The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner

Book - 2001
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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
Publisher: Toronto ; Buffalo, [NY] : Douglas & McIntyre, 2001
ISBN: 9780888994196
0888994192
9780888994165
0888994168
Branch Call Number: J ELLIS
Characteristics: 170 pages : maps ; 20 cm

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Global Reading Challenge 2003, 2013

Global Reading Challenge 2003, 2013

Afghani. First of three books about a girl named Parvana living in Afghanistan.


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reypotter06
Feb 20, 2018

I can't wait till the movie is out. So far I love this book.

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anitalee6923
Jan 28, 2018

Parvana is facing a few issues that most kids have - sibling rivalry, the need to help her parents, and disagreements. But in a whole different way.

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Gwen904
Jan 10, 2018

Enlightening and intriguing. I loved the pure emotions that were conveyed in this story. So beautiful.

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MayaWilson
Aug 16, 2017

This book was so good, and the following books keep getting better and better.

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parnoosh
Jul 15, 2016

I love this book so much. It shows because anyone would do anything to help you and how friends have each other's backs and no matter what happens they help each other. I liked this book better than mud city because of the family and friend love and courage.

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Chihuahualover
May 17, 2016

The Breadwinner is a very good book, but the next one Parvana's Journey is better. Still, you should absolutely read this book.

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janelllim
Apr 05, 2016

The Breadwinner is a very good book to read. I recently read it for school, but enjoyed it a lot. It explains about the hard times people are living in nowadays, and how somebody's courage can make the world a little bit more bearable to take on.

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blue_dolphin_3839
Mar 15, 2016

The "Breadwinner" is a wonderful book. I think I read it in grade 6 with our class.
It's a story full of bravery,sad times, and courage, of which Parvana had. I don't remember much of it, but I do remember that I enjoyed every bit of it and would like to read it again.

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pattiekd
Mar 13, 2016

This was an amazing book! Can hardly wait to read Parvana's Journey! We read it for our mother/daughter book club. My daughters enjoyed it too!

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Lea18
Nov 03, 2015

I first heard this story in grade 5. Since then I have reread it and its sequels multiple times. It remains an example of the bravery of children.

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parveenm
Jul 10, 2015

Parvana lives with her family in Afghanistan where the Taliban have taken over. Because of the Taliban, the girls and women are not allowed to go to school or get a job. When Parvana's father is sent to jail, Parvana must dress like a boy to earn money. Will Parvana's father ever return or will Parvana need to dress like a boy until her brother is old enough to work?

lhicke Feb 22, 2012

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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reypotter06
Feb 20, 2018

Violence: Early in the book it describes thieves getting their limbs chopped off, also a man has a string with severed hands tied to it. Since it is set in a war the Taliban can be cruel.

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