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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  661 ratings  ·  166 reviews
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, JameelaOCOs father impulsiv ...more
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Published May 1st 2011 by Groundwood Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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A sad story about a young girl growing in Afghanistan after the wars and during American occupation of that country. It is very sad.

I read this book at the same time that I read Esperanza Rising. Both stories touched me and both had a strong female as the main character, though Jameela in Wanting Mor seemed a little stronger mostly because of the ending of the story. I would like to hope that reading these kinds of books would help girls to know that they are stronger than they think and that li
This was one of the most heart-wrenching books I have read this year. The story centers around Jameela, a young Afghani girl who loses her mother Mor. Her father has many of his own personal issues and decides to uproot Jameela from their home and head off to Kabul, seeking a better life. Once in Kabul, the pair move around from place to place, and when her father re-marries, Jameela finds herself abandoned in the middle of this strange city. She ends up in an orphanage where she has to fall bac ...more
Wanting Mor, a novel by Rukhsana Khan, tells the story of Jameela, a young Afghan girl whose mother dies in the beginning of the book. After that, her life becomes a series of tragedies and mishaps, and yet Jameela's goodness and honesty make this story ultimately a happy one.

After her mother dies, Jameela's father takes them from their small rural village to Kabul. He marries a woman who doesn't like Jameela, so he takes Jameela to the market and abandons her there. It's a heartbreaking part of
Casey Strauss
Jameela, a young Afghani girl, lives in a poor village with her mother and father. The rest of Jameela’s family has perished in a bombing at a family wedding. Jameela’s father is left broken and angry from this event; he withdraws from his wife and daughter to deal with his grief. Jameela then relies on her mother as her support system, going to her for advice and companionship. When Jameela’s mother suddenly dies, her world, as she knows it ends. Further emotionally devastated, her father turns ...more
I don't believe there are many books about Afghanistan for children, and this one manages to be 9-to-12 appropriate while at the same time showing the incredible difficulties of life (especially as a female) in that most unfortunate of nations. Probably the author's background as a Muslim (albeit a Pakistani one) contributed to the authenticity of the narrative.

That said, it was kind of predictable, most of the characters were two-dimensional, and (without trying to spoil the book) it had a sort
This book has been written in a really beautiful way. The book starts off with the death of Jameela's mother, making the reader want to find out more. The plunge Jameela's life takes is really interesting, and I'm looking forward to more books from Duckbill's Not Our War series[ NOW].
4.5 stars. A quick, one sitting read. Good story, recommend for Gr 5 and up. Had the potential to be longer and more developed, for which I would've given it the 5 stars.
This book is about a young Afghan girl named Jameela. She lives in a poor village in Afghanistan. Her mother died and her father is in charged of her. He hardly acts like a father in the story. They moved to Kabul for better opportunities and she was forced to leave behind, including the grave of her mother. She had to adjust herself to the place. Her father remarried. The step-mother could not stand Jameela and she became a slave to her. She ended up living in an orphanage because Baba
Bryon Butler
An irony of Wanting Mor is that the main character, Jameela, finds home to be an orphanage and learns to love a child disregarded by the rest. These realities are weaved in a tragic story of the death of her mother, the abandonment of her father, her…yes…evil stepmother, and a war-ravaged Afghanistan. In place also, in the midst of traditional Islamic culture, is Jameela’s desire to be beautiful and loved. Throughout the story we see kind characters that befriend her and a deception by those who ...more
Leesa Savage
This story is about Jameela and the struggles she has endured as a child. She was born with a cleft lip, a birth defect. One day Jameela wakes up to find her mother had passed away. Poor Jameela has lived in poverty, many family members had died from either the war or getting sick. Her father is an alcoholic, has a major drug addiction and to top it off a temper that would scare anyone. Jameela father does not give her the proper time to grieve about her mother, and makes her move from Afghanist ...more
Lauren Richards
This story is about Jameela and the struggles she has endured as a child. She was born with a cleft lip, a birth defect. One day Jameela wakes up to find her mother had passed away. Poor Jameela has lived in poverty, many family members had died from either the war or getting sick. Her father is an alcoholic, has a major drug addiction and to top it off a temper that would scare anyone. Jameela father does not give her the proper time to grieve about her mother, and makes her move from Afghanist ...more
Carlos Gastelum
Khan, R., (2009) Wanting mor. New York, NY: Groundwood Books.
Wanting Mor is a realistic fiction/multicultural book about a young Afghan girl named Jameela’s life living in a poor village in Afghanistan. In the beginning her mother has just died and her father is now in charge of her although he is not the best. He hardly acts like a father figure throughout the story. I noticed that she often resorts to prayer throughout the book. When Jameela's father moves them to Kabul for better opportunitie
I had a difficult time getting into and staying with this book. I think it would be appropriate for teenagers who are well read and up for a challenge. In addition, I think the teenager would have to have a knowledge of Islamic culture and a desire to know more. Just couldn't get into this one.
Muslim Voices book. Read this in two sittings. I really liked the emphasis on the value of reading & learning. I thought it was interesting the main character noted the way she or others would look down on people and for which reasons (differences in moral values, cleanliness, status, etc). Some parts of the books would be difficult to understand as there were a scattering of Arabic (or Farsi?) words throughout. I thought it was interesting we are never told which year it is beyond American ...more
Leah Vener
This book illustrates a young girl who has grown up in a village in Afghanistan. The protagonist is a young girl named Jameela. Her life changed after her mother died and she was taken by her cruel father to the city of Kabul. There her father meets many people that Jameela must work for. He soon finds a wife. She treats Jameela very poorly and eventually convinces Jameelas father to get rid of her. She was put out on the streets but her life turned around when she was taken into an orphanage.
#رواية / #أريد_مور

