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In this long-awaited sequel to The Breadwinner Trilogy, Parvana is now fifteen years old. 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 has finally managed to open a school for girls. But even though the Taliban has been driven from the government, the country is still at war, and many continue to view the education and freedom of girls and women with suspicion and fear.
As her family settles into the routine of running the school, Parvana, a bit to her surprise, finds herself restless and bored. She even thinks of running away. But when local men threaten the school and her family, she must draw on every ounce of bravery and resilience she possesses to survive the disaster that kills her mother, destroys the school, and puts her own life in jeopardy.
A riveting page-turner, Deborah Ellis’s new novel is at once harrowing, inspiring and thought-provoking. And, yes, in the end, Parvana is reunited with her childhood friend, Shauzia.
"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
"This sequel to the series is not merely an important book about the difficulty of girls' lives in war-torn, U.S.-occupied Afghanistan. It is also an example of vivid storytelling with a visceral sense of place, loss, distrust, and hope." —School Library Journal, starred review
" 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." —Publishers' Weekly
Praise for The Breadwinner:
"Newberry Medal worthy . . . This was a fantastic read. — Washington Times
Posted April 30, 2013
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
Posted March 9, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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