The cover of this book speaks volumes. Amal's story is at times heartbreaking and inspiring. Despite being forced into indentured servitude, she does not give up. The despair one might feel in such circumstances could be paralyzing, but Amal has had dreams of college and a career as a teacher. Even though those dreams seem to be crushed, she still finds ways to make the lives of those around her better. You can't help rooting for her and being so impressed by the things she accomplishes even while she is trapped by the feudal system that still exists in her village.
My sister-in-law has been reading this book to her 4th grade class. I know many other classes would be changed and enlightened by this book. Highly recommended!