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The Breadwinner

by Deborah Ellis

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"All girls [should read] The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis." — Malala Yousafzai, New York Times

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.

Eleven-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, and the family is left 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.

The fifteenth anniversary edition includes a special foreword by Deborah Ellis as well as a new map, an updated author’s note and a glossary to provide young readers with background and context. All royalties from the sale of this book will go to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan. Parvana’s Fund supports education projects for Afghan women and children.

About the Author

Deborah Ellis

Known around the world for her Breadwinner series, author and humanitarian Deborah Ellis has written nearly thirty books for children and young people, most of which explore themes of courage and social justice. Deborah's many awards include the Governor General's Award, the Ruth Schwartz Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award, the American Library Association's Notable List, and the Jane Addams Children's Book Award. Deborah lives in Simcoe, Ontario.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
10 to 14
Grade:
5 to 9
Reading age:
10 to 14
Awards
  • Long-listed, Young Jury Awards
  • Long-listed, OLA Golden Oak Award
  • Commended, YALSA PPYA
  • Winner, Baia delle Favole Prize for ages 9-12
  • Commended, Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Award
  • Winner, Hackmatack Award
  • Winner, Swedish Peter Pan Prize
  • Long-listed, SYRCA Diamond Willow Award
  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Winner, Middle East Book Award
  • Long-listed, OLA Red Maple Award
  • Short-listed, Trillium Book Award
Editorial Reviews

[The books in the Breadwinner trilogy] are terrifying indictments of what war can bring to children and a powerful testaments to the ingenuity and strength of young people in times of terror.

— Book Links

...a book...about the hard times - and the courage - of Afghan children.

— Washington Post

This is an important and compelling story for young people...

— Today's Librarian

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

— Newsweek

...an exceptional story that enlightens the reader about circumstances beyond comprehension and helps students understand that all of us in this global community share the same hopes, dreams, and fears.

— Resource Links

...hands-down, Newberry Medal worthy...This was a fantastic read.

— Washington Times

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