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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 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 to show them how to get there. This moving fictionalized account of the real Iqbal Masih is told through the voice of Fatima, a young Pakistani girl whose life is changed by Iqbal's courage.


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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 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 to show them how to get there. This moving fictionalized account of the real Iqbal Masih is told through the voice of Fatima, a young Pakistani girl whose life is changed by Iqbal's courage.

30 review for Iqbal

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sarah_ E1

    Iqbal reminds me of Salva in ALWTW. They both had no freedom, and could not do what they desired. But had trust and confidence to do what they believed in and never gave up. Iqbal had hope and determination that he would free the children from child labor in Pakistan, even though when he shared his thoughts, nobody believed him. 6 million of the children are worked in forced or bonded labor. In carpet making, they worked from dusk till dawn, squatting for hours having the sun beating on them, and Iqbal reminds me of Salva in ALWTW. They both had no freedom, and could not do what they desired. But had trust and confidence to do what they believed in and never gave up. Iqbal had hope and determination that he would free the children from child labor in Pakistan, even though when he shared his thoughts, nobody believed him. 6 million of the children are worked in forced or bonded labor. In carpet making, they worked from dusk till dawn, squatting for hours having the sun beating on them, and low benches in front of their looms, breathing dust and lint. Many of them are chained to their looms. There is no time for play and little time for rest. They are not visible to the outside world. When Iqbal tore the most astonishing patterns on the carpet he made, he was sent to the Tomb for weeks where there were no food, water, or enough oxygen. Children who were forced in it said that there were spiders and mice. He almost died in it until the house of their master got him out. Nevertheless, he escaped the house at night to the city, then went back to the master's house with policemen and accused the master and mistress of exploiting children and make them work like slaves in carpet workshops or brick factories. He said that the masters are greedy and wicked and that they should be put in prison. Only someone with so much bravery would dare to even complain to the masters of the house because the consequences are horrible. The master told them that they're workers, that he pays them regularly, that there aren't any chains. And they believed him. The master also bribed them with money, and the policemen left. Iqbal was sent to the Tomb again. After that, he left again to the city and freed the children with the Bonded Labor Liberation Front of Pakistan. He fought to free most of the children bonded to labor in Pakistan and was invited to give speeches all around the world. He inspired people and they respected him. Salva had his world flipped upside down because of the war. He did not know where his family was, and they could have just died. But Salva believed that he would find his family again. He faced so many obstacles like no resources, lions, gunshots, crocodiles, mosquitos, bees, lost of his best friend, and most importantly, the death of uncle which strengthened Salva the most. Because of his determination, he crossed the line which people would not have if they didn't have such great hope. With one step at a time, he made it through Ethiopia, Kenya, and eventually to America. But that was not the end of his journey. He wanted to start a project for Sudan. Salva shared his plan with the churches, organizations, and schools to raise enough money to build a well and a school for many of them so they don't have to walk almost a day back a forth to get water. These people's lives are forever changed because of Iqbal and Salva's courage.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mallory Bourke

    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 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 in this country with young children. I can honestly say it opened my eyes to the injustices that these children are faced with. I am so comfortable in my own little world that I forget there are situtaions like this one happening everyday.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stella❤️ 孔凡星

    Second Read: March 2019 💕First Read: April 2015

  4. 4 out of 5

    Euna Lee

    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. Chapter O 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. Chapter One begins with the quote, "Yes, I knew Iqbal. I think about him often. I like to. I feel I owe it to him. You see, for Iqbal I was not invisible. I existed, and he made me free. So here is his story. As I remember it. As I knew him." Reading it again after finishing the book, it voices all the children who is affected by the heroic deeds of a young boy who wanted freedom for all. I believe this could be a great book to teach students the history of child labor laws and children's rights.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Maya Palavali

    This book is so good that if I had a bucket of stars, I would dump it on this book. Real rating: Infinite stars.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  6. 5 out of 5

    Neha Patel

    Amazing representation of child labor and the bravery boy who opposed it!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Linda Lipko

    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 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 lenders to prey on helpless poor people, lending them amounts they were not able to repay. In return, children were taken and worked (sometimes to death) under barbaric conditions. At the age of five, Iqbal was enslaved in a carpet factory, chained to a loom, where, like many, he worked night and day with little food, little light and no contact with the outside world. Iqbal escaped twice, once he was returned at the hands of corrupt policemen who received bribes. Successfully escaping the second time he sought help from the Bonded Labor Liberation Front who helped to free him and many. Sadly, in 1995, at the age of 12, he was murdered . He is indeed a hero! And now, because of this book, I'm off on a new journey to learn as much as possible, not only about Iqbal, but about child labor in Pakistan and throughout the world. ( )

