This is a powerful story about one girl's fight for justice in Pakistan. Quietly getting on with life, Aster faces huge changes when her brother dies. Instead of finding a suitable husband, her parents decide that she will be educated, which to a western mind is a good idea.
But she attends a school for Muslim girls and is in the minority being a Christian. At her examinations a teacher who finds her difficult as a Christian accuses her of blaspheming. It was a simple spelling mistake with enormous consequences.
Aster is imprisoned, her family and the whole village have to move away and she faces the death sentence.
In Australia, there is an online petition which gathers amazing results, but will it really help?
I read to the end in absolute unbelief.... a must read book. Excellent blog by Paula Vince, worth reading.
We recommend for ages 10 and above and for adults too.
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