The Breadwinner - Deborah Ellis

The Breadwinner

By Deborah Ellis

  • Release Date: 2000-09-01
  • Genre: Culture, Places & People
The Breadwinner book review score

4 Score: 4 (From 236 Ratings)

The Breadwinner Deborah Ellis Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

"All girls [should read] The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis." — Malala Yousafzai, New York Times

The first book in Deborah Ellis’s riveting Breadwinner series is an award-winning novel about loyalty, survival, families and friendship under extraordinary circumstances during the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan.

Eleven-year-old Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital city. Parvana’s father — a history teacher until his school was bombed and his health destroyed — works from a blanket on the ground in the marketplace, reading letters for people who cannot read or write. One day, he is arrested for the crime of having a foreign education, and the family is left without someone who can earn money or even shop for food.

As conditions for the family grow desperate, only one solution emerges. Forbidden to earn money as a girl, Parvana must transform herself into a boy, and become the breadwinner.

The fifteenth anniversary edition includes a special foreword by Deborah Ellis as well as a new 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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  • Bland

    By scxndalously
    This was a slow paced book, which may be good in some books, but it wasn’t in this one. There was no emotion, and I really didn’t feel anything when something ‘terrible’ occurred because it isn’t described well. Would not recommend.
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    This book is so cool that you can't stop reading it!!!
  • Great book!

    By Patriots win Superbowl
    I read this and loved this book, it's filled with suspense all the way!
  • Great storyline

    By J dawg4557
    The book pulls you in and really makes you want to read it more. Teenage reading level but a great story for older folks as well!
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    I liked this book. It had many different problems and solutions. I actually felt like I wanted to read the whole trilogy. But I was busy I'll get to it one day.
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    By Hirvay vay
    I really enjoyed to read this book. It was very interesting. I read every word of it and bought the second one ''Parvana's Journey''
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    By Johnny......lang
    I need to read this book for my book project I wonder where I could get one if I don't get one I might buy this instead. :(
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    This is an amazing book I love love the drama in the store and every word of it I loved! 😍

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