Parvana's Journey

Parvana's Journey

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by Deborah Ellis
     
 

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A war is raging in Afghanistan as a coalition of Western forces tries to oust the Taliban by bombing the country. Parvana’s father has died, and her mother, sister, and brother have gone to a faraway wedding, not knowing what has happened to her father. Parvana doesn’t know where they are, but sets out alone to find them — masquerading as a

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A war is raging in Afghanistan as a coalition of Western forces tries to oust the Taliban by bombing the country. Parvana’s father has died, and her mother, sister, and brother have gone to a faraway wedding, not knowing what has happened to her father. Parvana doesn’t know where they are, but sets out alone to find them — masquerading as a boy. Her journey only becomes more perilous as the bombs begin to fall. Making her way across the desolate Afghan countryside, she meets other children who are strays from the war: an infant boy in a bombed-out village, a nine-year-old girl who believes she has magical powers over land mines, and a boy with one leg. The children travel together because it is easier than being alone. As they forge their own family in the war zone that Afghanistan has become, their resilience, imagination and luck help them survive. The reissue includes a new cover and map, and an updated author’s note and a glossary provide young readers with background and context. All 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.

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“This sequel…easily stands alone…An unforgettable read.” — School Library Journal, starred review
Publishers Weekly
Sequel to The Breadwinner, Parvana's Journey by Deborah Ellis follows the eponymous 12-year-old girl who, disguised as a boy, sets off from Kabul in search of her missing mother and siblings in Taliban-era Afghanistan. When war breaks out, she bands together with other displaced children. Royalties from the sale of the book go to Women for Women, a relief organization benefiting women in Afghanistan. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
VOYA
The sequel to The Breadwinner (Groundwood, 2000/VOYA June 2001) opens with the burial of thirteen-year-old Parvana's father. Afghanistan is still controlled by the Taliban, but violence and chaos reign. Parvana continues to masquerade as a boy as she journeys to find her remaining family. Fighting loneliness and fear, Parvana rescues a baby in the rubble of a bombed village and befriends a hostile, one-legged boy. As Parvana's group struggles to find shelter, they meet more refugees, including a young girl who feels magically protected from harm as she scavenges in the minefields. Parvana's reactions to events in her life are believable and touching. Meeting a woman on the road, Parvana vents her frustration by screaming, "You're a grownup. You have to take care of me!" before realizing that the woman is mentally ill. She questions whether she should steal food because any stealing is wrong. Retaining her faith in humanity, Parvana becomes a resourceful and caring leader to her new "family." This book stands alone but lacks the atmosphere and intrigue of the first book, as Parvana roamed Kabul, hustling food for her family. The dialogue is sometimes more political than natural. One man says, "Sometimes we are bombed by the Taliban. Sometimes we are bombed by the other side. We used to be farmers. Now we are targets." Younger readers will continue to be moved by Parvana's story, validated by current events, and the optimistic ending will satisfy many in this serviceable sequel to a compelling story. The ending suggests yet another installment. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P M J (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined asgrades 7 to 9). 2002, Groundwood/Douglas & McIntyre, 200p,
— Judy Sasges <%ISBN%>0888995148
Children's Literature
Deborah Ellis' 2000 book, The Breadwinner (Greenwood Books, $5.95; ages 10 and up) is an international bestseller which sold more than 125,000 copies. The heroine is Parvana, a thirteen-year-old Afghan whose father loses his leg and is taken to prison for no reason. Parvana must disguise herself as a boy and earn income for her needy family. She does so with a mix of willingness, excitement and fear. Parvana's willingness and fear continue in Parvana's Journey and her exhaustion and loss of hope mount. The sequel begins with the burial of her father and her search for her mother. Along the way she faces hunger, sickness, and collects a "family" of a starved baby, a crabby one-legged young boy, and an optimistic eight year old whom Parvana has rescued from disease and mine fields. This book, dedicated "to children we force to be braver than they should have to be," requires a brave reader as well. 2002, Groundwood, Ages 10 up.
— Susie Wilde
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-This sequel to The Breadwinner (Groundwood, 2001) easily stands alone. After her father's death, 13-year-old Parvana, disguised as a boy, wanders alone through war-torn Afghanistan looking for her mother and siblings who had disappeared in the tumult of the Taliban takeover of Mazar-e-Sharif. Early in her journey, Parvana comes across a baby, the only survivor in a bombed village. She takes him along, as both a burden and comforting company. Taking shelter in a small cave, she discovers an angry one-legged boy who is starved for both food and human companionship. Imagining treasure in their cave, they dig, only to find a cache of bullets-a scene that epitomizes what childhood has become for these young people. The three continue Parvana's search, stopping for a time in an apparent safe haven on the edge of a minefield where an eight-year-old lives with a near-comatose grandmother. When their refuge is destroyed, the four children join a long line of refugees, arriving finally at a camp. A bittersweet ending offers some hope for Parvana and her family, but readers are left with a horrifyingly realistic picture of the effect of war on children. While the reading is not difficult, the grim content cries out for discussion. An unforgettable read.-Kathleen Isaacs, Edmund Burke School, Washington, DC

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554987702
Publisher:
Groundwood Books
Publication date:
05/12/2015
Series:
Breadwinner Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
129,828
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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