The Breadwinner


Eleven-year-old Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Her father is a history teacher.  He is arrested by the Taliban for having a foreign education and put in prison. This leaves the family without anyone who can earn money and buy food, since according to Taliban rules, women cannot go out on their own.  Parvana cuts her hair and wears boys’ clothes so that she can become the family’s breadwinner.  This is the fifteenth anniversary edition of the four-volume story. It includes a new forward by the author, a new map, and a glossary.  There is also an animated, award-winning movie and a graphic novel based on this inspiring novel. mjw
Title: The Breadwinner
Author: Deborah Ellis
: Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press. Toronto
: 2015
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Groundwood Books
Original Copyright
: 2000
: 978-1-55498-767-8
Paperback pages
: 176
Age range
: 10-14
: Fiction
Book setting
: Afghanistan
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Ontario
Awards: Middle East Book Award
: Afghanistan, Girls and women, Taliban. Refugees

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