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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
by Francesco D'Adamo
Age Range: 12+
When 13-year-old Iqbal arrives at Hussain Khan’s carpet factory he brings hope
to Fatima, Maria and all the unseen children who are consigned to a life of slavery.
They discover that their families’ debt will never be cancelled, no matter how
many inches of progress they make on their rugs, despite what the carpet
owner tells them. It is Iqbal who is brave enough to talk about the future and
encourage the children to stand together against their master’s injustice.
Together they dream of soaring free, high in the sky – a sky they can only just
make out through their workshop window.
Based on the true story of Iqbal Masih, a courageous Pakistani boy who was sold into slavery. Iqbal won the Reebok Youth Action Prize in 1994 for his work raising awareness of child slavery and helping to free numerous children from factories and workshops in Pakistan.
Francesco D’Adamo brings Iqbal alive in this powerful and moving account of his courage and tenacity as he attempts to change the lives of thousands of Pakistani children. Although this is a tragic story, the author allows Iqbal’s humanity and hope to shine through the narrative.
(Outside In: Children’s Books in Translation, Milet, 2005)