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Beneath My Mother's Feet

Title

Beneath My Mother's Feet

Authors

Amjed Qamar

Publisher

Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Publication Year

2008

ISBN

9781442414518

Pages

208 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

When her father is injured, fourteen-year-old Nazia is pulled away from school, her friends, and her preparations for an arranged marriage, to help her mother clean houses in a wealthy part of Karachi, Pakistan, where she finally rebels against the destiny that is planned for her.

Grade Level

6-8

Topic

Family Relationships; Poverty; financial hardship; poor

Main Character

girl

Race/Ethnicities

Pakistani

Family Formation

mother and father

Awards

Amelia Bloomer List, 2009
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2009
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award, 2009-2010
Master List
South Carolina Junior Book Award, 2010
Nominee
The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection
Ohioana Book Award, 2009, Winner, Juvenile Literature

Keywords

Pakistan; household employees; maid; school; marriage

Diversity Impact

direct

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