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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 best known for her Breadwinner series, which has been published in twenty-five languages and has earned more than $1 million in royalties to benefit Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan and Street Kids International. She has won the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, the University of California’s Middle East Book Award, the Governor General’s Award, the Ruth Schwartz Award, Sweden’s Peter Pan Prize, and the Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work. She has received the Ontario Library Association’s President’s Award for Exceptional Achievement, and she has been named to the Order of Canada.
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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, SYRCA Diamond Willow Award
  • Long-listed, OLA Golden Oak Award
  • Commended, YALSA PPYA
  • Winner, Swedish Peter Pan Prize
  • Winner, Baia delle Favole Prize for ages 9-12
  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Winner, Hackmatack Award
  • Commended, Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Award
  • Winner, Middle East Book Award
  • Long-listed, OLA Red Maple 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

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

— Washington Times

...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

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

— Newsweek

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

— Today's Librarian

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