The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner The Breadwinner brings to life an issue that has recently exploded in the international media the reality of life under the Taliban Young Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed out apar

  • Title: The Breadwinner
  • Author: Deborah Ellis
  • ISBN: 9780888994196
  • Page: 404
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Breadwinner brings to life an issue that has recently exploded in the international media 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 womenThe Breadwinner brings to life an issue that has recently exploded in the international media 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 Parvana 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 a potent portrait of life in contemporary Afghanistan, showing that powerful heroines can survive even in the most oppressive conditions Booklist

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      Deborah Ellis

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    1. Deborah Ellis has achieved international acclaim with her courageous and dramatic books that give Western readers a glimpse into the plight of children in developing countries She has won the Governor General s Award, Sweden s Peter Pan Prize, the Ruth Schwartz Award, the University of California s Middle East Book Award, the Jane Addams Children s Book Award and the Vicky Metcalf Award A long time feminist and anti war activist, she is best known for The Breadwinner Trilogy, which has been published around the world in seventeen languages, with than a million dollars in royalties donated to Street Kids International and to Women for Women, an organization that supports health and education projects in Afghanistan In 2006, Deb was named to the Order of Ontario.

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    1. According to a 2014 UN report, Afghanistan is the worst country in the world to be born a girl The average life expectancy of a woman is 44 years Given such harsh gender segregation, many families are bringing up their daughters as sons They are known as bacha posh the literal term translated from Dari for a girl dressed like a boy in Afghanistan.This is a photo of Mehran Rafaat, a girl disguised as a boy, with her twin sisters outside their family home in Afghanistan Photograph Adam Ferguson, c [...]

    2. I discovered this book a few days back after watching the trailer of its movie adaption The trailer was stunning So I searched for it on the internet to know some about it and found out the Parvana series Kudos to myself vThis book highlights the story of an eleven years old girl named Parvana who leads a very miserable life in Afghanistan because of the Taliban Each day comes with new hardship for her and her family Girls there cannot go to school, women must not come out of their homes, men a [...]

    3. I absolutely LOVED this book I read it in less than 24 hours It is a beautifully written story about a young Afghan girl named Parvana who is growing up in Taliban occupied Afghanistan Her story is amazing, I know that it is fiction, but I believe that the author, Deborah Ellis, did a lot of research on how women live in Afghanistan Anyway, Parvana s family is very well educated, and thus are considered to be a threat to the Taliban Parvana s father can read and has a little place in the marketp [...]

    4. I have wanted to read this book since middle school and finally decided to cheack it out after seeing a trailer for the movie Parvana is a young girl living in Afganistan during the Taliban regime After her father is arrested and sent to prison, Parvana must dress and live as a boy in order to provide for her family I loved Parvana and her family and I plan on reading the rest of the series really soon.

    5. I think Khaled hosseini is the first person for most of us who raised an interest to have a sight on Afgan lifestyle, their politics, their history and so on I am not any different from those readers for the sake of that, I have been reading anything on Afganistan since the Kite Runner amused me Through this journey, I have met beautiful writers and their heartbreaking stories Deborah Ellis is not different than them.I have discovered the Breadwinner while watching movie trailers on youtube and [...]

    6. Parvana by Deborah EllisIt was a re read and a quick one at that but every word on every page was so perfectly put I can t even write out all of the things that are running through my head Tragedy after tragedy Hope and disappointment A happy moment followed by days and weeks of depression It s just kind of hard to imagine that so many people actually have that life Girls that have to disguise themselves as boys Women not being able to go outside Men being punished for having an education and bo [...]

    7. Parvana is a great book The book is very interesting It doesn t only explain how Parvana is feeling, but it also describes how other girls in Afghanistan survive with the Taliban in control Some girls in Afghanistan are scared to go outside, I would be too, but Parvana is brave to go outside to get food for her family At the end Parvana, goes back to see her family which is sad and happy at the same time I really LOVED this book and I can t wait to read Parvana s Journey

    8. My middle school students responded so strongly to my booktalk about this book, that the library and the local bookstores ran out, and many went on to read the sequel However, do not be quick to label this as purely young adult fiction As an adult, I was changed and moved by Parvana and her family, and this novel has stuck with me vividly for 12 years.

    9. I can t praise this book enough This book serves as an insight into the lives of the Afghan people who are going through continuous wars for than 20 years Some kids were born during war time, heard about the prosperous past of their nation from their parents and dreamed at night about better future, later died during war time However,this particular novella sheds light in the Taliban rule in Afghanistan and tells the story of an 11 years old girl,Parvana Born in a highly educated and prosperous [...]

    10. This is one of the best books I have ever read All The ideas in the book have logical supporting evidence, The characters are very realistic due to their activities and appearance I would recommend this book to each and every student in the world Even the bullies I think when someone reads this book their thought about Afghanistan and Afghan people must change This book was just so realistic and so pure that it took my breath away I could literally feel the characters feelings, sometimes I used [...]

    11. A quiet tale of heroic courage set in Afghanistan, The Breadwinner is a charming tale that speaks of the horrors of war with a warm dignity I have read quite a few books on war, but I don t think I have read many written for a child Parvana s voice is lyrical and affecting, and as I read certain chapters of the book, I was moved by how the things we take for granted are often missed in life elsewhere That s one of the reasons I travel There is this passage where Parvana is able to take her siste [...]

