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The Breadwinner

Ellis, Deborah (Book - 2001 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Breadwinner

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The Breadwinner brings to life an issue that has recently exploded in the international media #151; 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. #147;...a potent portrait of life in contemporary Afghanistan, showing that powerful heroines can survive even in the most oppressive ... conditions." #151; Booklist
Authors: Ellis, Deborah, 1960-
Title: The breadwinner
Publisher: Toronto ;, Buffalo, [NY] :, Douglas & McIntyre,, 2001
Characteristics: 170 p. :,maps ;,20 cm
Notes: "First published in the USA in 2001"--T.p. verso
"A Groundwood book"
Sequel: My name is Parvana
ISBN: 0888994192
Branch Call Number: PZ7.E4684 Br 2001x
Statement of Responsibility: Deborah Ellis
Subject Headings: Taliban Afghanistan Juvenile fiction Girls Afghanistan Juvenile fiction
Topical Term: Girls
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breadwinner is an amazing book

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  • ashfia7012 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

i thought the book was amazing!

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  • annatilson rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is like, the best ever to learn what it was like in Pakistan, and learn new interesting things about what it was like in that time. I really like this book and I finished it in two days time! I find it interesting. I like how the other book called "Mud City" is Parvana's friend's story when she moved to France. Also the book called "Parvana's journey" that looks like a good one. This book does have some small parts of violence what-so-ever. But-yes I know that I have already said this about a million times, but this is a VERY GOOD BOOK!

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  • Chillia rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

First time I read this author and I really enjoyed her writing.

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  • rmarc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

breadwinner is a good book and awesome

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  • niku1234 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book as I do all of Deborah Ellis' books. It really makes you think about what you have compared to other people. Deborah Ellis' talent with a pen and paper is amazing because she has a way of writing that makes you feel as if you are with the character and in their shoes every step of the way. Each and every single page I enjoyed and here I am, hungry for more of Parvana's adventures.

awesome book definetly 5 stars

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  • slowlyfairy4 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

i absolutely enjoyed this book and the next. i enjoyed every single page of it.i think you should really read this enchanting book.i really couldn't believe how lucky i was to have a home,a family and food to eat.i understand how hard it was for parvana to be a boy and help her family survive.right now our canadians soldiers are sent out to afghanistan to fight for the freedom of many afghans and to fight against the taliban.i hope you enjoy this book and learn how parvana's life is in afghanistan! =)

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  • jessy24 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

it makes me feel so so so lucky that i dont live in afghanistan. that i am safe in home surrounded by a family who loves me and when i think about the people living there it makes my heart break and i dont know how anyone could live like that at all. i am very blessed.

my teacher read this to my class it was a really good book :)

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Parvana lives during the time of the Taliban invasion. Everything is crazy no women allowed outside without an escort, and so her mother and older sister Nooria are trapped inside. Parvana though is lucky, her dad lost a leg in a bombing and needs her support to go to the market and back. So life is just teetering along in the one room apartment with her mother, father, younger brother (Ali), younger sister (Maryam), and Nooria. Then one night Taliban soldiers come into there house and arrest her dad. Life is starting to break apart until she runs, literally, into one of her mothers old friends in the market. She visits and comes up with a plan. Parvana will have to dress as a boy and carry on her fathers work at the market. She sells the things they have but eventually they begin to run out of things to sell. Then one day a tea boy drops his cups and Parvana helps him pick them up. When she looks up into the face of the boy she gasps, this is no boy this is her old classmate Shauzia. Together they collect money digging bones and earn enough to buy trays with neck straps and goods to sell. One day she goes home and guess what her sister is going to get married. She stays with her mothers friend and then one day her father comes back. A while later she found a young woman who tells them that the town where her sister is getting married was captured by the Taliban. And that they were shooting people on the street. The book ends as she and her father go off to find her mother and siblings.


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