للكاتبة / #روكسانا_خان

رواية مؤلمة و أحداث واقعية بطابع مميز و حياة مختلفه، مؤثرة وصادقة جداً ، دقيقة رغم بساطتها.

تدور أحداث القصة حول الفتاة "جميلة" التي عاشت اليتم بعد وفاة والدتها وذاقت شتى أنواع الضياع، تحملت الألم و المعاناة ولكنها لم تتغير.. فالبذور التي زرعتها والدتها بها قبل أن ترحل لم تذبل، هكذا هي التربية تظل متأصل بنا مهما تعرضنا للظلم و الاضطهاد.

ما أعجبني في الرواية هي اللمسة الأسلامية التي لم تغادر أحداثها ، فكان لصلاة والوضوء حيزاً جميل يعكس النفحة الأيمانية ال
In contrast to the other books I've been reading with female protagonists in the Middle East, I liked this one because of its authenticity. There was little to no exoticism, and Jameela is a strong but realistic female protagonist grounded in her culture, rather than a "fiery" girl being somehow "crushed by the majority culture." I was surprised to see how many reviewers mentioned this book being depressing: there were many parts of this book that were sad, but overall, I found Jameela's story u ...more
Wanting Mor left me literally wanting more. I grew so invested in Jameela and her story that I wanted to continue reading about her life. This story takes you on the roller coaster of a life that Jameela experienced in Afghanistan. She went through heartbreak, tragedy, and turmoil but kept going to make a life for herself. I think that female students in high school could benefit from reading Jameela's story. She was a true fighter who stood strong in her beliefs. I highly recommend this book to ...more
It is possible for a book to at once be tragic and full of hope, because Wanting Mor is both of these things. After the American invasion life in Afghanistan is difficult. Fields lie fallow since no one can risk farming among the landmines. Subsequently, food is scarce. Many people have lost loved ones due to hunger, illness or the foreign invaders. When Jameela’s mother dies, her father takes her away from the village she has known all of her life to Kabul. Jameela tries her best to be useful a ...more
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Erin Reilly-Sanders
I picked up this one in order to experience some of Rukhsana Khans's writing, as I was working on an author profile of her. Starting with Muslim Child: Understanding Islam Through Stories, I got a good idea of her faith which is one of the most striking aspects of her writing. Wanting Mor stays true to this by informing readers, who are likely to be from Canada or the United States and unfamiliar with Islam, of the tenets of this Middle Eastern faith. This story for young teens is less obviously ...more
Mrs. Romaniuk
“I thought she was sleeping,” says Jameela at the beginning of this moving book. She describes how she discovered her mother, motionless and cold, one early morning. From this point on, her life changes drastically at a dizzying pace. Her father takes her away from the village she called home to live in Kabul. Jameela is self-conscious and constantly hides behind her porani due to her cleft palate. Not long after, her father remarries and Jameela’s stepmother convinces him to abandon Jameela. Th ...more
Realistic fiction, family/friendship, survival, identity, learning to read. This book reminds me of the novels: The breadwinner and The story of my life: Afgan under the sky because it takes place in Afghanistan after 2001. In the opening chapter Jameela's mother passes away and the next day her father sells their mud home and all of their belongings and moves them to Kabul. Jamella becomes a house maid for a while and then her father decides to marry a woman so that they may have a better life. ...more
This story is all about Jameela and that's good and bad. I didn't like that because I felt that the rest of the characters were ignored. I really wanted to learn more about the stories of the other girls at the orphanage where Jameela ends up. Well, not all the girls, but the ones who she mentions the most. That's all she does, briefly mention them but she never delves deeper into their stories (Zeba, Soraya, Arwa), yet they know her entire story. This didn't seem particularly fair to me. I also ...more
"If you can't be beautiful you should at least be good. People will appreciate that."

