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Title
Wanting Mor
Author
Khan, Rukhsana
Publisher
Groundwood Books
Publication Date
2009
ISBN
9780888998620
Format
Under Consideration
Grade Level
06
07
08
Abstract
Jameela and her family live in a poor, war-torn village in Afghanistan. Even with her cleft lip and lack of educational opportunities, Jameela feels relatively secure, sustained by her Muslim faith and the love of her mother, Mor. But when Mor dies, Jameela's father impulsively decides to start a new life in Kabul. Jameela is appalled as he succumbs to alcohol and drugs, then suddenly remarries, a situation that soon has her a virtual slave to a demanding stepmother. After she s discovered trying to learn to read, Jameela is abandoned in a busy market, eventually landing in an orphanage run by the same army that killed so many members of her family. Throughout it all, the memory of her mother sustains her, giving Jameela the strength to face her father and stepmother when fate brings them together again.
Subject
Orphans - Fiction
Afghanistan - Fiction
Grief - Fiction
Stepmothers - Fiction
Mothers and daughters - Fiction
Abandoned children - Fiction