Here are the books I’ve reviewed for The Children’s Book Council of Australia this past month!
Out of the Cages is set in Mumbai, where 15-year-old Meena has been working in a brothel for three years. When the book opens, she is terribly ill. But her Madam does not care, even as her roommate is trying her best to take care of her. When a raid occurs, she is given up as something for corrupt police to show their superiors and ends up at Little Sister Rescue Foundation.
This is the second in a series featuring India and her spelling talents, though it doesn’t seem to be marketed that way. It’s not entirely necessary to have read the first one, but it might allow young readers to see more of the character development, which evolves over the two books.
Malala Yousafzai is a name everyone knows, and the readers of Amal Unbound should know for this book is inspired by her experiences and her desire to see young girls – like Amal — educated in Pakistan. The Author’s Note, which should be a foreword, might be better read first to give readers an understanding of the powerful inspiration for Amal’s story.