Wanting Mor

Rukhsana Khan's young adult novel tells the story of a girl from a poor village in Afghanistan who is trying to remain hopeful after her mother dies.

Rukhsana Khan

Jameela lives in a poor village in Afghanistan. Life is hard, but she endures, thanks to her loving, generous mother. But when her mother dies, Jameela's father uproots the family and suddenly remarries. Jameela's life gets worse when she's caught trying to learn to read and her family kicks her out. The memory of her mother keeps her going. Inspired by a true story, Wanting Mor introduces readers to a different, difficult world and a strong, inspiring young woman.

Wanting Mor is for readers ages 13 and up.

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The last time someone died, our house was full of people, all coming with whatever food they could spare.

But then so many people were killed.

It doesn't look like that's going to happen this time. There have been too many funerals. People are tired. And with all the mines left behind in the fields, and the years of drought, there's little food.

The aunties leave for home. That's the signal for the men to come in and take my mother away, charpaee and all.

Let them be gentle.

From Wanting Mor by Rukhsana Khan ©2009. Published by Groundwood Books.

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