My Name Is Parvana

My Name Is Parvana

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by Deborah Ellis
     
 

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In this stunning sequel to The Breadwinner Trilogy, Parvana, now 15-years-old, is found in a bombed-out school and held as a suspected terrorist by American troops in Afghanistan. The girl does not respond to questions in any language and remains silent, even when she is threatened, harassed, and mistreated over several days. The only clue to her identity is

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In this stunning sequel to The Breadwinner Trilogy, Parvana, now 15-years-old, is found in a bombed-out school and held as a suspected terrorist by American troops in Afghanistan. The girl does not respond to questions in any language and remains silent, even when she is threatened, harassed, and mistreated over several days. The only clue to her identity is a tattered shoulder bag containing papers that refer to people named Shauzia, Nooria, Leila, Asif, Hassan — and Parvana. As she waits for foreign military forces to determine her fate, she remembers the past four years of her life. Reunited with her mother and sisters, she has been living in a village where her mother managed to open a school for girls. But when local men threaten the school, she must draw on every ounce of bravery she possesses to survive the disaster that kills her mother and destroys the school. Ellis’ final novel in the series is harrowing, inspiring, and thought-provoking. The paperback edition includes a new cover and map, and an author’s note. Royalties from the sale of this book go to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan. Parvana’s Fund supports education projects for Afghan women and children.

Editorial Reviews

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“This passionate volume stands on its own, though readers new to the series and to Ellis’ overall body of work will want to read every one of her fine, important novels. Readers will learn much about the war in Afghanistan even as they cheer on this feisty protagonist.” — Kirkus, starred review
Publishers Weekly
In this follow-up to the Breadwinner trilogy, set five years later, Ellis revisits her strong, 15-year-old heroine, now living in post-Taliban Afghanistan. The novel alternates between Parvana's struggles in an American prison (she is a suspect in an explosion at her mother's school) and flashbacks to her life before capture, first as a student at the school and then as a teacher. Though Parvana understands and reads English fluently, she refuses to speak ("She knew she could not trust them. All she could trust was herself"), silently enduring sleep deprivation and harsh interrogation. In the flashbacks, Ellis strongly sketches family tensions, including a betrayal by Parvana's sister Noori and Parvana's complicated relationship with her mother. A scene in which Parvana's discovery of an injured American soldier foils her near-escape underscores her compassion and morality. The resolution is perhaps too tidy, but Ellis succeeds in putting a human face on the headlines and the brutality of the Afghan war, while answering many questions about the fate of a heroine whose personality and force of will shine through. Ages 11–up. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews
In a follow-up that turns the Breadwinner Trilogy into a quartet, 15-year-old Parvana is imprisoned and interrogated as a suspected terrorist in Afghanistan. When her father's shoulder bag is searched, Parvana's captors find little of apparent value--a notebook, pens and a chewed-up copy of To Kill a Mockingbird. Parvana refuses to talk; her interrogator doesn't even know if she can speak. The interrogator reads aloud the words in her notebook to decide if the angry written sentiments of a teenage girl can be evidence of guilt. Parvana is stoic, her keen mind ever alert as she has to "stand and listen to her life being spouted back at her," a life in a land where warplanes are as "common as crows," where someone was always "tasting dirt, having their eardrums explode and seeing their world torn apart." The interrogation, the words of the notebook and the effective third-person narration combine for a thoroughly tense and engaging portrait of a girl and her country. This passionate volume stands on its own, though readers new to the series and to Ellis' overall body of work will want to read every one of her fine, important novels. Readers will learn much about the war in Afghanistan even as they cheer on this feisty protagonist. (author's note) (Fiction. 11 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554982981
Publisher:
Groundwood Books
Publication date:
05/12/2015
Series:
Breadwinner Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
178,230
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
11 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Deborah Ellis is the author of over 18 books, many of them bestsellers worldwide. She lives in Simcoe, Ontario.

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My Name Is Parvana 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
crayolakym More than 1 year ago
A moving and inspiring story unfolded before me as I devoured every word Ellis put between the covers. I only wish it had been much longer than the two hundred one pages. This is a sequel in the Breadwinner Series and is so finely written, there is no need to read the first book to pick up where the last book left off. “They should print poems on these packages…Soldiers on a battlefield would probably like to have something to read.” Parvana is a fifteen year old Afghani girl picked up by American military troops as a suspected terrorist in a school bombing. While she sits confined to her cell, she reminisces about the past four years of her life to help her endure her restless days. The reader follows her journal of struggles in a war torn country where the same people doing the destruction (Americans) try and find blame where it will never be found. Truly a heartfelt story that will pull the heart strings of any parent or sister. I look forward to all future books in the series. *You can view the original review at City Book Review
Avery12 More than 1 year ago
After reading The Breadwinner, I found interest in the entire series. I read this book and could not put it down. I loved the first person viewpoint and how well the author did at telling Parvana's story. I thought the author did a wonderful job or jumping back and forth between the present and the past of her life. I really enjoyed how it opened up interpretation and mysteriousness for who Parvana was captured by in the beginning. I thought the author also did an amazing job of keeping the entire book mysterious to the very end. I think that this book and the entire serious could be used in older elementary classrooms to show experience within warlike countries. This book could also be used to address the topic of war in a classroom setting as well. I believe that this book fits any age over the fourth grade because i know that being a freshman in college I really enjoyed the story. These books changed my life because it made me realize that there is innocence in the people of countries that we are at war with. I definitely recommend this book and the entire serious to anyone. 
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