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The Breadwinner

Deborah Ellis



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Groundwood Books
12 May 2015
Series: Breadwinner
The first book in Deborah Ellis's riveting Breadwinner series is an award-winning novel about loyalty, survival, families and friendship under extraordinary circumstances during the Taliban's rule in Afghanistan.

11-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, leaving the family 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.

This 15th anniversary edition includes a special foreword by Deborah Ellis, as well as a new map, updated author's note and a glossary to provide young readers with background and context.

All royalties from the sale of this book go to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan. Parvana's Fund supports education projects for Afghan women and children.

The 4-book series comprises:

1. The Breadwinner

2. Parvana's Journey

3. Mud City

4. My Name is Parvana
By:   Deborah Ellis
Imprint:   Groundwood Books
Country of Publication:   Canada
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 132mm,  Spine: 10mm
Weight:   181g
ISBN:   9781554987658
ISBN 10:   1554987652
Series:   Breadwinner
Pages:   176
Publication Date:   12 May 2015
Recommended Age:   From 10 to 13 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Deborah Ellis, best known for her Breadwinner series, has donated more than $1 million in royalties to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan and Street Kids International. She has won many awards, including the Governor General's Award and Sweden's Peter Pan Prize.

Reviews for The Breadwinner

A great kids' book . . . a graphic geopolitical brief that's also a girl-power parable. -- Newsweek

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