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dana Fontaine

    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 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 his master where he is severely punished. Iqbal stands up to his master and everyone is freed. Not every ending is a happy one, though. You must read this book to find out what happens. This book is slightly fictionalized. Iqbal was a real child that existed and helped many people to safety.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Reeda Booke

    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 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 himself and many others. That his life was cut short was tragic.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Daniel E

    I give the first half of Iqbal a go three. First, I like "Iqbal". Next I lake story. However, I do not like Hussein Khan because he is bad for all these reasons, I give the first half of Iqbal a three.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    If you need a quick read, then this book is perfect because it’s descriptive and only 120 pages.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Astra

    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 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 me further realize how lucky I am to be free.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anoushka K.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. And... now Iqbal is over! I just felt a whirlwind of emotions during this book. D’adamo takes real events and a sort of poeticism to create a tale that is both sad and uplifting, and the result took my breath away. It was amazing. “My sister, I don’t know where you’re going, or how I’ll be able to communicate with you, or even if we’ll meet again. I just beg of you, don’t forget. Tell somebody our story. Tell everyone our story. So that the memory will not be lost. That’s the only way to keep Iqb And... now Iqbal is over! I just felt a whirlwind of emotions during this book. D’adamo takes real events and a sort of poeticism to create a tale that is both sad and uplifting, and the result took my breath away. It was amazing. “My sister, I don’t know where you’re going, or how I’ll be able to communicate with you, or even if we’ll meet again. I just beg of you, don’t forget. Tell somebody our story. Tell everyone our story. So that the memory will not be lost. That’s the only way to keep Iqbal at our sides forever.”

  14. 4 out of 5

    KellenD

    I thought it was a really good book. I think it is a great balanced book and I like how it gave detail.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is an inspiring story of told by Fatima a slave in Pakistan. Working for Hussain Khan for three years to pay of the money her parents owed the moneylenders, she spends every day making carpets in a factory with other kids. Every day, if the work is good enough, Hussain Khan erases one of the lines representing, the debt from the slate that is above her loom. But somehow after being erased the lines on her slate are never done, neither are any of the other children's slate. Iqbal is sad This book is an inspiring story of told by Fatima a slave in Pakistan. Working for Hussain Khan for three years to pay of the money her parents owed the moneylenders, she spends every day making carpets in a factory with other kids. Every day, if the work is good enough, Hussain Khan erases one of the lines representing, the debt from the slate that is above her loom. But somehow after being erased the lines on her slate are never done, neither are any of the other children's slate. Iqbal is sad when he comes, but different than the other children. Even being chained to his loom, he isn't afraid of Hussain Khan. He works better than any other kid in the factory. The children in the factory find out that Iqbal is weaving a Blue Bukhara, a carpet that has a vey complicated pattern. One morning, some people come to the factory. Hussain Khan wants it to be perfect, but Iqbal rips up the Blue Bukhara into pieces. The carpet is ruined, and Iqbal is put into the Tomb, the Tomb is used to punish the children Iqbal promises Fatima that someday they will fly a kite together. Then he runs away by climbing out the window. Iqbal comes back three days later with two policemen. Fatima watches them hand a struggling Iqbal back to Hussain Khan in exchange for two small stacks of money. Iqbal is sent to the Tomb for so long that they forget the number. When he comes out he told the other kids that he had heard a speech from the Bonded Labor Liberation Front of Pakistan. The guy said that being slaves was now illegal, and Iqbal had told the police that he was a slave and they brought him back to Hussain Khan. Iqbal showed them a pamphlet from the Liberation Front, but no one can read, but then they find out that Maria can. She has never spoken before, Maria starts to speak and is able to teach them. In a year, everyone can read the pamphlet and the address at the bottom. Iqbal escapes again during a fight between the kids. He comes back with the leader of the Liberation Front. The children are freed. Not sure of where to go, the children go to the Liberation Front headquarters till they are reunited with their families. They are washed, fed and given comfortable sleeping quarters. Iqbal keeps his promise to Fatima, and they spend an afternoon flying a kite together as, one by one, the children are returned to their families. Soon only Karim, Iqbal, Maira, and Fatima have not gone back to their families. Eventually Fatima goes back and lives with her family. Maria and her stay in touch by sending letters to each other. Then , Maria sends a letter that says that Iqbal was killed on a bicycle by a shot fired by a man in a car before the car sped away. Maria is still the Liberation Front headquarters. She tells Fatima to tell Iqbal's story, to keep it alive. This book made me feel many emotions. Many times I felt pangs if anger at the way Hussain Khan and others treated the child slaves. I felt a deep anger when I read about the Tomb, and how on pg 41 after he tells them about a wild boy who used to work here and wouldn't work. "So the master put him in Tomb?" "Five days he kept him there." "And did he come out?" "Yeah he cam out. They carried him out like the dead, but he didn't die. He was burned from the heat and his skin had peeled away." This made me feel sorrowful for all the children slaves, but the he part where i felt most sorrowful was pg 118 where Iqbal dies. Him dying made me sorrowful but the fact that this story is true and this is happening to children made me really appreciate my life.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Edwards

