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The Breadwinner

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The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner Series, Book 1
Afghanistan: Parvana's father is arrested and taken away by the Taliban soldiers. Under Taliban law, women and girls are not allowed to leave the house on their own.
Parvana, her mother, and sisters are prisoners in their own home. With no man to go out to buy food, they face starvation.
So Parvana must pretend to be a boy to save her family. It is a dangerous plan, but their only chance. In fear, she goes out–and witnesses the horror of avoiding landmines, and the brutality of the Taliban.
She suffers beatings and the desperation of trying to survive. But even in despair lies hope. . . .
From the Compact Disc edition.
Afghanistan: Parvana's father is arrested and taken away by the Taliban soldiers. Under Taliban law, women and girls are not allowed to leave the house on their own.
Parvana, her mother, and sisters are prisoners in their own home. With no man to go out to buy food, they face starvation.
So Parvana must pretend to be a boy to save her family. It is a dangerous plan, but their only chance. In fear, she goes out–and witnesses the horror of avoiding landmines, and the brutality of the Taliban.
She suffers beatings and the desperation of trying to survive. But even in despair lies hope. . . .
From the Compact Disc edition.
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  • Deborah Ellis's young adult novel The Breadwinner, first published in Canada and then in the U.S. in 2001, was inspired by her work in Afghan refugee camps. Her first novel for young readers, Looking for X, was nominated for the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award. Ms. Ellis currently works as a mental health residential counselor in Toronto.
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  • AudioFile Magazine Set in Afghanistan, this book paints a bleak picture of life under Taliban rule. Rita Wolf creates a lively, engaging young Parvana, through whose eyes we witness Taliban oppression. Parvana's mother and sister are trapped at home, forbidden to leave unless chaperoned and swathed in the ubiquitous burqa. (Ellis defines such terms.) Although Wolf's accent may seem simulated to an Afghan ear, most Western listeners are unlikely to mind. Based on real-life interviews with children, this timely story of courage in extreme circumstances is sobering and chilling (Parvana unearths human bones for money, witnesses an amputation, and suffers a beating) and is best-suited for older children--ideally those listening with an adult. J.C.G. Winner of 2004 ALA/ YALSA Recording (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine
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