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Free The Children [Kindle Edition]

Craig Kielburger
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This is the story that launched a movement.

At only 12 years old, Craig Kielburger was shocked to discover the realities of child labour faced by kids his own age throughout the developing world. Driven to take action and witness these conditions first-hand, he and his trusted mentor Alam embarked on a journey that would take him to places he'd never imagined.

Free the Children recounts Craig's remarkable odyssey across South Asia, meeting some of the world's most disadvantaged children and learning the truth behind the headlines. Be there with him as he explores slums and sweatshops, fighting to rescue children from the chains of inhumane conditions. Along the way, he makes lasting friendships, enjoys wild adventures and launches the movement that would explode into an international sensation.

Winner of the prestigious Christopher Award, presented to books "which affirm the highest values of the human spirit," Free the Children has been translated into eight languages and served as inspiration for thousands of young people around the world.

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In April 1995, 12-year-old Craig Keilburger read an article about a Pakistani child who, at the age of four, was sold into slavery by his parents. For the next six years, he was shackled to a carpet loom, tying thousands upon thousands of tiny knots, twelve hours a day, six days a week. For this he was paid three cents a day. Amazingly, his will was never broken; he escaped and began efforts to reveal the horrors of child labour. But when he began to gain international attention, and Pakistani carpet manufacturers began to lose orders, he was shot and killed. Craig Keilburger contacted human rights organizations around the world, and with a small band of his friends from school he formed Free the Children. To see firsthand the working conditions of South Asian children Craig journeyed through the world of slums, sweatshops, and back alleys where so many of the children of South Asia live in servitude, often performing the most menial and dangerous of jobs. This is the chronicle of the continuing work of one young activist and the human rights organization he founded at the age of 12, to bring attention to the worldwide abuse of children's rights.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 631 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Me to We (1 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042FZXB0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #572,883 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Free the Children is an eloquent discussion of the proper and improper roles forced on children around our planet, carried out through the story of its author, fifteen-year-old Craig Kielburger. After reading a newspaper article about a Pakistani child labour activist who was killed, likely for his activism, Craig began investigating the issue of child labour. A small band of his classmates giving speeches to local schools quickly snowballed into a lobby group of growing numbers and influence. Intent on seeing the evils of child labour first hand, Craig set off on a remarkable odyssey across Southeast Asia; most of the book is a recount of his adventures.
One would be missing the point, however, if one took this book to be a travel chronicle punctuated with marvellous stories of meeting child prostitutes or raiding carpet factories. No, the point of Free the Children is not simply to tell Craig's story, it is to convince the reader that child labour is wrong, children should be listened to, and we all must do our part in achieving these two objectives. The last two chapters, the thematic heart of the book, are an overt discussion of these ideas, and it was here where I was decisively convinced of the worthiness of Craig's project. As he stresses repeatedly, we all must do more than talk about what we believe in; by serving explicitly and thematically as a call to action, his book does this. In our adult-focused world where children are forced, depending on their place of birth, either into lives of labour or lives of sedentariness, Craig's message of empowerment is crucially important, important enough that this book may well find a role in many a classroom, and regardless should constitute essential reading for the 10-18 age group.
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Recently I read the book FREE THE CHILDREN, written by Craig Kielburger. Craig's book interested me because I know him and have worked with his organization for the past three years. Craig is sixteen years old, at the age of twelve he decided to take on an international fight against child labour. FREE THE CHILDREN is about his famous trip to Asia, where he met with the Prime Minister and strived to better understand the plight of working children. At the begining of the book Craig talks about Iqbal Mashi, a child labourer who had been murdered for speaking out about his horrible working conditions. It was Iqbal's story that inspired Craig to research the issue further then present the problem to his class and eventually form FTC. It also talks about his family and hoe they have influenced him. If you have ever heard Craig speak, them it should come as no surprise that his book was so captivating and motivating. He has a way of making the most complicated subjects easy to understand, with out taking any of the fire out of them. What is more amazing is that he is only sixteen! The description he uses through out the book grabs the reader and holds them with out wavering till the end, because of this it is the kind of book you can't put down. I read all 318 pages in less then two days after I had gotten it for christmas. It felt as though I were travaling through Asia, riding the trains, meeting the people right alongside Craig. The book also details the events and people leading up to his Asia trip. It was after reading up in all the articals, books and magazines that he could find about child labour that Craig decided to take action. With the help of his classmates a very successful garage sale was organized. Read more ›
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Someone has defined a best seller as a book that fills a need, leaves the reader a different person, and makes you want to rush out and buy one for a friend. Free the Children is all of that. Never have I been as touched by a book on social issues as I was by Kielburger's story of how he at twelve was challenged by the death of a child worker in Pakistan to invite friends to become informed about child labor around the world. Their interest quickly sparked what has become an international organization of children working on behalf of other children. Interspersed with a wealth of data on the subject, Kielburger gives numerous personal stories that take us into the lives of child laborers in Southeast Asia--carpet makers, mechanics, domestic workers, child prostitutes--we see their difficulties, but also see their courage, their dreams, their heartaches, and beneath it all, real, human children. Standard objections to ending child labor are dealt with frankly and wisely. And at the end of the book Kielburger gives information on how we all--children AND adults--can all be a part of ending child labor throughout the world. Kielburger and his co-writer Kevin Major are to be congratulated for giving us a readable, touching, real look into the child labor scene.
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Free the Children is not only an interesting read but one of the most thought provoking books I have curled up with lately. I stayed up half the night to finish the book! The book exposes the harsh realities of millions of children around the world. Through Craig's travels and meetings with street and working children, the book examines the various causes of child poverty and the exploitation of children - from poverty itself, the policies of the IMF and the World Bank, to the greed of individuals and whole societies. The book was depressing at times (reading about eight year old girl separating used syringes) yet incredibly uplifting and inspirational at other times. If a kid like that can have such an effect on society, maybe anything is possible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ...It has changed how I think about child labor.
It hasn't only changed me but it has made me to do further reasearch and actually get-up and do something. This book is incredible! There is no way to describe this book. Read more
Published on 10 July 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
Read it! It will really move you!
Published on 8 Jun. 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars This book shows how powerful a single soul is.
This book is a great book. I have read it 3 times. It is intresting to hear about what childhood is half way around the world. Read more
Published on 27 Mar. 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book!
Craig Kielburger's novel is a stunning indictment of the evils of child labor and the need for the empowerment and education of youth. Read more
Published on 26 Jan. 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, well written and waiting for his next adventure
Craig Kielburger has written about what one person can do when they see injustice in the world. At 12 years of age, Craig went on his own personal crusade to find out about the... Read more
Published on 18 Jan. 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars The lines of this book can cut through your heart and soul.
I have never seen a young person can put his words together so well and so thorough. His words will convince the reader(s) with the proofs that he has witnessed personally. Read more
Published on 11 Jan. 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and insightful
Free the Children is a fascinating and insightful look at one of the greatest social problems facing the world today - child abuse. As a Zimbabwean. Read more
Published on 8 Jan. 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Free the Children is insightful and moving.
As a member of Free the Children in the United States, I found the book to be particuarly insightful. Read more
Published on 3 Jan. 1999
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