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  • Age Range: 10 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books; First Trade Paper Edition edition (July 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0888995199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0888995193
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Sequel to The Breadwinner, Parvana's Journey by Deborah Ellis follows the eponymous 12-year-old girl who, disguised as a boy, sets off from Kabul in search of her missing mother and siblings in Taliban-era Afghanistan. When war breaks out, she bands together with other displaced children. Royalties from the sale of the book go to Women for Women, a relief organization benefiting women in Afghanistan. Ages 10-14.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 7-10-This sequel to The Breadwinner (Groundwood, 2001) easily stands alone. After her father's death, 13-year-old Parvana, disguised as a boy, wanders alone through war-torn Afghanistan looking for her mother and siblings who had disappeared in the tumult of the Taliban takeover of Mazar-e-Sharif. Early in her journey, Parvana comes across a baby, the only survivor in a bombed village. She takes him along, as both a burden and comforting company. Taking shelter in a small cave, she discovers an angry one-legged boy who is starved for both food and human companionship. Imagining treasure in their cave, they dig, only to find a cache of bullets-a scene that epitomizes what childhood has become for these young people. The three continue Parvana's search, stopping for a time in an apparent safe haven on the edge of a minefield where an eight-year-old lives with a near-comatose grandmother. When their refuge is destroyed, the four children join a long line of refugees, arriving finally at a camp. A bittersweet ending offers some hope for Parvana and her family, but readers are left with a horrifyingly realistic picture of the effect of war on children. While the reading is not difficult, the grim content cries out for discussion. An unforgettable read.
Kathleen Isaacs, Edmund Burke School, Washington, DC
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Traci D. Haley on December 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I read "Parvana's Journey" over Thanksgiving break. This book, the sequel to Ellis' "The Breadwinner", continues the story of Parvana, a young Afghan girl who disguises herself as a boy in order to help her family survive. In this one, Parvana's been separated from her mom and siblings, and her father has just died. She travels across Afghanistan, picking up refugees as she goes along (including an infant boy, a boy missing a leg, and a girl who believes she is magically protected against mine fields). This installment was even more heartwrenching than the last and it is truly the perfect novel to read at Thanksgiving time - it makes you remember what you should be thankful for.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By kristen on November 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I am a fan of Deborah Ellis' work, especially since I read Parvana's Journey, and The Breadwinner. Parvana is a young girl who must disguise herself as a boy to support her family in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan (The Breadwinner), and then must try to find them again (Parvana's Journey).
Parvana is a wonderful character: she is smart, brave and resourceful. She lives in a terrible place and time, but she never admits defeat. ALthough the things that Parvana goes through are horrible, her story is really one of hope. And gives real insight into the situation in Afghanistan, and what people have to face there. Very readable, very relevant -- I highly reccomend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
When Parvana sets out on her long journey to find her mother, sisters and brother, she is a new person. For the journey she cut her hair and put on boys clothes. The Taliban is ruling Afghanistan and Parvana cannot be wandering around, alone as a girl. In the beginning of her journey, Parvana stops at a village, left in ruins after a bomb. While she is wandering around the village, she hears a noise. Not an animal noise, but a human noise. She looks inside the hut with the noise and finds a thin, crying baby. In front of the baby is the body of a woman, with the flap of her burqa (a long garment covering the whole body) flipped up. Parvana decides to bring the baby with her on her journey. She names the baby Hassan and treats him as if he is her son. Along the way Parvana meets two more people. Asif is a one-legged, selfish and angry boy and Leila is a curious, caring and young girl. Parvana does not get along easily with Asif and Asif tends to throw rocks at her and insult her when he is mad. Hassan can sometimes drive Parvana crazy with all of his crying and Leila wanders off into mine fields and goes into villages when they are being bombed even when Parvana tells her not to. The most interesting thing about the story is that even though she can get very frustrated with them and their not always nice to her, Parvana always shares her food with them (even when theres only a little bowl of rice for their food), shares her blankets with them and treats them as though they were never ever mean, frustrating or annoying to her. Parvana is a perfect example of the Golden Rule. She treats Asif, Leila and Hassan the way she would want to be treated.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karissa on November 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is an emotional loopty-loop. It really brought to life the poverty and hunger that "we" feel is so far away...death,,,killing,,,mourning,,,sorrow and graves were plentyful in this book. It shows the world the social issues from a resident's perspective. Although there were many sad times in the book, it was well written and deserves to be a bestseller. (hopefully this book will push ppl to join peace corps. to Afganistan)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Landon Reed on May 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
Thank you, Deborah Ellis, for Parvana's Journey. This is book two in a trilogy of Ellis books about life in war-torn Afghanistan. The book is written in a very simple style, which does well to draw in reluctant readers. Be forewarned, the book is grim. Ellis does a fine job of presenting many harrowing misfortunes children must contend with when war hits home: land mines, starvation, death, and abandonment are a few of the events presented. The book is quite timely as we've been reading or seeing news coverage, on and off, for over a decade on Afghanistan. Ellis allows young readers to experience the tragedy the people endure there without traveling. It is difficult to read these books and not appreciate all that we have here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By civil class on March 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
Deborah Ellis is a weaver of tales. This book gets a person inside the head of a 13-year-old girl striving to survive the Taliban. In her journey, she gains a new family after she had lost her own due to the war. After reading this book, you get a better understanding of what children who live in war torn countries have to undergo in order to survive. At times Parvana wonders if she will ever get out of the cycle of death and war. "For a moment she wondered what she was becoming. Then she dismissed the question. `I didn't create this world,' she said to herself. `I only have to live in it.'"(128) The ending is very surprising. This book will move you to want to do something for the millions of displaced children in the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miz Black on March 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book was filled with many moments of sadness and despair and some fleeting moments of joy. Most of all it is a realistically told story of one young girl's journey to find her missing family members while dealing with life as best as she can under the circumstances. The end is bittersweet when she loses the young girl she encountered on her journey and who she had adopted as her sister but finds her long lost mother.

There are many memorable scenes in this book but one that stands out vividly is that of a young girl shouting out at the planes dropping bombs and telling them to stop what they're doing. How many of us think about the many individuals who are suffering from a war that is not of their making? I think the numbers are too immense for me to comprehend. I hope the story in this book will stay with me so that when I next read an article about the war in Iraq or Afghanistan or wherever, I do not forget to think about the number of lives that are being affected.
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