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Breadwinner Series 1
The Breadwinner
Fifteenth Anniversary edition
By (author): Deborah Ellis
9781554987658 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Age (years) from 10 - 14, Reading age from 10 - 14 JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Middle East May 01, 2015
$9.95 CAD
Active 5.25 x 8 in 176 pages Updated map Groundwood Books Ltd Groundwood Books
 
Trillium Book Award 2001, Short-listed Baia delle Favole Prize for ages 9–12 2003, Winner Hackmatack Award 2003, Winner Middle East Book Award 2002, Winner Rocky Mountain Book Award 2003, Short-listed Swedish Peter Pan Prize 2003, Winner OLA Golden Oak Award 2003, Long-listed OLA Red Maple Award 2001, Long-listed SYRCA Diamond Willow Award 2003, Long-listed YALSA PPYA 2003, Commended Young Jury Awards 2004, Long-listed

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

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.

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.

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.

Deborah Ellis 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 is a member of the Order of Canada and has been named to the Order of Ontario.

She is best known for her Breadwinner Trilogy, set in Afghanistan and Pakistan — a series that has been published in twenty-five languages, with $2 million in royalties donated to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan and Street Kids International.

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