Iqbal by Francesco D'Adamo
A Novel

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When young Iqbal is sold into slavery at a carpet factory, his arrival changes everything for the other overworked and abused chidren there. It is Iqbal who explains to them that despite their master's promises, he plans on keeping them as his slaves indefinetely. But it is also Iqbal who inspires the other children to look to a future free from toil...and is brave enough to show them how to get there.
This moving fictionalized account of the real Iqbal Masih is told through the voice of Fatima, a young Pakistani girl whose life is changed by Iqbal's courage.
 

About Francesco D'Adamo

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Francesco D'Adamo is well-known for his adult books in the tradition of Italian noir fiction. He began writing fiction for young adults to much foreign acclaim in 1999. Iqbal is his third novel for young adults and his first to be published in the U.S. D'Adamo lives in Milan, Italy.
 
Published May 8, 2010 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 128 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Although the story is fictionalized, its most harrowing aspects are true: “Today, more than two hundred million children between the ages of five and seventeen are ‘economically active’ in the world.” Iqbal Masih, a real boy, was murdered at age 13.

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A bonded servant in a Pakistani carpet factory narrates this novel inspired by the life and work of Masih.

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D'Adamo's brief book, his first published in the U.S., packs an emotional punch in a novel also inspired by the life and work of Masih.

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And the public Iqbal, who by all accounts became an extraordinary speaker, helping to lead the international campaign against the sale of rugs made by children, never fully comes to life.

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