Middle Grade Book Club

Start: 
Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 3:00pm
Location: 
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

Our Middle Grade Book Club (ages 8-13) continues on Saturday, October 13 at 3 PM! Our next read will be AMAL UNBOUND by Aisha Saeed.

How it works:

1. Purchase a copy of AMAL UNBOUND from the store for your middle grader.

2. Middle grader reads the book!

3. Come to the store for a book club discussion with fellow readers, facilitated by our Children’s Specialist Joy.

Parents are welcome as well, but the focus will be on letting our young readers discuss their opinions of the book and its story. Light refreshments will be provided. Books available for purchase through the store.

More about the book:

Life is quiet and ordinary in Amal's Pakistani village, but she had no complaints, and besides, she's busy pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher one day. Her dreams are temporarily dashed when--as the eldest daughter--she must stay home from school to take care of her siblings. Amal is upset, but she doesn't lose hope and finds ways to continue learning. Then the unimaginable happens--after an accidental run-in with the son of her village's corrupt landlord, Amal must work as his family's servant to pay off her own family's debt. 

Life at the opulent Khan estate is full of heartbreak and struggle for Amal--especially when she inadvertently makes an enemy of a girl named Nabila. Most troubling, though, is Amal's growing awareness of the Khans' nefarious dealings. When it becomes clear just how far they will go to protect their interests, Amal realizes she will have to find a way to work with others if they are ever to exact change in a cruel status quo, and if Amal is ever to achieve her dreams.

About the author:

Aisha Saeed also wrote Written in the Stars, and is a Pakistani-American writer, teacher, and attorney. She has been featured on MTV, the Huffington Post, NBC and the BBC, and her writings have appeared in publications including the journal ALAN and the Orlando Sentinel. As one of the founding members of the much talked about We Need Diverse Books Campaign, she is helping change the conversation about diverse books. Aisha lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and sons.

Amal Unbound Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399544682
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - May 8th, 2018