    Iqbal is based on Iqbal Masih's life as a bonded laborer in Pakistan during the early 1990s. This fictionalized account of what happens when one boy lets go of fear to better his plight and help his friends find freedom is inspirational and motivating. It leads readers to investigate and question the enforcement of human rights globally. This historical fiction text incorporates a plethora of figurative language and symbolism. The vocabulary utilized is basic enough for an upper elementary school Iqbal is based on Iqbal Masih's life as a bonded laborer in Pakistan during the early 1990s. This fictionalized account of what happens when one boy lets go of fear to better his plight and help his friends find freedom is inspirational and motivating. It leads readers to investigate and question the enforcement of human rights globally. This historical fiction text incorporates a plethora of figurative language and symbolism. The vocabulary utilized is basic enough for an upper elementary school student to easily comprehend, and the content is deep enough that it could stretch the inquiry of an 8th grader. Iqbal has the power to open the eyes of students to what childhood may look like to those stuck in the cycle of poverty. While the cultural differences may feel abundant at first, the story is written in a way that allows the reader to connect with the characters in meaningful ways and realize they are not so different. I imagine that this book could be used as a read aloud, independent unit, or part of literature circles. Themes of courage, hope, ethics, justice, and human rights would be valuable for students to reflect on. The way D'Adamo introduces and develops his many characters would also be beneficial for students learning characterization.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cecily

    I thought the book "Iqbal" by Francesco D'Adamo was very good. The story is told through the eyes of a young girl named Fatima, who works in a carpet factory with other children. The work is hard and not fit for children. Life is hard for them, until Iqbal arrives and changes everything. I thought this book was very good because the story was interesting. The story was always very surprising. One example of this is when Iqbal sliced the carpet that would make the master, Hussain Khan, a lot of mo I thought the book "Iqbal" by Francesco D'Adamo was very good. The story is told through the eyes of a young girl named Fatima, who works in a carpet factory with other children. The work is hard and not fit for children. Life is hard for them, until Iqbal arrives and changes everything. I thought this book was very good because the story was interesting. The story was always very surprising. One example of this is when Iqbal sliced the carpet that would make the master, Hussain Khan, a lot of money. I certainly did not expect that to happen, most likely nor did any other reader. I also liked how the author added in the influence he had on the other children. for example, after he tells Maria about kites, she weaves a kite in her carpet. When Hussain Khan threatens to put her in the tomb for doing this, the other children all yell, "Put me in with her!" I thought this was very brave of the children and Maria. Another aspect I like about this book is how it spreads awareness about children who have to work in such bad conditions. I think people everywhere should read the this book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Emma McKinny

