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Jameela lives with her mother and father in Afghanistan. Despite the fact that there is no school in their poor, war-torn village, and though Jameela lives with a birth defect that has left her with a cleft lip, she feels relatively secure, sustained by her unwavering faith and the strength of her beloved mother, Mor. But when Mor suddenly dies, Jameela’s father impulsively decides to seek a new life in Kabul. Jameela, a devout Muslim, is appalled as her father succumbs to drink and drugs and then suddenly remarries, a situation that turns Jameela into a virtual slave to her demanding stepmother. When the stepmother discovers that Jameela is trying to learn to read, she urges her father to abandon the child in Kabul’s busy marketplace. Throughout it all, it is the memory of Mor that anchors her and in the end gives Jameela the strength to face her father and stepmother when fate brings them into her life again.
Jameela, a young girl living in war-torn Afghanistan, struggles to find her place in the world after her mother dies and she moves to Kabul with her drunken father where she clashes with her stepmother and ends up in an orphanage.
Number of Pages: 190
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: People + Places / Middle East
Age Range: Teen
Author: Rukhsana Khan
Street Date: September 1, 2010
Item Number (DPCI): 248-50-2859
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Annie K — 7 years ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was an assignment for a grad school class, after I began reading it I couldn't put it down! The characters' feelings come out to the reader in a way that made me feel not only what they felt but I felt empathy for them as well, especially Jameela. I teach 6th g...see moreof the reviewer's review