The Breadwinner

Category: Book
By (author): Ellis, Deborah
Series: Breadwinner
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Age 10-14 Canadian
  JUVENILE FICTION / Girls & Women
  JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Middle East
  JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
Published: May 2015
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 8.00in x 5.25in x 1.11in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

"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.

From The Publisher*

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

Biographical Note

Deborah Ellis is best known for her Breadwinner books - a series that has been published in twenty-five languages, with more than $1 million in royalties donated to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan and Street Kids International. She has won the Governor General's Award, the Ruth Schwartz Award, the University of California's Middle East Book Award, Sweden's Peter Pan Prize, the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, and the Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work. She recently received the Ontario Library Association's President's Award for Exceptional Achievement, and she has been named to the Order of Ontario.