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Iqbal is about the life of Iqbal Masih. Iqbal lived in Pakistan, and like many other children, was bonded to a master. This means that at some point in his life, his parents had to borrow money, and in order to pay of the debt they sold their child. This was illegal at the time, and it still is, but nobody seemed to care. Iqbal escaped from his master, and joined the liberation front. He was given an award for helping so many children escape, and was going to go to college, but then, tragedy str Iqbal is about the life of Iqbal Masih. Iqbal lived in Pakistan, and like many other children, was bonded to a master. This means that at some point in his life, his parents had to borrow money, and in order to pay of the debt they sold their child. This was illegal at the time, and it still is, but nobody seemed to care. Iqbal escaped from his master, and joined the liberation front. He was given an award for helping so many children escape, and was going to go to college, but then, tragedy struck. It’s not completely clear what happened, but he was found dead on the side of the road. The murderers have yet to be discovered. Iqbal became a symbol for the children of Pakistan, and his story should be taught to every child. He helped prove that children can do amazing things, when allowed to be free.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The book was lovely. I think the author really explained slave children's point of view, for example on pg. 102 when they visited the brick factory the children just told them to go alway even though they we actually saving them. This proves that most slaves have already lost hope, and hope is the most IMPORTANT thing you can have. I have learned a lot about perspective from this book, the slave owners really think that they are right because the slaves have debt. I've learned from the liberatio The book was lovely. I think the author really explained slave children's point of view, for example on pg. 102 when they visited the brick factory the children just told them to go alway even though they we actually saving them. This proves that most slaves have already lost hope, and hope is the most IMPORTANT thing you can have. I have learned a lot about perspective from this book, the slave owners really think that they are right because the slaves have debt. I've learned from the liberation that some there are good and bad people in the world, for example on pg. 83 the liberation saved the children when they could've just ignored the problem and took the payment, but they acknowledged the problem and solved it. I also admire people like Iqbal because they are stubborn, adventurous, brave. In the story Iqbal could have just abandoned them but he CHOOSE to go to the cops and try to help his friend. Another example is when they got freed, most of the children just left, but Iqbal stayed and tried to help other children who were in slavery(people he didn't know)! Iqbal's job was very dangerous, kind of like a spy Iqbal infiltrated the factories and saved the kids, on the move once he even got beat by the owner. The tomb was hot, the tomb was dry, the tomb had scorpions, and the tomb had nothing. And Iqbal was sent in there multiple times, but he did not bow down to his master, yet he just became stronger and stronger, stronger than ever.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jaeyoon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Iqbal is about a boy named Iqbal, who tried to save children, escaped from the “slave factory”, saved other child slaves, and got killed. He was a slave in Pakistan, who worked to help people to have their freedom back and to become free. He was a big influence to others when he first came to Mr. Hussein’s house, and encouraged others to be positive, and believe in freedom. Even though he got caught while trying to convince the police to arrest Hussein, he managed to escape again and become the Iqbal is about a boy named Iqbal, who tried to save children, escaped from the “slave factory”, saved other child slaves, and got killed. He was a slave in Pakistan, who worked to help people to have their freedom back and to become free. He was a big influence to others when he first came to Mr. Hussein’s house, and encouraged others to be positive, and believe in freedom. Even though he got caught while trying to convince the police to arrest Hussein, he managed to escape again and become the children's hero. This book made me think of a lot of things. It made me to think of child slavery, the truths behind all things happening in world, justice, and other things. The truth of child slavery was absolutely shocking. I already knew that they were poorly treated, especially when they made mistakes, but I didn't realize that they were locked with no foods and water for days until I read this book. It made me mad how their human rights were taken away from them. No living creatures are supposed to be treated that way, but yet, they were. Sadly, child slavery isn't the only bad thing happening in this world. There are so many bad things happening, and it made me to think about how I couldn't do anything about any of them. Another thing I was curious about was, what could have happened if this story was written in another person’s perspective? Since this was written by Fatima, one of the children, Iqbal might have seemed like a hero, but I was wondering if Hussein felt the same about Iqbal. I gave this book 4 stars, not because there was something wrong this book, but because it was a sad ending (I know that it sounds so whiny and childish), and it wasn't the type of story that I enjoyed. But overall, I loved this book, especially how the author used descriptive languages so well, and I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in knowing more about child slavery.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Eugene

    hmm I don't really know how to rate this since I don't read much non-fiction, so I'm going with the following: how I would rate it as if it were a fictional book (2 GR stars: it was okay) plus a bonus star for the information level (not much) and for the cause (good cause). Maybe it deserves a higher rating, I don't know. I found it pretty shallow and fairy tale-like, but should it be blamed for that, given that at least the skeleton of the story consists of just real life events? I dunno.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Rodríguez

    This is an incredible and shocking book, it let me intrigued. If you're interested in reading something different this is the perfect book. Iqbal is a young boy who works for a carpet factory. He arrives at the factory with a desire to change his reality. Moreover, Iqbal inspires other children to have a prosperous future, free from slavery labour. His story is told by Fatima, a young girl who witnesses the reality for many children that work from a very young age to satisfy the global market de This is an incredible and shocking book, it let me intrigued. If you're interested in reading something different this is the perfect book. Iqbal is a young boy who works for a carpet factory. He arrives at the factory with a desire to change his reality. Moreover, Iqbal inspires other children to have a prosperous future, free from slavery labour. His story is told by Fatima, a young girl who witnesses the reality for many children that work from a very young age to satisfy the global market demands.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Jahng

