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3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  3,368 Ratings  ·  434 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 122 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Aladdin (first published 2001)
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Questo è un romanzo importante, costruito su una storia vera, quella di Iqbal Masih, un bambino pakistano che, dopo anni di sfruttamento per la lavorazione dei tappeti, nel 1992 ha avuto il coraggio di ribellarsi al suo aguzzino per permettere di denunciare le "mafie dei tappeti". E' una bella storia di speranza che Francesco D'Adamo ha ricostruito con semplicità per lasciarne traccia, affinché il tempo non annebbi, insieme alla voce di Iqbal, quella di tutti i bambini sfruttati. Dunque un roman ...more
Euna Lee
Jun 29, 2010 Euna Lee rated it really liked it
Based on the true accounts of a real life hero, Iqbal Masih, "Iqbal" leaves the reader captivated by the heroic young children of the book and saddened by the existence of child bondage and slavery. The most compelling element of the book was evidently the characters. The tribulations of each child told through the eyes of Fatima and his heroic escape from bondage in the carpet factory inspires any reader who can feel the pain as the children face abuse, neglect and harsh exploitation.

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Mallory Bourke
Jul 08, 2010 Mallory Bourke rated it really liked it
This book was gut wrenching to read at certain points, because of the images that are created by the author's descritption. It is about a young boy from Pakistan named Iqbal. He is very brave, which also gets him into a lot of trouble. You can't help but root for this character who is a hero. You are constantly scared of what may happen to the characters. I really enjoyed reading the book and it is something I would introduce to my students who may not have a lot of knowledge about what happens ...more
Aug 18, 2014 Reeda rated it it was amazing
The story of a brave boy who was sold to a rug factory as a slave to pay off a family debt and his courageous battle to free all children in slavery for a hope of a better life as free children. This is a true story as told by Fatima, who was also a child slave, and recounts his life to free them from a life of cruelty, long hours and little food.
It was a heartbreaking story, sure to bring tears to your eyes, but also a story of bravery and courage for one so young to be able to stand up for him
Neha Patel
Amazing representation of child labor and the bravery boy who opposed it!
Linda Lipko
Jun 13, 2010 Linda Lipko rated it really liked it
When finishing a book such as this, I'm reminded why I love to read! Books open a world of information and a few pages of a previous unknown subject can lead to the craving to learn more and more and more.

Iqbal is a fictionalized novel based on a real-life young man who made a tremendous difference in Pakistan and drew a bright light on the dark, dirty, despicable issue of child slave labor.

Iqbal Masih was a child slave sold by his mother to pay family debts. It was not uncommon for money lender
Jun 07, 2012 Dana rated it it was amazing
This book is a very symbolic book about freedom, hope, and child labor. This books is about Iqbal, and Fatima, two children who are indentured slaves in Pakistan. Fatima narrates the book, while Iqbal is the main character. Iqbal is sold from merchant to merchant because he is rebellious. One of the many times he runs away he runs across an activist that is against child labor. He trusts in the wrong people and he confides to the corrupt police force that he is a runaway. They take him back to h ...more
Jan 08, 2016 KellenD rated it it was amazing
I thought it was a really good book. I think it is a great balanced book and I like how it gave detail.
Oona Timmeney-Tracy
Sep 02, 2012 Oona Timmeney-Tracy rated it it was amazing
Iqbal was a great book, witch takes place in Pakistan. The book starts out with a young girl named Fatima and her friends who work for a man named Hussain Khan in a carpet factory. But everything thing soon changes when a young boy named Iqbal arrives. Iqbal try's to tell them that they will never be able to pay off there debt. Over the work load feirce and most horrific conditions that they have to live through Iqbal and Fatima become close friends. When all they kids in the factory realize ho ...more
Nov 19, 2013 Millenia added it
Recommends it for: All 6th graders

This book is a great idea with a great execution. It gives spoiled young readers snapshots of a world they can scarcely imagine - a world where many children are slaves and have to weave carpets day after monotonous day until their fingers bleed to work off some imaginary "debt." The hunger and poor living conditions are realized in vivid detail.

I can't stress how important and educational this book is. I got my copy for $1 in library (they have an area that sells used books) and my copy has hi
Feb 18, 2010 Yolo rated it it was amazing
Iqbal Masih, a true martyr and real hero, proved to the world that age truly is just a number. Coming from a region where it is normal to sacrifice children in efforts to pay off family debts, Iqbal refused to settle for this life.

