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The Breadwinner

  Ellis, Deborah


Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre
Number of Pages: 170
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Genres:

Adventure/Survival

Material Type/Location:

Youth Fiction

Reading Level:

4-5
6-8

Awards:

Voice of Youth Award Winner
Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award Nominee

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Why I liked this title:

Eleven-year-old Parvana lives with her family in war-torn Afghanistan. They live in one room of a burned-out building. Her father, ill and missing part of his leg, is arrested one night by the Taliban, Afghanistan's ruling party. Because the Taliban has forbidden women to leave their homes without being accompanied by a man, Parvana cuts her hair, dresses like a boy, and goes outside to become the breadwinner for the family. This horrifying, yet fascinating, story brings to life the struggles and triumphs of the people of Afghanistan.

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Reviewed by: Karen Trier on 12/9/2008

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