    A gripping story about a real and tragic problem. This book grabs you from the beginning and doesn’t let go. I do think the action was a bit uneven in places with spots where too much was narrated, but this book will still stay with me for a long time.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Noah Strate

    Taking slaves to do your work is bad and In the masters point of view he is probably like the slaves are getting what they deserve one rupee a month because on pg48 it looks like Iqbal came back from his adventure out side the camp. And I think that is why the master is treating them so badly. Maybe if the slaves were good they would get treated better and have enough money to get out of the camp. If I were the Master I would quit my job find a real job not involving slaves like being a baker or Taking slaves to do your work is bad and In the masters point of view he is probably like the slaves are getting what they deserve one rupee a month because on pg48 it looks like Iqbal came back from his adventure out side the camp. And I think that is why the master is treating them so badly. Maybe if the slaves were good they would get treated better and have enough money to get out of the camp. If I were the Master I would quit my job find a real job not involving slaves like being a baker or a chief or some other thing not involving SLAVES. Anybody can be a slave anyone can be a baker anyone can be a chief, it all depends on your personality, if your good or if your bad. Slaves could be good, slaves could be bad, the master could be good and let the slaves free. The master could be bad and let the slaves work! If you do something good to someone, something good will happen to you.

  25. 4 out of 5

    taarena

    THIS IS SUCH AN AMAZING BOOK!!! It’s a very very sad book but it is sooooo so good!!! I had to read this for my class but I am so glad I did!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tony

    I like Iqbal because he is very clever. He saved many children. In the middle of the story, he found the police to help them. He thought the police will help free the children but Hussain Khan bribed the policemen. He is also very strong. He stayed in the tomb for three days, and he was still alive! Although Karim and Fatima and others helped him, he is still great! He worked very hard when he was saving other children. The one best thing I like about him is that he is very brave. He escaped f I like Iqbal because he is very clever. He saved many children. In the middle of the story, he found the police to help them. He thought the police will help free the children but Hussain Khan bribed the policemen. He is also very strong. He stayed in the tomb for three days, and he was still alive! Although Karim and Fatima and others helped him, he is still great! He worked very hard when he was saving other children. The one best thing I like about him is that he is very brave. He escaped from the workshop twice and found someone to help. The master shot him while he was in the brick factory saving all those children. However, he wasn't afraid. Nothing can stop him from continue saving the children. What a heroic story!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Maksim Kim

    I like Iqbal because he save many children lives. He was very brave. He was not afraid to die if he die will be save children lives. In beging he was just slave but this slave was very brave he want all the slave free. But he cannot read because he was not study his parents was poor. In there was police bad the owner was very rich there their was very bad. I feel the Pakistan was very bad country. I feel the owner was very very bad. The owner wanted just money. The Iqbal very good boy he risk hi I like Iqbal because he save many children lives. He was very brave. He was not afraid to die if he die will be save children lives. In beging he was just slave but this slave was very brave he want all the slave free. But he cannot read because he was not study his parents was poor. In there was police bad the owner was very rich there their was very bad. I feel the Pakistan was very bad country. I feel the owner was very very bad. The owner wanted just money. The Iqbal very good boy he risk his life to help children slaves. He die in his young age Iqbal was murmur in Pakistan. It was so sad.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sun

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. He's vary brave and he's a hero. Because he run away from the owner. He ask for help and he save all the children slaves.At last he kill by a man so i think it's a very sad book in the end. I learn we have to be brave and help the people's that beside you.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chloe

    Iqbal is a pretty good Book because it is a True story and it is really intresting In The Middle when you start it Will seem really Boring but as you read it,it gets more interesting . When it was almost finished I started predicting That iqbul was gonna die because you get the feeling that he was going to die but you don't actually k now what was gonna happen

  30. 5 out of 5

    Israel G

    I give the first half o Iqbal a 4. First, I like Iqbal en rent the Hussain Kan.Next, I like Iqbal because he makes beautiful carpets. However, I do not like the Iqbal in the tomb. For all these reasons, I give the. First, Half of Iqbal a 4.

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