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Children's Fiction Middle East

The Breadwinner

by (author) Deborah Ellis

Publisher
Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Sep 2000
Category
Middle East, Girls & Women, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780888994165
    Publish Date
    Sep 2000
    List Price
    $9.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781554980079
    Publish Date
    Sep 2000
    List Price
    $9.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781554987658
    Publish Date
    May 2015
    List Price
    $10.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
  • Reading age: 10 to 14

Description

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

Over two million copies of The Breadwinner Trilogy sold worldwide

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 Breadwinner is a novel about loyalty, survival, families and friendship under extraordinary circumstances. A map, glossary and author's note provide young readers with background and context. All royalties from the sale of this book will go to Women for Women, an organization that supports health and education projects in Afghanistan.

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.

Deborah Ellis' profile page

Awards

  • Long-listed, Young Jury Awards
  • Winner, Swedish Peter Pan Prize
  • Winner, Baia delle Favole Prize for ages 9-12
  • Commended, Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Award
  • Long-listed, SYRCA Diamond Willow Award
  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Long-listed, OLA Golden Oak Award
  • Winner, Hackmatack Award
  • Commended, YALSA PPYA
  • Winner, Middle East Book Award
  • Long-listed, OLA Red Maple Award

Editorial Reviews

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

Newsweek

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

Washington Post

[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

...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

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

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