Call Number: JUV PZ7.1.S24 Am 2018
Publication Date: 2018
American Library Association Notable Children's Bk 02/2019; Amelia Bloomer List Project. Top 10. 2019; YALS: Quick Picks for Reluctant YA Reader. Fiction 2019; CSMCL. Best Books. 2018; School Library Journal Best Books 2018
"Twelve-year-old Amal's dream of becoming a teacher one day is dashed in an instant when she accidentally insults a member of her Pakistani village's ruling family. As punishment for her behavior, she is forced to leave her heartbroken family behind and go work at their estate. Amal is distraught but has faced setbacks before. So she summons her courage and begins navigating the complex rules of life as a servant, with all its attendant jealousies and pecking-order woes. Most troubling, though, is Amal's increasing awareness of the deadly measures the Khan family will go to in order to stay in control. It's clear that their hold over her village will never loosen as long as everyone is too afraid to challenge them--so if Amal is to have any chance of ensuring her loved ones' safety and winning back her freedom, she must find a way to work with the other servants to make it happen."