The protagonist Jameela embodies goodness. It is hard not to fall in love with her. She is patient, long suffering and sweet. Her attempts at being "good" when faced with impossible life situations left me wanting to rescue her from all the horrors dealt her throughout the story. Yet, I was left worried about the ultimate message this story sends the reader.

It's not that I am against "goodness" per se. But, ho
Jameela has never had much, but she does have a roof over her head, even if the floor is dirt. And food to eat, however simple it may be. And most importantly, she has her mother, her 'mor'. With her cleft lip she has never considered herself beautiful, but she has always tried to be good. But when she wakes up one morning to find her mother dead there's an even larger cleft created her in life. Her father moves her to town where she works as a servant, then he marries a selfish woman, and ultim ...more
Canadian Children's Book Centre
Jameela keenly misses her beloved dead mother (Mor). Mor’s teaching had encouraged her on the path to becoming a gracious Muslim woman. However, Afghanistan life after the American invasion of 2001 is treacherous for vulnerable youth. Jameela’s father, ruined by drugs, alcohol and other Western- or war-spawned problems, cannot guide her. He moves them to the city, but at his new wife’s urging he abandons his daughter at the market and Jameela ends up in an orphanage. Readers track Jameela’s jour ...more
"Wanting Mor" reminded me a bit of a Cinderella story, in that the main character, Jameela, loses her mother and is mistreated by her father and new stepmother. This is the second novel I have read recently that is set in Afghanistan, and I found the conditions for women to be shocking in both novels. Jameela is a young girl who suffers from a cleft lip. In the beginning of the story, her mother dies. The reader can immediately see the caution that Jameela takes when caring for her father who sm ...more

Wanting Mor is the story of Jameela, a young Afghani girl. When her mother dies after a short illness, Jameela’s father decides to pack up and leave their home for Kabul selling all their belongings. Is doesn’t take long for Jameela’s Baba to remarry. Jameela becomes a virtual slave to her stepmother, cooking and cleaning and sleeping on the floor. She knows that her Mor would want her to be good so she never complains about the hard work that she has to endure. Her father spends much of the tim
Katy Vance
Overall, I liked this book. It is reminds me of a Thousand Splendid Suns but for a younger audience. I appreciated that the author took the time at the end of the book to explain the background for her story, which stemmed from a "report issued by Afghanistan's department of orphanages". Additionally, she acknowledged the women who helped her vet the story for accuracy and cultural authenticity, who are from Kabul and Khandahar. There is an excellent glossary at the end, which I wish I ahd thoug ...more
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