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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 is the internationally acclaimed author of more than twenty books for children, including the Breadwinner trilogy; The Heaven Shop; Lunch With Lenin; Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees; and Our Stories, Our Songs: African Children Talk About AIDS. She has won many national and international awards for her books, including the Governor General’s Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award, Sweden’s Peter Pan Prize, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and the Children’s Africana Book Award Honor Book for Older Readers. Deborah knew she wanted to be a writer at the age of 11 or 12. Growing up in Paris, Ontario, she loved reading about big cities like New York. In high school, Deborah joined the Peace Movement, playing anti-Nuclear War movies at her school. Since then Deborah has become a peace activist, humanitarian and philanthropist, donating almost all of the royalties from her books to communities in need in Asia and Africa. Heavily involved with Women for Women in Afghanistan, Deborah has helped build women’s centers and schools, giving children education and finding work for women. In 2006, Deborah was named to the Order of Ontario. She now 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
  • Winner, Hackmatack Award
  • Winner, Swedish Peter Pan Prize
  • Commended, Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Award
  • Long-listed, SYRCA Diamond Willow Award
  • Winner, Baia delle Favole Prize for ages 9-12
  • Commended, YALSA PPYA
  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Long-listed, OLA Golden Oak Award
  • Winner, Middle East Book Award
  • Long-listed, OLA Red Maple Award
Editorial Reviews

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

— Washington Post

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

— Newsweek

[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

...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

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

— Today's Librarian

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

— Washington Times

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