    12. The novel The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis is a book concerning human rights In this novel the main character Parvana, an eleven year old girl is living in a one room home with her five family members in Afghanistan At the time, the Taliban are ruling their town and orders all the girls and women in Afghanistan to stay inside their homes They even forbid girls to go to school or walk outside without a man Throughout the novel Parvana comes across many challenges such as loosing her father, cutti [...]

    13. This book was assigned to my son, who is in the 6th grade Because he struggles with reading, I have made it a habit to read the same books that he is reading for school.And I am so glad.Because I might not have had any other reason to discover this very compelling story.It was a fast read and one that gave me particular insights into life under the Taliban regime I am looking forward to many great discussions with my son as he and his classmates make their way through it.

    14. I think Parvana was a very good book Deborah Ellis keeps action in the story, while still developing the character of Parvana The writing flows smoothly and was very enjoyable I liked the whole book, but it gets very exciting in chapters fourteen and fifteen It has a good ending, but it makes the reader want to know about Parvana, and what happens to her.

    15. Si parla poco di Afghanistan, di questi tempi l ISIS ha cancellato i talebani dalla nostra occidentale memoria Dunque perch non leggere ora dell avventura di Parvana, e ricordarci della vastit del mondo, e dei troppi conflitti dimenticati Il pap di Parvana viene arrestato dai talebani a Kabul, lasciando la moglie e la figlia pi grande costrette in casa senza il permesso di uscire in assenza di un uomo Parvana abbastanza giovane da assumere le sembianze di un ragazzo e cos di avventurarsi all est [...]

    16. Read this when I was younger one of my fave books.It was turned into a movie last year, and got a best animation nom I really NEED to see it.

    17. A bittersweet and touching story about life in Afghanistan under Taliban rule for a young girl named Parvana and her family.I can t wait to see the film now Full review to come

    18. In the book The bread Winner , The author writes about a girl who has many troubles in her life and is stripped of many of her rights This girls name is Parvana Parvana is in a family of 6, her mother, father, older sister, younger sister, a little brother only 2 years old and herself who is 10 She lives in a city in Afghanistan called Kabul, and because there is a war going on, her house had been bombed several times and she had become poor The final house setting that they end up in the one sh [...]

    19. The novel The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis, is about a family, living in Afghanistan, that was very wealthy and educated The kids went to school and both of the parents were successful teachers After the war in Afghanistan began, many bombs were dropped, they ruined cities, houses and killed many people The family lost most of their property and the oldest son was killed The family arrived at Kabul, the capital, and lived there in terrible conditions under the Taliban rule Life there was very to [...]

    20. The Bread Winner by Deborah Ellis is about a girl name Parvana who is living with her family in the 1980 s in Afghanistan She is trying to survive life under Taliban rule I really enjoyed reading this book I thought it was very inspiring and empowering to see a women survive under such strict rule It made me appreciate what it is like to have your human rights stripped from you Human rights are a moral entitlement that everyone should have For example one of my human rights is the freedom of spe [...]

    21. I really liked this book and I think it will be a great eye opener for students The book starts off with 11 year old Parvanna and her background as a little girl living in Taliban controlled Afghanistan and the struggles she and other girls and women faced When her father is captured and taken away by the Taliban her family have no way to provide since women were not allowed to work or go to school or even go outside In order to make sure that her family eats, Parvanna decides to disguise hersel [...]

    22. The breadwinner is the best book I have ever read It talked about a family who is from Afghanistan specifically in Kabul This country is under the rules of Taliban There were a rule which claims that no woman or a girl could dare to go out of the house This family has a girl called Parvana and she wanted to feed her family to survive, but she couldn t because she was a girl As a result Parvana dressed like a boy and worked to earn money Her family was well educated and her father read letters fo [...]

    23. This book had potential A children young adult book set in a country ravaged by war COULD have been an interesting, dark book, but simple bad writing ruined it The whole book was written in the style of My mother cried and started hitting them They shot her I cried and hid They went away I came out It s very bland, clunky and downright painful There is little exploration of their religion, and characters who hasn t been educated is quickly dismissed as stupid and unimportant, even if they haven [...]

    24. This is the first book in The Breadwinner trilogy Parvana is eleven years of age and she lives in Taliban ruled Afghanistan Her mother and sisters have not left the house in a year Women are not allowed outside the home without a male escort and full burqa Thus, when her father, the breadwinner of the family is arrested, Parvana s household full of women has a problem How to get food How to get money They can t leave or go to work This is how Parvana becomes a boy She becomes a businessman of so [...]

    25. This book is talking about a girl called parvana that lives in afghanstan, kabul and has to dress up as a boy to sell stuff since there are no boys in the family, the father has been jailed and the girls are to big and to small, parvana is just right As a boy, she met a girl who is dressing up as a boy just like parvana called shauzia Life is not what it is going to be what you dream.I like this book because it is adventureous and it is very interesting and it teaches me a lesson that not really [...]

    26. Short but beautifully written tale Ellis is very good at weaving a complex story into such a small package I felt as though I were there with Parvana experiencing all if her troubles, triumphs and emotions Unfortunately at the end of the book there were major spoilers about the other books in the series, written as blurbs for the other titles This made me less interested in reading the other books in this series As such I think I will just stop at this book.

    27. 5.5 starsStrong storyline, excellent characterisation, gripping prose and worst of all s true These things did happen, are happening it s real The story is a story but someone like these characters exists Tragic Horrific We in the West are so spoiled and lucky.Read this it s worth the short amount of time it will take you It s no YA book, it s for everyone And the women out there with no voices deserve to have us at least contemplate what their lives are like.

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