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Iqbal by Francesco D'Adamo
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Dec 22, 2008

it was ok

Adil Kolenovic 12/22/08
Mr. Nourok Writing Arts 9
You can’t judge a book by its cover and that also goes for the book “Iqbal” too. The title may sound outlandish and strange from its name, but it’s actually an excellent book. The thing that’s great about this book is that it’s written in a calm and relaxed tone and quickly becomes tense during a significant scene. The story just unfolds in your hands and all you have to do is read it. The plot is set up perfectly and things start falling in place as the book progresses. The theme of this book doesn’t sound too captivating, but once you get drawn in, you slowly understand all the hardships those kids face and the corruption of the government unable to stop it.
Iqbal is set in Pakistan, where numerous carpet making factories employ thousands of children every year to do all the dirty work and only a few activists are able to prevent it. The story is told from the perspective of Fatima, a girl working in a carpet making factory for a ruthless man named Hussain Khan. Characters like Iqbal and Salman play a big role in the story. The children’s lives are spent blistering in the dusty old workroom threading the needle during the day and sleeping on a dirt floor at night. The only freedom they are awarded is a short lunch break of lentil soup and plain bread. As soon as Iqbal arrives, things start changing. Iqbal is a phenomenal worker, but also stubborn enough to destroy a luxury carpet worth a fortune in his defiance of freedom. The children envy his work at first, but after a few courageous and daring stunts, Iqbal gets their full support behind him and rallies them to fight for their freedom.
Watch as an unlikely hero with a mighty spirit brings change and peace to kids derived of freedom. Iqbal goes from being imprisoned himself to freeing other fellow child laborers throughout Pakistan. His biggest challenge is Hussein Khan, a man so fierce and so dangerous, that he locks “non-productive” workers in an underground dungeon where there is no light or food for days. This is truly a test on Iqbal’s courage and propels him into another career and dimension. Every chapter is a cliffhanger and leaves you wondering what will happen next. Francesco D’ Adamo’s writing is truly masterful and compelling and can be compared to Louis Sachar in the book Holes. He also does a great job of weaving reality and fantasy to create an unbelievable book. The moral of the story, which you will learn, is nothing can match up to courage and one person can make a difference.
Hope and courage are one of the biggest themes in the book. Iqbal gives hope to Fatima and Salman and all the other characters when he risked his life by running away to the city and calling the authorities. Fatima, of all others, was most affected by Iqbal. Iqbal is her only friend during dark times and he helps inspire her by promising her that they will get out and fly a kite freely in the city. When you read this book you will learn to appreciate that you are not in a country where you are forced to work as a child and how ordinary people can summon courage to topple a superior adversary.
Iqbal is definitely a classic for young adult readers everywhere and shines a light on one of the world’s darkest problems. I learned about the misery and abuse many children face in child labor factories through this fictional story. Pick up this book and find out about the ultimate struggle for change!

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message 1: by Alice (new)

Alice hey adil,
i like how you start off by refering to a phrase everyone knows. like how you said "you can't judge a book by its cover..." and than gave details and evidence from the book to show why that phrase is true. i thought it was a creative way to start your book review. Your book review really got me interested and i really like how you summarized it with not too much detail and gave your opinion.(:

message 2: by Janel (new)

Janel you are right. looking at the cover of this book and readng the title i probably never would have picked this book up to read it. based on your summary of the book it seems pretty good and ill think twice aout reading it.

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