The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

March 6th, 2015 by

The Breadwinner Deborah EllisSubmitted by Tibian, Age 10 from OTHER

Rating: ★★★★½

This book is about a protagonist named Parvana, she is eleven years old and she lives in Afghanistan with her family in Kabul. Kabul used to be a very beautiful province but not until the Taliban took over and became the government. So now Parvana has to be a boy to work in a “Tea shop” so she can get money for food to give to her family including her. A few weeks after that Parvana’s family are in Mazar-e-Sharif because of Parvana’s bossy sister Nooria’s wedding, they went without her because she said she wanted to stay in Kabul until her father comes back and it will be too difficult to explain her appearance.
I like how the author used the words in the book, and I think that she did an excellent job of making me feel like I am in Kabul because when I read the book I imagine what they are doing.The action in the book is the Taliban because they hit and beat the women and girls if they see them outside , they also don’t let the children and adults go to school or work. I think that some of the main characters in the book are believable because the Taliban are still taking over Afghanistan and the are kidnapping a few people and making them get money so they can pay for the police. I don’t know anyone that is like the main characters in the book. The author describes them very well because she describes what they do, what they don’t want they don’t want to do what they did and where they want to go. I was shocked when the Taliban told the guys at the soccer stadium were the Taliban cut off their hands and put them into a pile of buckets because they are thieves. When Parvana and her friend Shauzia dug up bones in the graveyard to earn lots of money.
I like the scene were Parvana found Homa, she helped her because Parvan is helpful and kind and she found her sitting somewhere crying she also had a great idea how to get back home in the dangerous streets. I wouldn’t recommend this story to anyone else because it might be a little scary to small children about the Taliban. I found this book in the school’s library and the Calgary public library and when the teacher read it to me it was an amazing book, I would even read it again because I really liked it.

One Response

  • rochelle writes:
    September 9th, 2015 at 11:23 am

    It is a nice book reading it in class with my teacher

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