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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (July 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416903291
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416903291
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 19.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 4-7-Thirteen-year-old Iqbal Masih was murdered in his Pakistani village in April, 1995, a few months after he had received an international prize and traveled to Sweden and the United States, speaking about his six years as a bonded child in Lahore carpet factories. The murderers-perhaps part of the "Carpet Mafia"-have never been caught. In smoothly translated prose, D'Adamo retells the boy's story through the eyes of a fictional coworker. Also sold into servitude to pay her father's debt, Fatima worked in Hussain Khan's carpet factory for three years and had forgotten almost everything about her previous life. She had grown used to the long hours, the scanty rations, the heat, and the cramped quarters of a life spent tying carpet knots and sleeping beside her loom. She and the others in the workshop are stunned when Iqbal appears and tells them that their debts will never be paid. He tries to convince the children that their situations can change and he escapes to the market where he hooks up with members of the Bonded Labor Liberation Front. Fatima doesn't come alive as a character in her own right, but the situation and setting are made clear in this novel. Readers cannot help but be moved by the plight of these youngsters. This thinly disguised biography makes little effort to go beyond the known facts of Iqbal's life. Nonetheless, his achievements were astounding, and this readable book will certainly add breadth to most collections.
Kathleen Isaacs, Edmund Burke School, Washington, DC
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Gr. 4-7. This moving docu-novel, translated from the Italian, adds a new dimension to the recent biographies of Iqbal Masih, the brave young activist who brought global attention to the appalling facts of contemporary child labor. Told from the fictionalized viewpoint of Fatimah, a young Pakistani girl who toils alongside Iqbal in a carpet workshop and is inspired by him to rise up, the personal story is a close-up view of the power of Iqbal's cause and the anguish of his death. The harsh facts will rivet readers. Fatimah tells what it's like to be rented as a child to a cruel master, her small fingers valued for their flexibility in weaving. Foreign clients come to buy the carpets and barely notice her. Iqbal's artistry thrills the master, until Iqbal cuts his carpet, runs away, and shows Fatimah--and the world--the necessity of rebellion. D'Adamo frames the story with an introduction about child workers now and a terse epilogue about Iqbal's murder ("He was about thirteen"). The writing is simple yet eloquent. Hazel Rochman
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 7C on March 31 2008
Format: Paperback
The book Iqbal is a fantastic book. It is based on a true story. The author's name is Francesco D'Adamo, but the book is in the voice of a little girl named Fatima. She had worked in the same carpet factory as Iqbal. I found Iqbals life very interesting while reading this book.

I found the book Iqbal unique because first of all it is a true story and second Iqbal does a bunch of wonderfull things in his life. This book is about Iqbal's father boroughing money from Hussain Khan. He wasn.t able to pay him back so Iqbal is forced to work for him. In the end Iqbal escaped the carpet factory that Hussain Khan owned. Unfortunatly Iqbal died at the age of 12. Fortunatly before had died or passed away he had done many great things in his life. Iqbal had saved everyone in the carpet factory Hussain Khan owned. He went on to save everyone in other carpet and brick factory's. When Iqbal had passed away Eshan Khan a man who helped Iqbal claimed that the carpet mofia had killed Iqbal.

What really shocked me in this book Iqbal is that when Iqbal escaped the first time and brang cops to Hussain's carpet factory they never did anything, they just left. I was suprised they never cared at all about child labour.Overall Iqbal is a fasanating book and it is suitable almost everyone to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 31 2003
Format: Hardcover
A powerful book about a young boy from Pakistan who was influential in freeing children from slavery in the carpet trade. Translated from Italian, this book is a fast, easy read. It is an eye opener for those who are unaware of child bondage. It will also create in young readers the realization that great things can be accomplished by youth.
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By Pleased Customer on March 2 2014
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Had item as described delivered earlier than estimated. Thanks! Hard to find this item in stores so this was great. Most importantly, the book is well-written. Sad and hard to put down.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Great for middle school classrooms Oct. 25 2007
By Lizbeth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Iqbal Masih was a 4 year boy who was sold into child bonded labor for under $50 by his parents. He worked in a rug making factory in Pakistan under deplorable conditions. At the age of 10 he escaped and began crusading against illegal child bonded labor practices. His work won him the Reebok Human Rights Award and he came to the US to receive the award. Upon his return home Iqbal was murdered while riding his bike near his grandmother's home. While no one knows who murdered him, it is assumed that the "carpet mafia" wanted to silence him.