Iqbal, a fictional novel narrated by Fatima, a child slave owned by Hassan Khan to work in his carpet factory. Life at the carpet factory was the same routine daily until Iqbal arrived. On the outside he looked like a regular Pakastani child servant sold into bondage
Jul 03, 2016 Aisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The feelings that accompanied the ending of this book are truly heartfelt and somber, the perfect way to put it is "bittersweet". When I was in year seven this book was assigned to us but I never read it; I did however know that it held an important message and I longed to read it properly. So I did. The narrator of this book Fatimah takes us through her journey as a slave to Hussein Khan at a carpet factory. One day a boy named Iqbal arrives and the atmosphere shifts, the kids become a bit more ...more
Jan 28, 2014 Leif rated it liked it
Shelves: in-class-reading
Iqbal is a touching story based on the real life person, Iqbal Masih, who, after being in bonded labor with at least one other master, is given over to Hussain Khan, a child laborer, who Iqbal eventually resists against with the help of his friends. The book is very inspiring, and is very similar to real life circumstances demonstrated in the book, such as having very poor conditions, little or no pay, harsh punishments, and depression. The children get no education, or time to play, and must wo ...more
Surya Mudaliar
Apr 15, 2016 Surya Mudaliar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book taught me many things. But the end of this book was heart touching and the last letter from Maria to Fatima was so emotional that I as a reader cried after finishing reading the book. We as international students should learn many things from the book because the situation these kids are put in is not easy to deal with. I feel so lucky that I am born in this type of family. I can't imagine living a life like those kids. The way the author Francesco describes the life of Fatima is so em ...more
Feb 08, 2016 Rose rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic little book. It's quite short, only 120 pages, and it's an easy read. This book would be fantastic for middle schoolers and high schoolers. It's a fictionalized account of a real person, Iqbal Masih, who was a child laborer in the 90's. Of course, under international law, child labor is completely illegal. The situation reminds me of when slaves were emancipated in the US- they were technically free, but some owners just ignored the laws and the slaves didn't know. The childr ...more
Shruti Panda
May 09, 2016 Shruti Panda rated it it was amazing
This book is educational and addicting at the same time! There's no way to escape how much it teaches you and how creatively it does. I mean, this book taught me so much, and brought out the sympathy for people I never had. I personally never had a thought about Iqbal Masih and how he changed so many lives, but couldn't change his own for a very long time. This has many mixed emotions in it, which is kind of hard to explain because everything is done in a really implicit manner. I suggest for ev ...more
Iqbal is a very quick read - 120 pages long. It was very interesting and heart-wrenching at the same time, for while it's told from a fictional girl's point of view, it's a true story nonetheless and thousands of children are still enslaved like the ones in Iqbal around the world. And if you already know the story of Iqbal, then you already know that the book has a bittersweet ending. But I would encourage people to read it. It is considered juvenile fiction, but anyone of any age would enjoy it ...more
Ian Mchugh
Apr 23, 2016 Ian Mchugh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A 120-page, young adult-oriented, story of a group of child workers in Pakistan. The female narrator, Fatima, tells the story of her life, and the lives of other child workers in a carpet-making 'factory' in Lahore. Iqbal arrives amongst the group and gives them hope and liberation. Based on a true story, this would be a useful tool from which to educate/introduce Secondary/High school children to the topic of child labour. A simple story which is well written, accessible and deals with an impor ...more
Feb 28, 2011 Kelsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story had a poignant message that I think is beneficial for young middle schoolers to start being exposed to. It discusses the plight of Pakistani children at a time when child labor was especially rampant. For the students who read it (recommended for 6th grade), they will come away with a better global perspective of what life is like for other children their age in a different part of the world. It is wonderfully well-written, was an engaging and intriguing read, and has numerous importa ...more
Jun 07, 2009 Verdi rated it it was amazing
It was about a slave, a boy named Iqbal who came to a carpet factory one day to work after his other masters sold him. He slashed up a carpet with a knife he used for his work; he was trying to rebel against the owners of the carpet factory. He escaped along with all the other child slaves (and only one knew how to read) working in the factory and so then he became leader of a group of people who fight against child labor. It's a true story.

It made me feel like children have power, and it made
Linda Ott
Mar 18, 2012 Linda Ott rated it it was ok
I read this book because everyone in my son's middle school was required to read it. It is a very quick read taking just one evening for me.

The book tells the story of Iqbal, who has been sold into slavery at a carpet factory, and by extension, tells of the child labor/slavery market in Pakistan.

I had very little feeling about this book. Yes, child labor(and worse, child slavery) is horrific but the characters in this book were like cardboard cut-outs. I could not connect with any of them. I did
Told in an easy, simple manner that is accessible to all ages, but is a powerful read nonetheless. The story of Iqbal Mesih inspires hope and courage, as we discover how he fought for the basic rights of all children suffering under the oppression of child labour, to the extent that it cost him his own life.

Highly recommended as a good educational read that will spark a lot of interesting conversations about the quality of life led by children around the world.
Dec 09, 2015 Erin rated it it was amazing
This is a YA that takes a look at a large "adult" issue. It is story about a a real boy, Iqbal, told from the point of view of a Fictional girl, Fatima. Iqbal's life was the inspiration for the the brothers who began "WE day" and "We Act".

Initially I was intending to read this book to my 9 year old, but think this is an EXCELLENT story for those in grade 7 or 8. At they age, kids can be more involved in We Act. They may be able to grasp the global sense of this problem more.

Nov 18, 2016 Fidrees rated it it was amazing
Amazing story. Great things are shown in this book, courage, bravery, and cleverness. The children that are exploited and forced to work in a carpet factory escape to freedom through their courage and wits. This book will have you clinging to the edge of your seat. Francisco D' Adamo has truly " weaved " together a moving story that will leave you asking 1 question: " What does it feel like to be exploited, like those children? "

The Reading Countess
The autrocities that young children are forced to endure all over the world is sometimes never seen or heard of by young people in the US. For this reason, after I read Iqbal a few years ago, I applied for (and won) a grant for a class set of these books to lead a book club. Social justice at your doorstep.
Oct 17, 2015 Talia rated it liked it
Shelves: for-school
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Celina Rose
May 09, 2015 Celina Rose rated it really liked it
SO SAD! My students loved this book. We read it as a class as a part of our approaches to learning (IB curriculum). Students were engaged because the story is real and accessible to all levels of readers.
Feb 01, 2015 Ibraheem rated it it was amazing
Amazing read.
Kelly Park
Nov 30, 2016 Kelly Park rated it it was amazing
Love the ending
Oct 19, 2008 Carmen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Carmen by: ginger
This is such an amazing book! I cried and laughed and was amazed at the emotion it carried.. not to mention its amazingly a true story! OMG! you all have to read it!
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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.
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