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Wanting Mor

Written by Rukhsana Khan

For students in grades 5 - 9 | Published May 01, 2009 | ISBN 9780888998620
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Middle East

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192 pages | 7.500 in × 5.000 in
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About this book

Wanting Mor

Rukhsana Khan

Winner of the Middle East Book Award, Youth Fiction category

Jameela lives with her mother and father in Afghanistan. Despite the fact that there is no school in their poor, war-torn village, and Jameela lives with a birth defect that has left her with a cleft lip, she feels relatively secure, sustained by her 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. He 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 simply abandon the child in Kabul's busy marketplace. Jameela ends up in an orphanage.

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.

About the Author

Rukhsana Khan

Rukhsana Khan is an award-winning author and storyteller. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, she is an expert on books with international and Muslim themes. She has presented at schools and communities across Canada and the US, as well as at the 2006 ALA Conference in New Orleans and the 2008 IBBY Congress in Denmark. Her book, Wanting Mor won the Middle East Book Award. Rukhsana lives in Toronto with her family.

Awards and Praise
  • Commended SSLI Honor Book, 2009
  • Winner Middle East Book Award, 2009
  • Commended IRA Notable Books for a Global Society, 2010
  • Short-listed Muslim Writers Awards Childrens Book, 2011
  • Long-listed CYBIL Awards, 2009
  • Commended Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, 2010
  • Commended USBBY Outstanding International Books, 2010