Iqbal is a fictionalized account of Iqbal Masih's life. It is written at a fifth grade level but the content is better suited for middle school students. We are reading this book as a kick off to our study of child labor practices around the world. The book is compelling and told from a adolescents point of view. It is advised that this book is read as a class and within context of classroom discussions and facts about child labor. A student reading this book without classroom support may have a difficult time with emotional and societal issues addressed in the novel.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Iqbal Dec 1 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Iqbal was a boy who had to work in a factory owned by a really mean ugly old guy who was really strict and didn't treat the kids well, more like slaves. Iqbal had to work there to pay off his parent's debt. He knew he would never get out of there, so he stood up for what he believed in. Iqbal inspired other kids to do the same as well. He got so famous that today it is illegal to have child laborers. It's really sad, but it's a really good book. :)
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Iqbal by Annabel Massey April 5 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Iqbal, a great fictional novel, is written by Francesco D'Adamo.

Francesco D'Adamo wrote the story told through a girl, Fatima.

Iqbal's major award that it won was the Christopher Award in 2004. The

Christopher award was established in 1949. These awards are given to

directors of books, writers of books, producers, and television

specials. These awards goals are to encourage people to use their

talents and imagination to make the world more positive. This book is

set in Pakistan, at Hussain Khan's factory near a dry countryside.

Iqbal

Masih, a young Pakistani boy, comes to the carpet factory and brings

hope to all the other slave treated children. He tells the other

children that their family's dept will never be canceled. He meets

Fatima and promises her she will be free soon. He comes to the

factory and is the bravest boy there. He knows he can escape and be

free. He even has the courage to talk about the future. Fatima is a

Pakistani girl who is at the factory because she has to pay her

fathers debts. She meets Iqbal and they become close. He promises her

she will be free, and they will soon go kite flying together. Fatima

is used to the harsh conditions and when Iqbal shows up her hopes are

raised. This book is so intriguing it makes all the readers keep

reading. You not only get to read a great novel, you get to learn

some interesting facts about harsh working factories in Pakistan. The

reader's response to this book is very meaningful. Iqbal has become a

symbol to millions of children in the world, who have had hardship

and violence in their life.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Stretching toward a window: children striving to escape Pakistani carpet factories Dec 5 2010
By labfs39 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In real life, Iqbal Masih was a young Pakistani boy who escaped child slavery in a carpet factory and worked to help free other exploited children. This short historical novel is written from the perspective of a young girl who works in the same carpet factory as Iqbal and becomes his friend. Like many children in Pakistan, Fatima is indentured by her family and has no hope of ever paying off the debt. Her despair and hope are beautifully described in an analogy where every morning she stretches toward a window that brings in the scent of the almond tree outside. She hopes to someday be able to reach the window and pull herself up for a look. Perhaps she is 1/4 of an inch closer? No, probably not. Then Iqbal is transferred to her Master and begins working at a loom near hers. They become friends, and Fatima becomes aware that Iqbal is not like her and the other children. He is not afraid. Or rather, he is afraid, but stands up for them anyway.

I was afraid to begin reading Iqbal because the topic of child exploitation is so emotionally difficult. But instead of despair, D'Adamo creates a beautiful mood of childish innocence and hope that transcends the passivity of some characters and the greed of others. I found myself wanting more: both of the delicate language and of the story. I would like to read more by this new-to-me author, and the book's bibliography provides some opportunities to learn more about the real Iqbal Masih.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Empowering/Moving/A Must Read Dec 4 2005
By G. Kennedy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This story is valuable both as literary prose and for its powerful message about child labor. It follows Iqbal (a former child laborer in Pakistan) as he works to end child labor and hold those who support it accountable. I couldn't put it down. To learn that Iqbal was in fact a real child who had the inner strength to fight for not only his own, but the freedom of all children sends an incredibly powerful message to any reader.


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