Wanting Mor

Wanting Mor

Book - 2009
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Jameela lives with her mother and father in Afghanistan. Despite the fact that there is no school in their poor, war-torn village, and though Jameela lives with a birth defect that has left her with a cleft lip, she feels relatively secure, sustained by her unwavering faith and the strength of her beloved mother, Mor. But when Mor suddenly dies, Jameela's father impulsively decides to seek a new life in Kabul. Jameela, a devout Muslim, is appalled as her father succumbs to drink and drugs and then suddenly remarries, a situation that turns Jameela into a virtual slave to her demanding stepmother. When the stepmother discovers that Jameela is trying to learn to read, she urges her father to abandon the child in Kabul's busy marketplace. Throughout it all, it is the memory of Mor that anchors her and in the end gives Jameela the strength to face her father and stepmother when fate brings them into her life again.
Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9780888998620
Branch Call Number: KHAN
Characteristics: 190 p.


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JCLChrisK Sep 17, 2013

Opening paragraph: "I thought she was sleeping. It was a relief to wake up to silence after all that coughing during the past few days." --- From the glossary: "Mor - Pushto word for mother." --- Jameela doesn't realize it until later--and only gradually--but the death of her mother is the final straw that leaves her father a broken man. The rest of their family has already been killed by war, so all the two of them have left is each other. He responds by selling their house and all of their possessions and leaving their small Afghanistan village for the big city of Kabul. There he looks for easy opportunities, but his vices keep ruining them until finally they don't even have each other and Jameela ends up completely on her own in an orphanage. --- There is much more to the story than that, of course, but saying more would risk ruining the impact of the telling. It's a moving story that could very easily have drifted into melodramatic and manipulative territories yet doesn't. Khan lets the characters' actions speak for her and doesn't tell readers what to think or feel. The characters--for a book this accessible to young readers--are complex and never simple caricatures. Jameela is a strong and admirable young woman, yet believable and real. The story is infused with the culture of its setting naturally and organically. The entire enterprise is accomplished excellently.

Dec 08, 2012

This is a great book! It is sad in a way, yet it is happy in parts. I like the way it does not have any bad parts, yet is very realistic.

k_maclean Oct 21, 2011

Heartbreaking but fantastic! Hopefully this book will inspire a dialogue between child and adult and a little more understanding about what is going in Afghanistan.

Scout_WPL Oct 20, 2010

Will be starting a reading list for Islamic Culture. After reading The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson I am beginning to understand the range of experiences and cultures that fall under the Islamic label. This book is a good read for grade 8+. Although fiction it does present cultural practices in a straightforward story.

samdog123 Feb 22, 2010

When Jameela's mother dies, she and her Father move from their small village to Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan. It's a very moving tale of what becomes of this young girl.

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Dec 08, 2012

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jessy24 Aug 15, 2012

thats right. he cant do anything to me. not with all those people in the other room. but still i should get out of his reach.


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