The Breadwinner Trilogy

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Deborah Ellis’ trilogy has been a phenomenal success, both critically and commercially. Now young readers can experience this entire epic story in one volume. The Breadwinner is set in Afghanistan, where 11-year-old Parvana lives with her family in a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul. When her father is arrested for the crime of having a foreign education, the family is left with no money or resources. Forbidden to earn money as a girl, Parvana must transform herself into a boy and become the breadwinner. In...

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Overview

Deborah Ellis’ trilogy has been a phenomenal success, both critically and commercially. Now young readers can experience this entire epic story in one volume. The Breadwinner is set in Afghanistan, where 11-year-old Parvana lives with her family in a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul. When her father is arrested for the crime of having a foreign education, the family is left with no money or resources. Forbidden to earn money as a girl, Parvana must transform herself into a boy and become the breadwinner. In Parvana's Journey, her father has died and the family has scattered. Parvana, now 13 years old, is determined to find them. Again masquerading as a boy, she joins a group of wandering children, all refugees from war, who exist mainly on courage. In Mud City, the focus shifts to 14-year-old Shauzia, who lives in the Widows' Compound in Pakistan and dreams of escaping to a new life in France. Deborah Ellis uses simple, compelling language, memorable characters, and a wealth of imaginative detail in this wrenching look at the human cost of war that is also a surprisingly hopeful story of survival.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780888999597
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: Breadwinner Series
  • Pages: 520
  • Sales rank: 185,668
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2010

    The Breadwinner-A story of the resilience of the innocent

    This trilogy is a page turner. It is the story of children growing up in a war and trying to survive with no end of the war in sight. These stories delve into the coping mechanisms of the innocent who live with terror on a daily basis. These children bring us into a culture that is so foreign to us that we have to transcend every idea of decency we've always had in our lives in the USA.We are assaulted by the brutality and horror they face in their struggles to survive. However, we are also awed at the lives they make for themselves and the perceptions of beauty they establish as they fight to stay alive. The Breadwinner, Parvana's Journey and Mud City are a most absorbing read not only for children but also for any adult trying to understand the war in Afghanistan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2014

    The book

    I love this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    Parvanna

    Love this book because its a big adventure with her love this b.ook

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    2 awesome 2 not read

    Read it. No seriously, read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Amazing

    Deborah Ellis's books are amazing. The second book stood out to me the most though, it was so moving and sad. I reallu recommend this book. I mean it.

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    The breadwinner

    The breadwinner is such agreat book that i could read it over and over

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    The author Deborah Ellis wrote the book The Breadwinner Trilogy. I believe the author was somehow affected by the war in the Middle East. The author didn't intend for this book to be a very difficult book to read so more people could read it. If he put foreign words in the book he either gave a hint or defines it on the spot where the word was located. Basically the book is about a girl named Parvana who goes through the ugly would she lives in at the time of the Taliban. She loses some family do to war and she goes to find he remaining family and friends. The book is about a girl who is experiencing the harshness of the world and the world of the Taliban. Her and her family live in Kabul and since her father's leg is half blown off from the war he needs help to walk and stand. Parvana has to help him because is more un-lady like. She gets water, helps her father in the market and does all the stuff the sons are suppose to do. She learns that later on she was lucky for what she had and she wanted to go back to it. One day her sister is going to get married and they leave the country. She and her father go to look for them after they heard something bad had happen to the city her family was in. They go to find their family and he father dies so she has to find him family by herself. While she looks for them, she finds interesting new friends and families. I think the book The Breadwinner Trilogy was put together very well. Throughout this book it slowly reveals the plot and the central message of the whole book. A couple things the author could have done better was to have better words to describe scenes in the stories. This book in my opinion has too many characters in the stories that are relevant. This book could still go one if the author wanted it to. In my opinion the author should continue to write the trilogies to this novel. This book was a really good book and I hope the author continues her work on this books.

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