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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Ed edition (4 Mar. 2004)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0192753487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192753489
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deborah Ellis has achieved international acclaim with her courageous, sensitive, and dramatic books that give western readers a glimpse into the plight of children in developing countries. Her Breadwinner trilogy has sold hundreds of thousands of copies in twenty-five languages, and she was awarded the Governor General's Award for her book, Looking for X. Deborah grew up in Ontario, Canada and from the age of 17 has been a political activist, advocating non-violence. After high school she went to Toronto and worked in the Peace Movement. Later she got involved in the Women's Movement, focusing on women's rights and economic justice. She continues to be involved in anti-war politics. She has spent a lot of time in Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan, talking to women and documenting their lives through 20 years of war. The stories she heard and the children she met were the inspiration for The Breadwinner, Parvana's Journey, Mud City, and My Name is Parvana.
Deborah lives in Ontario, Canada.

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An uncomfortable, poignant read (The Bookseller)

A book all children should read (The Teacher)

I was gripped by this series and couldn't drag myself away from it. Ellis beautifully captures childhood in war-torn Afghanistan and Pakistan. The stories are very moving. (Malala Yousafzai)

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Sequel to the bestselling The Breadwinner

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Catherine on 7 July 2006
Format: Paperback
This was a really good book. It is about a girl called Parvana who goes on a journey try and find her family who she hasn't seen because they have been separated from her due to war in their country (Afghanistan). This was a very good book written definetely for young people, through the eyes of a young person. You need to read The Breadwinner first, though, because it is the first in the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lincs Reader TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Jun. 2008
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This is the follow up to The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis.

The novel is aimed at young adults but does not shy away from the horrors of war. Parvana is 13 and disguised as a boy, she has lost her father and has set out across Afghanistan to search for the rest of her family. Along the way, she is always hungry, has to beg for food or ask for work and dodge the Taliban soldiers who would conscript her if they found her.

In one bombed out village, she finds a baby boy she names Hassan, and in a cave she discovers a crippled young boy, Arif, who has lost a leg. Trapped in a mine field, they are rescued by eight year old Leila who is alone trying to look after her old grandmother. Bombs force them to be on the move again until finally they arrive in a refugee camp where Parvana finds her mother and sisters but looks into the face of death again when Leila runs into a mine field to gather food parcels.

This book had me gripped and horrified in equal amounts, all readers will ask questions about war and what it does to people, especially children. The children in the novel have happy memories of life before the Taliban and none of them understand what is happening to them.

I'm looking forward to reading the last in the trilogy very soon.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr M Falconer on 24 Oct. 2002
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As a student studying a BEd in Primary Teaching I was advised to look at this book as it covered the theme of a foreign person in a strange situation.
Having bought this book I found myself drawn into Parvana's world, seeing what she saw and feeling what she felt. The description in this book is amazing and a credit to Deborah Ellis.
I feel this is definately one of the best and most important childrens books I have read or heard about in a long time and it has me well and truly hooked!
I advise anyone with kids or not to get it and read it from cover to cover.
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By Snonymous... on 16 April 2014
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This is the second time I've read this book and I just want to read it over and over again. It is brilliantly written and captures the hearts of suffering children. Now that I've finished this book again I'm going to read
Breadwinner- the one set before this book
My name is Parvana- the one written after this book and
Mud city- the one about Parvanas friend that she writes to in this book
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Excellent story. Brilliantly written. The ten year old boy I am reading it with is absolutely riveted to this story of one girl's experiences in Afghanistan...not for the faint-hearted though, graphic descriptions.
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By daniel fogu on 1 Jan. 2015
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This boom really gripped me because i had also read the breadwinner and i advise you to get it because its really fascinating and i never got bored. Parvana has a very tough life and is extremely brave.
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This is an excellent book for young teenagers to learn about the life and plight of other communities. I would not recommend it for the adult reader as it is a little simplistic.
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