The Breadwinner brings to life an issue that has recently exploded in the international media the reality of life under the Taliban. Young Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan. Because he has a foreign education, her father is... show more
The Breadwinner brings to life an issue that has recently exploded in the international media the reality of life under the Taliban. Young Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan. Because he has a foreign education, her father is arrested by the Taliban, the religious group that controls the country. Since women cannot appear in public unless covered head to toe, or go to school, or work outside the home, the family becomes increasingly desperate until Parvana conceives a plan. She cuts her hair and disguises herself as a boy to earn money for her family. Parvana’s determination to survive is the force that drives this novel set against the backdrop of an intolerable situation brought about by war and religious fanaticism. Deborah Ellis spent several months talking with women and girls in Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan and Russia. This suspenseful, timely novel is the result of those encounters. Royalties from the sale of The Breadwinner will go toward educating Afghan girls in Pakistani refugee camps. ...a potent portrait of life in contemporary Afghanistan, showing that powerful heroines can survive even in the most oppressive ... conditions.” Booklist
Publish date: 2001-11-10
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Pages no: 170
Edition language: English
, Read For School
, Realistic Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Middle Grade
I am so happy I read this book! I know I probably should explain what the book is about before I say how I felt about it. But I'm just really excited to talk about how much I loved this book! I first heard about it on BookTube when the animated movie was coming out. When I heard what the subject mat...
Parvana is a young girl living with her family in a bombed apartment building in Afghanistan. Her father is taken away by the Taliban and Parvana is forced to disguise herself as a boy in order to obtain food for her family. It’s a compelling story which allows children who have never experienced wa...
Want to suggest this for our turn at the mother-daughter bookclub
This book was a wonderful and haunting tale of a girl making a living in the shadow of the Taliban. I was thrilled that this book was entertaining and filled with potential for my classroom.
This book had no real plot that I could see. Who is the lady who keeps throwing tokens down from the window? We never really find out. What happens to her family at the end? We don't really know. What happens to Mrs. Weeza and the secret school? Nooriya? The Taliban? Anyway, the list goes on a...