The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner

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Afghanistan: Parvana's father is arrested and taken away by Taliban soldiers. Under Taliban law, women and girls are not allowed to leave the house on their own.

Parvana, her mother, and sisters are prisoners in their own home. With no man to go out to buy food, they face starvation.

So Parvana must pretend to be a boy to save her family. It is a dangerous plan, but their only chance. In fear, she goes out - and witnesses the horror of landmines, the brutality of the Taliban, and the desperation of a country trying to survive. But even in despair lies hope . . .

Deborah Ellis has been to Afghan refugee camps and has listened to many stories like Parvana's.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 11mm | 126g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0192734024
  • 9780192734020
  • 8,255

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'An eye-opening experience for readers who are not acquainted with such a difficult reality' * Exploring Possibilities, Teacher Academic Forum * 'All girls [should read]: "The Breadwinner," by Deborah Ellis [...] I think it's important for girls everywhere to learn how women are treated in some societies. But even though Parvana is treated as lesser than boys and men, she never feels that way. She believes in herself and is stronger to fight against hunger, fear and war. Girls like her are an inspiration. "The Breadwinner" reminds us how courageous and strong women are around the world.' * Malala Yousafzai * 'I was gripped by this series and couldn't drag myself away from it. Ellis beautifully captures childhood in war-torn Afghanistan and Pakistan. The stories are very moving.' * Malala Yousafzai * 'Very remarkable and highly topical. The horrors of life under the Taliban are balanced by loyalty, courage and hope. Read it.' * Independent on Sunday * 'It answers the question; "What's it like to be an Afghan child?" It makes it clear that Afghans aren't the enemy, that children all over the world hate helping with the washing up, whether they are starving or not. It allows children to draw their own conclusions about why we are fighting. Most importantly, it humanises the war . . . it deserves to become a bestseller . . .' * The Daily Telegraph *
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About Deborah Ellis

Deborah Ellis ist Schriftstellerin und Psychotherapeutin in Toronto, wo sie die Organisation "Frauen für Frauen in Afghanistan" gründete. 1999 verbrachte sie viele Monate in afghanischen Flüchtlingslagern in Pakistan und Russland, bevor sie diese Geschichte schrieb. Ellis führte Gespräche mit Frauen und Mädchen und traf die Mutter und die Schwester eines Mädchen, das eine ähnliche Geschichte erlebte wie Parvana, die Protagonistin des Romans. "Die Sonne im Gesicht" ist ihr zweites Kinderbuch. Sämtliche Tantiemen aus dem Buch gehen an afghanische Flüchtlingscamps in Pakistan, wo sie für den Unterricht und die Ausbildung von Mädchen verwendet werden.
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3 21% (3,726)
2 5% (883)
1 2% (331)
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