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  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 9
  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books (August 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0888999593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0888999597
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nominated for the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, 2004

"A great kids' book…a graphic geopolitical brief that's also a girl-power parable."—Newsweek

"…hands-down, Newberry Medal worthy…This was a fantastic read."—Washington Times

"This is an important and compelling story for young people…"—Today's Librarian


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Yana V. Rodgers on July 27, 2010
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As a girl growing up in the Taliban-controlled capital of Afghanistan, Parvana has already witnessed an enormous array of injustices and cruelties in her short lifespan. The Taliban had instituted a host of restrictions on the rights and freedoms of women and girls, so she and her sisters could no longer go to school and their mother had to give up her job. Even stepping foot outside required male accompaniment and the body cover of a chador or burqa. Bombing raids had decimated their previous homes, causing the family to live in poverty in a single cramped room of a bombed-out apartment building.

This situation thus sets the stage for the three consecutive novels bound together in The Breadwinner Trilogy. The first story, The Breadwinner, depicts Parvana's courage and savvy as she takes on a boy's identity in order to generate an income in the marketplace when their father is arbitrarily imprisoned by the Taliban. In Parvana's Journey, Parvana travels across the war-torn country in a desperate attempt to find her mother and siblings, who had left Kabul for a wedding. Along the way she supports and joins forces with several other children who were orphaned and debilitated by the war. The final tale, Mud City, follows Parvana's strong-willed friend Shauzia, who has fled Afghanistan and must navigate the harsh realities of a refugee camp and life on the streets of Peshawar, Pakistan.

This eye-opening volume provides readers with a stark look at the hardships caused by Taliban rule and ongoing conflict in Afghanistan. These devastating consequences include disruptions to family life, the destruction of buildings and homes, and the removal of job and schooling opportunities. Weighty topics certainly, but in telling the stories from a child's point of view, the author makes the content accessible to middle grade readers and young adults who are ready to leave the comfort zone of lighter reading materials.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mhink on February 9, 2012
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My son was reading this book for school (sixth grade). I was so intrigued by the title, that I started reading it as well. This is a wonderful story for children and adults alike. It gives parents and children a "real" substantive issue to discuss. It helps the reader empathize with Parvana (the main character). It provides a good overview of the situation that many children and their families face under the Taliban. It leaves you longing for more. I'm so glad it's a trilogy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paula Walden on October 6, 2012
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There is no point in this book that doesn't abolutely amaze me that humans are so resilient, so determined to live and can endure such pain and destitution. The writer writes simply but that gives the book so much more power since the story is about children. A reader who lives in North America with such opportunity and wealth it is hard to imagine such horror happening to children elsewhere in the world. We have come so far and yet allow this to continue. A powerful story and message that makes one weep.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Charles Irwin on January 11, 2014
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I think this is a great, but sad story. The only thing Deborah Ellis should do, is make another book!!! The last book, made me think, what happens next? There should be another book!!!!!!!!
I gave this a 5 Star rating, because it really told the truth about the awful things that are going on in the Middle East. Also, this book is three books, all in one.
If you enjoy reading about things that are going on around the world...
Then read this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ana Laura on August 29, 2011
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My daughter who is 12 years old loved this book, she keep reading it from beginning to end practically non stop
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By James Whitaker on February 26, 2014
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I enjoyed this book greatly because Deborah Ellis has so intelligently made it easy to understand Afghan cultural issues by incorporating them in a hooking adventure story.
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By smores on December 30, 2013
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This is a great book. I have been reading to my class and they can't wait until it is time to read more each day!!
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By MK on December 19, 2013
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Wonderful portrayal of the struggles of two cities in Afghanistan. Looking forward to reading more about these characters as I was eager to learn where their lives went. The plight of the Afghan people is not one I was very familiar with until I read The Kit Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. While I won't say "refreshing" it was a welcome change from murder mysteries, law suspense and espionage.
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