The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner

Book - 2015
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"All girls [should read] The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis." -- Malala Yousafzai, New York Times

Eleven-year-old Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan's capital city. Parvana's father -- a history teacher until his school was bombed and his health destroyed -- works from a blanket on the ground in the marketplace, reading letters for people who cannot read or write. One day, he is arrested for the crime of having a foreign education, and the family is left without someone who can earn money or even shop for food.

As conditions for the family grow desperate, only one solution emerges. Forbidden to earn money as a girl, Parvana must transform herself into a boy, and become the breadwinner.

The Breadwinner is a novel about loyalty, survival, families and friendship under extraordinary circumstances. A map, glossary and author's note provide young readers with background and context. All royalties from the sale of this book will go to Women for Women, an organization that supports health and education projects in Afghanistan.
Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press, 2015.
ISBN: 9780888994165
9781554987658
Branch Call Number: J FIC Ellis
Characteristics: 152 pages : map ; 19 cm.

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SAM HRANAC
Jul 09, 2018

A quick and interesting read - moving. Don't expect it to track with the animated film. The book includes much more, and more brutal, detail.

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lucyruth
Jun 23, 2018

I loved this one. it is probably one of the best Social Studies books out there. I loved Parvana's character. Deborah Ellis really outdid herself on this one.

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savtadina
May 25, 2018

This is an extremely powerful novel written for middle schoolers about the situation in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule. I think it is important for youth to read but also I suggest that parents or teachers help anyone reading it as parts can be extremely shocking. The book clearly depicts the situation of an 11 year old girl who has grown up in a middle-class, educated family where the parents believe education for their daughters is very important. When the Taliban took over, girls were forbidden to attend school and women had to be totally covered with burkas when going outside and only out escorted by a male member of the family. This family has had to move several times to smaller and smaller places as their residences get bombed and they lose their possessions. Finally they live in just one room in a partially bombed building. When the father is falsely arrested and the only male in the family is a toddler, something has to be done so the family does not starve. This is a powerful book, the first is a trilogy and would inspire a lot of discussion.

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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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lucyruth
Jun 23, 2018

lucyruth thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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reypotter06
Feb 20, 2018

reypotter06 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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Jan 21, 2013

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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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