The Breadwinner (movie tie-in edition) (Breadwinner Series)

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 6 - 12Grades 2 - 12Z4.5n/a
The Breadwinner brings to life an issue that has recently exploded in the international media ย— the reality of life under the Taliban. Young Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan. Because he has a foreign education, her father is arrested by the Taliban, the religious group that controls the country. Since women cannot appear in public unless covered head to toe, or go to school, or work outside the home, the family becomes increasingly desperate until Parvana conceives a plan. She cuts her hair and disguises herself as a boy to earn money for her family. Parvanaโ€™s determination to survive is the force that drives this novel set against the backdrop of an intolerable situation brought about by war and religious fanaticism. Deborah Ellis spent several months talking with women and girls in Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan and Russia. This suspenseful, timely novel is the result of those encounters. Royalties from the sale of The Breadwinner will go toward educating Afghan girls in Pakistani refugee camps. ย“...a potent portrait of life in contemporary Afghanistan, showing that powerful heroines can survive even in the most oppressive ... conditions.โ€ ย— Booklist
Hardcover, 170 pages
Published on April 9, 2001 by Groundwood Books
ISBN-10: 0888994192
ISBN-13: 9780888994196
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  • ellasin
    ellasinMonday, November 18, 2019 at 8:53 pm44 stars
    Reading ๐Ÿ“š it now with my class! So far, so good!
    • krishnan
      krishnanThursday, November 16, 2017 at 5:39 pm55 stars
      Great Book! Recommended for YOU!
      • shreyasi2013
        shreyasi2013Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 10:54 am55 stars
        The Taliban, memberโ€™s of the ruling party in Afghanistan, forbid women from exiting the house without being accompanied by a man so the only person being able to provide for the family was the father. Parvana, the protagonist of the novel, went outside only with her father when he went to the market to make a sale.She helped him walk because her father lost his foot. Parvana observed people and her father while they were working. Her time spent amongst the salesman and her father helped her later on when the Taliban took away her father to prison. She dressed up like a boy so she could walk freely. She would make some sales on the market and read letters that were brought by illiterate Taliban.