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The Breadwinner Trilogy Paperback – 25 Aug 2009

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  • Paperback: 439 pages
  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books (25 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0888999593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0888999597
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nominated for the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, 2004
"A great kids' booka graphic geopolitical brief that's also a girl-power parable.""Newsweek"
"hands-down, Newberry Medal worthyThis was a fantastic read.""Washington Times"
"This is an important and compelling story for young people""Today's Librarian"

Nominated for the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, 2004

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

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

"This is an important and compelling story for young people..."--Today's Librarian

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I was looking for a book to read in school with a year 8/9 group. This trilogy was thought provoking and served my teaching purpose well. Straightforward to read. While there were no 'happy endings', each ended in a satisfactory milestone sort of a way. Certainly raised my awareness of the desperately difficult daily lives endured by these war-torn people. Recommended read. Susan
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great set of books 23 Jun. 2013
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The Breadwinner Trilogy tells the story of two young girls who lived in Afghanistan during the time of Taliban rule in the 1990's. During this time of war, the two girls are forced to dress as boys in order to provide for their families. Later, the girls are separated from their families and each other, and have to fend for themselves;.

Overall, these were great books. I read them aloud to my children, ages 9 and 11. Whenever we reached the end of a chapter, they would beg me to read more. The story line had enough action to keep the kids' interest, while at the same time providing a wealth of information about Afghanistan, the Taliban, war, and human rights issues.

My only negative comment is that the middle part of the second book (Parvana's Journey) was a little slow.

I will also mention that some of the content was more serious in nature: the results of war; refugee camps; children who are maimed and missing limbs due to land mines; starvation; etc. If your children read the book, you should just be prepared to talk to them and discuss some of these issues. My kids and I had some very good discussions about the effects of war, women's rights, etc. after we read some of the chapters. The books were very thought-provoking and educational, while at the same time holding the kids' interest. I would definitely recommend it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read for young adults 10 Sept. 2014
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There are many books out there that tell the stories of women and girls in Afghanistan; however, The Breadwinner sets itself apart as a novel for young adults who may not know about the lives of young people their own age experiencing horrific challenges at a time when the reader is growing of age in completely different context. The Breadwinner is also unique in that it tells the story of life in refugee camps. Most readers will assume that once a refugee reaches a refugee camp they are safe. This is hardly ever true and the Breadwinner confirms that refugee camps, especially for women and girls, are dangerous prisons masquerading as safehavens where starvation, rape and sexual violence, tyranny and despair reign supreme.

It's a good read, a truthful story of life for young women and girls on this side of life.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Must Read 30 Oct. 2013
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The trilogy describes the stark reality and struggles faced by women and girls in Afghanistan and refugees camp in Pakistan. Despite all the suffering, it is a story about courage and perseverance in the face of adversity and how the power to dream provides a glimmer of hope. As I read their stories, I felt their helplessness and sadness but am inspired by their strengths and determination. The trilogy also reminded me of affluence and wastefulness we have here in America and among those who have versus those who do not. It has opened my eyes more for the need to the need to be thankful as well as appreciate every thing (no matter how trivial) that we have in our lives. While we complain about the mundaneness of our lives, there are those who continue to struggle daily to survive that even unclean water, old moldy rice and dried out nan are blessings and the difference between life and death.
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5.0 out of 5 stars totally captivating 6 Oct. 2012
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There is no point in this book that doesn't abolutely amaze me that humans are so resilient, so determined to live and can endure such pain and destitution. The writer writes simply but that gives the book so much more power since the story is about children. A reader who lives in North America with such opportunity and wealth it is hard to imagine such horror happening to children elsewhere in the world. We have come so far and yet allow this to continue. A powerful story and message that makes one weep.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book. My husband was stationed in Afghanistan in ... 19 Oct. 2015
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Reading this with my 10 year old daughter. We read a few chapters a night before bead time, which gives us an opportunity to talk about the differences in cultures and in our world. Wonderful book. My husband was stationed in Afghanistan in the military so a great link between our two very different worlds.
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