The Breadwinner (Paperback)

Deborah Ellis

9 years +

Afghanistan: Parvana's father is arrested and taken away by 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 landmines, the brutality of the Taliban, and the desperation of a country trying to survive. But even in despair lies hope ...Deborah Ellis has been to Afghan refugee camps and has listened to many stories like Parvana's.

Product Details

  • Product code: AKLCF
  • ISBN: 9780192734020
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 19.8cm x 12.9cm
  • Pages: 176
  • Publish date: Thu Mar 06 00:00:00 GMT 2014
  • Book points: 0

Red House Reader Review

Reader review: The Breadwinner - Paperback - 9780192734020
Laura Stevens
Red House Reviewer

Parvana, a teenage girl living in Afghanistan under the rule of the Taliban, has reunited with her family. Together, they have built a school to support girls who have previously been denied the right to an education. The students flourish and Parvana begins to learn too. But then it all goes wrong. Reading this book really opened my eyes to the terrible treatment some women in the world are facing right now. Parvana’s story thrilled and gripped me from the start to the end.

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An 11-year-old girl's journey through terror, courage and hope under the Taliban -

My 8-year-old daughter and I couldn't put this down and read it over two evenings. We enjoyed it so much and are desperate to know what happens next to the main character so we have immediately ordered the follow up books in the series.

Specially wonderful for our all-female family to have a story of female heroics against the harrowing backdrop of the Taliban rule over Kabul. The story is extremely engaging - my daughter could relate closely to the 11-year-old Parvana, and so thought-provoking for a child becoming more politically and economically aware, as it focuses on a very basic problem - how to get money to buy food for an all-female household when females are not allowed to set foot outside their homes alone.

This book has provoked all sorts of interesting discussions between my 8-year-old daughter and I about gender equality, gender identity, the welfare state, corporal punishment, the current aims of ISIS/Daesh, and the difference between fundamentalist Islam and true Islam. I was serving with the UN in Kabul when my daughter was conceived, so I am very grateful to have this story as a prop to help my daughter understand why I was there, why it was important to be there, and what it was like.

Mimimummy , Thu Jun 30 11:00:12 BST 2016

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