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Parvana's Journey (Breadwinner Series #2)

Parvana's Journey (Breadwinner Series #2)

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by Deborah Ellis

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The second book in the internationally-bestselling series that includes The Breadwinner, Mud City and My Name Is Parvana

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


The second book in the internationally-bestselling series that includes The Breadwinner, Mud City and My Name Is Parvana

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 the father. Parvana doesn’t know where they are. She just knows she has to find them.

She sets out alone, masquerading as a boy, her journey becoming 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 who is so obnoxious that Parvana can hardly stand him. The children travel together because it is easier than being alone. And, as they forge their own family in the war zone that Afghanistan has become, their resilience, imagination and luck help them to survive.

The reissue includes a new cover and 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.

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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.
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
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
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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Groundwood Books Ltd
Publication date:
Breadwinner Series , #2
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File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

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.

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Parvana's Journey 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was hesitant to read a chapter book with my class because it was my first year teaching. I stumbled upon this book by accident. Our school librarian asked me if I was interested in the book for my class. I read it that night and loved it! It took my class about three weeks to read it, and it was well worth it. They absolutely loved it and can't wait to read Parvana's Journey. Their reaction to the story blew me away. I teach about one hundred sixth graders, and I don't think there is one that would say they didn't enjoy the story. That says a lot about a book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was amazing book and I am now reading the third book, Mud City and I love it so far. I recommend this book to all 5th graders and up. I am in 5th grade and it was nit a hard read for ke at all. I wish Parvana was really a person but in the book she was real to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favirot booksnin the world if you liked the breadwinner you are shure to like this book to
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book keeps you on the edge of your seat even if your not sitting on a chiar. Parvana's dad just past away and she still continues her journey to find her mother and brother after being split apart by war. Every 5 pgs Parvana seems to get her self in to a pickle and always getting her self in to trouble
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was so touching and emotional, it really helped me understand and be grateful for what i have now
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book and series. I have read this book 3 times and I feel like I am right there. I feel This book is very inspirational and everyone should read this book. Us Americans are very spoiled and need to appertate what we have even if it's not much. My 3rd grade teacher read us the breadwinner I fell in love with series right away. Deborah Ellis is excellant at realing in the reader. I can never put down this series. I am only ten and in fifth grade but I have read many other books and the Breadwinner triolgy is still and always my favorite book (s) and series.
LaneyDC More than 1 year ago
Our scoial studied teacher would read this book to us amd we just loved it!! We finishedd the first but wasn not done with the second!!!!! So i really wanna finish it! AND FOR PPL WH HAVE NOT READ IT YET DO NOT READ WHAT I HAVE TO SAY OR IT WILL GIVE IT ALL AWAY!!!!! We got to the part wHere parvana is with the baby and boy and girl and the bomb killed the grandma and now they are watching the mud house burn. Cannot wait to finish it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
usually I don't read books but, I had to read one for class and seriousley LOVED IT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first look at the cover of this book I thought it was going to be very dull and I only read it because of an extra curricular activity I¿m in. On the cover there is only four children and some big hills and the paragraph on the back isn't that interesting, but when I started to read it, it became very interesting. By half way through the book, I didn¿t want to put it down. I rated it three stars because it has a lot of excitement in it, and in every chapter there is something new and exciting happening. It all began when Parvana¿s village was getting bombed and her family got split up. She went with her father on a long journey to find the rest of their family. Sadly, her father died from and illness somewhere in Afghanistan. Since she didn¿t know where the rest of her family was, she had to go and live with the only family that would take her. One night, the oldest daughter of the family she was living with told her that people were coming the next day to take her away. So she decided to continue her journey with only her belongings and some food. On her journey, she found a baby in a deserted village. She named him Hassan and took him with her on her journey. After a while she found a cave and inside was a lonely boy named Asif. From the beginning, Parvana and Asif didn¿t like each other, but Asif too came along on the journey. Food was gone, water was gane, and they were exhausted. One day they stopped for a rest, and Parvana and Asif started to see who could throw a rock farther, and when they did, they set of a bomb in the minefield. Shortly after the explosion, they saw a little girl coming towards them from the distends. Her name was Leila and she had been living in a house just outside of the minefield with her grandmother. Leila took them back to her house and they lived there for a while, mostly because there was lots of food and a nice shelter. After about a month, they could hear bombs going off in the distends. One night the bombs seemed even louder and all of a sudden their house got hit! Did they survive? Will Parvana ever see her mother and sisters again? It would be easy for me to just tell you and save you the trouble of reading the book, but since I enjoyed it so much, its up to you to find out if they survive. I enjoyed this book a lot for many reasons, but one of the main things I enjoyed the most about it is that in every chapter something new and thrilling happens. Another thing I liked so much was that it gives you a lot of information on how life would be like if your country were having a war. It makes me think of how lucky I am for living in a country that doesn¿t go into wars often. Also the author gave a lot of background on each character which made it easier to see why they looked the way they did and did certain things. I also learned one very important thing while reading this book. I learned that you should never judge a book by its cover because inside could be a very exciting story that you might really enjoy. Plus if the story is so good and is winning lots of awards, I think that the author should hire someone to make the cover a little more interesting. But over all I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I think it would be a smart move if you were to go ahead and read this book. (You won¿t regret it!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
parvana struggles and fights back for her family. her father dies but that doesnt mean she isnt going to give up she meets three unforgetable friends that fight together and survive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sequel to The Breadwinner, Parvana's Journey follows Parvanah as she searches for her mother and sister after her father's death. A haunting book, depicting the harsh reality of life for Afghan refugees, told through the eyes of a child. I highly recommend this book, and The Breadwinner to anyone seeking to gain an understanding of the human cost of the Afghan war.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Parvana's Journey was a good book. It wasn't as good as The Breadwinner. But this was still a good read. When my sister told me Deborah Ellis had come up with a sequel to that book, we were going to Chicago. There was a Barnes&Nobles there and when we got there, I found it and bought it. It was really pure luck I started reading The Breadwinner at all. We were in Barnes&Nobles, and I found this good looking book called the Breadwinner. This book was sort of sad. There is a lot of bombing and killing. So if you don't like that, you should stay away from this book. I thought this was an ok book. But not quite as good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello, I recently have read the first book of this seires. I was wondering is it worth while to buy the book. I absoultly need to know! Any body who read is it worth spending the money. That is the point off this small meassage. Thank you for reading this small meassage. Good Bye!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Inspirational Journey                                                                                                                                                                                 genesischms14 This text is amazing and inspirational! It pulled me in from page to page and I couldn&rsquo;t put it down! This text makes me be grateful for everything I have. It shows that there&rsquo;s always somebody in the world who has less than you do. As young as Parvana was she never gave up her journey to find her family. At some points she was alone and the thought of giving up skipped through her head millions of time, but she motivated herself to keep going and eventually she got her wish. If Parvana could follow her wishes imagine what we can do. The author has a great sense of writing and very vivid word choice. She conveys Parvana as being a brave and very kind character. As rude as Asif was she was still kind to him. I recommend this book to children of all ages.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first book and it was soooo good i cant wait to read this one
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I read this book a lot of times. I love reading this book. So ge it . My teachers always have to tell me to not check it out at shool so i got it on my nook. Totally get this book if u can Its really good :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it. I just couldn't put it down
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This book has touhed me in many ways. As a girl who looses her father she has to survive on her own, she meets new people and finds her lost family. What more inspiration cabn one person need.
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I just wantt to read this book
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