Amal Unbound is an award winning novel that tells the story of a young girl growing up in Pakistan who is forced into indentured servitude. Amal loves learning and yearns to be a teacher when she grows up, but her dreams are threatened when she has an unfortunate altercation with the wealthy landlord of her village. Pakistani-American author Aisha Saeed founded the organization "We Need Diverse Books" and has written Amal Unbound to shine a light on the illegal, yet widespread, practice of indentured servitude and gender discrimination. It is a valuable resource for students and teachers to examine social injustices in Pakistan and around the world.
The setting of a story is the all important time and place. The story of Amal Unbound is set in modern day times in the Pujab Province of Pakistan. The story takes place in Amal's village primarily at her family's home and also on Jawad Sahib's estate. Students can use a setting map to illustrate the different settings in the book and write a short description of each place in the description box.
PUNJAB PROVINCE, PAKISTAN
AMAL'S FAMILY HOME IN THEIR VILLAGE
JAWAD SAHIB'S ESTATE
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed is a book set in modern day in the Punjab Province of Pakistan. Pakistan is north west of India, east of Iran and Afghanistan, and south west of China.
Amal's family live in a house in a small village in Pakistan. Her father owns a sugarcane farm.
Amal is sent to live in Jawad Sahib's estate as an indentured servant. It is a massive, luxurious house with many servants.