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review 2014-11-05 21:32
The Breadwinner
The Breadwinner - Deborah Ellis,Rita Wolf

Since the Taliban took over Afghanistan, 11-year-old Parvana has rarely been outdoors. Barred from attending school, shopping at the market, or even playing in the streets of Kabul, the heroine of Deborah Ellis's engrossing children's novel The Breadwinner is trapped inside her family's one-room home. That is, until the Taliban hauls away her father and Parvana realizes that it's up to her to become the "breadwinner" and disguise herself as a boy to support her mother, two sisters, and baby brother. Set in the early years of the Taliban regime, this topical novel for middle readers explores the harsh realities of life for girls and women in modern-day Afghanistan. (source)

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review 2012-07-16 00:00
Parvana's Journey (Breadwinner Series #2)
Parvana's Journey - Deborah Ellis Parvana is a girl in midst of a terrible war in Afghanistan. Her father has just died and she desperately wants to find her mother and siblings. She disguises herself as a boy in order to travel without great difficulty in her country. Everywhere there are enormous obstacles. She cannot find food. She cannot find clean water. She must travel across mine fields. She runs across a baby and a one-legged boy and a little girl who all travel with her, who all add to her burden of finding food and water and a safe place to pass the night. It’s a beautiful story of great struggle, told from the point of view of a child, who sees all the miseries of war and bravely asks why and dares to seek a life without the ongoing ugliness of war. It is Parvana’s memory of her friend who set off to find the purple fields of France that inspires her to go on, even after encountering the wailing woman, even after seeing the baby come close to death, even after trying to push the irritating one-legged boy on, even after walking for days with no food and no water. This is a book I can see myself telling everyone I know that they must read.A 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up.
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