The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

January 6th, 2017 by

The Breadwinner Deborah EllisSubmitted by Jayshon, Age 14 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★½

The book “Breadwinner” is a wonderful story, because it’s so realistic and gives a lot of information through the whole story. Also one of the main characters, Parvana is 11-years old. But she plays a way bigger role in this story mentally. Parvana’s bravery saved her and everyone around her. Parvana acted as boy. She is linguist it’s uncommon for anyone to be linguist in Afghanistan.

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

January 5th, 2017 by

The Breadwinner Deborah EllisSubmitted by ashanti, Age 14 from Rhode Island

The book The Breadwinner is a good story telling you about the struggles people have to face living in Afghanistan. Also, on how women are of a lower class compared to men, and how one little girl helped out her family.
Afghanistan is run by the Taliban who enforce strict Islamic rules. This was a place of peace and color now it is a place of war and dread. Many people are scared of losing someone close to them because of the bombings they occasionally drop. Parvana’s family had sadly been struck with this fear coming to life. Her brother had died because of a land mine, her father was hurt because of a bomb that had struck the high school he was teaching at. We as Americans don’t fear this day by day, night by night because we are they say “protected” by our army and all those that symbolize safety for us. Yet people just across the ocean are living in fear and daily war that they have now come accustomed too. This just giving The Breadwinner that much more of depth this making that much more interesting. Even though women have to be of lower class over there.
Women are to be covered, uneducated rome the streets with a man present and to be hidden away from others in the community. This making it ten times more harder for a women to live under such conditions. Parvana’s mother was a woman who was educated, employed and married with children. Then to be put out of a job and locked away covered due to the Taliban takeover. So we can all agree that women do in fact live a rougher life in Afghanistan than men do.
Parvana we can all agree is brave. She had transformed into a boy just so her and her family can get through with food, water and money since her father got locked up. She only an eleven year old girl took on the responsibility of a man to take care of her family and make sure they are able to get by.
So The Breadwinner was in fact a good book it told you all of this and also included facts about Afghanistan as well. So for those of you who have an essay do or a project having to be done read this book it is interesting and along the way you learn a few things.

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.

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

February 19th, 2015 by

The Breadwinner Deborah EllisSubmitted by Lillian, Age 10 from Alabama

Rating: ★★★½☆

The Breadwinner
Parvana is an 11-year-old girl with a normal life, but then her father gets arrested. All the citizens of Afghanistan suffer from the Taliban. The Taliban are very cruel because they don’t let girls go to school. Her mom, dad, older sister Nooria, younger sister Maryam, and younger brother Ali all live together under one little roof. Parvana’s mom used to be in a program called The Afghans Women Union. It would teach women to brave and strong. No women can go outside without a man or boy, so Parvana has to do something a girl won’t like because her father is in jail, her older brother died from a landmine and Ali is just a baby. So Parvana has to do it herself.

Deborah Ellis put the story setting in Kabul, Afghanistan when the Taliban were around. She does make me feel like I am there because she makes the story really interesting by putting in descriptive words and when she ended the chapter and left the readers hanging and I just wanted to read more. Yes the main characters are believable because what they say could happen for example Parvana said “my father is still alive” or “I will get my father out of jail” and it happened. My sister is like Nooria because they are both older and bossy. Deborah Ellis described the book well enough that I could understand what was going on because when I read some books I don’t understand so I have to read it over.

The part I liked best was when Parvana’s father came home from jail. Another part I liked was when Parvana was so generous and kind to take Homa home. I liked the book because it was interesting and I disliked the book because it was violent and parts. I would recommend this book to my family beacuse it might teach them something or bring memories to tell. I would also recommened this book to ages 10 and up beacuse the violent parts were almost inappropriate.

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

February 19th, 2015 by

The Breadwinner Deborah EllisSubmitted by Tibian, Age 10 from OTHER

Rating: ★★★★☆

This book is about a protagonist named Parvana , she is eleven years old and she lives in Afghanistan

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

February 10th, 2015 by

The Breadwinner Deborah EllisSubmitted by shaiza, Age 10 from OTHER

Rating: ★★★★½

The Breadwinner is a descriptive book written by Deborah Ellis, the author. This book is about a eleven-year-old brave young girl and her family who lives in Afghanistan. Parvana, the protagonist, struggles under the preasure of the antagonist Taliban. The major themes in this book is that every one is not evil, resilience and relationships. Some of the important relationships within this book are Parvana and mother, Parvana and father and Nooria, her sister and Parvana. Parvana is a confident girl, who always perseveres and tries to bring her family together and bring them food, because she is the only one to do this work because her big brother Hussain was killed by a Land-mine. And her father is arrested, so now she has to turn herself into a boy ,so that she can go outside to bring food because girls are not aloud to go outside because of the Taliban. The author Deborah Ellis did a really good job of making me feel that I am actually in Kabul, Afghanistan by including lots of details, using descriptive word and using Afghani words like naan, burqa, shalwar kameez and toshaq. The author makes me believe that the characters are realistic because she used a lot of descriptive words to describe the characters. Deborah Ellis did an incredible job of describing the characters and I like how she used so many adjectives and descriptive words to describe the scenes and characters. I found the book interesting because there were some scenes that I really like, like when Parvana turns into a boy just for her family. I dislike this book because there was a lot of violence like the stadium scenes and the news Homa told Parvana about the Mazar-e-sharif.I would recommend this book to someone who is in grade 6 or up.

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

January 30th, 2015 by

The Breadwinner Deborah EllisSubmitted by Jordan, Age 10 from OTHER

Rating: ★★★½☆

This book is about a 11 year old girl named Parvana and her family who lived in Kabul, Afghanistan, and there houses kept on getting bombed by the Taliban. The genre in this book is realistic historical and drama. In this book the action takes place in Kabul, Afghanistan during the time the Taliban were in control. The major themes in this book is war, tragic things can happen, not everyone is evil and be resilient. The antagonist is Parvana and th e protagonist is the Taliban. In this book some of the important relationships are Parvana and Shauzia, Parvana and her father, Parvana’s mother and Mrs.Weara, and Parvana and Nooria.
The author did a good job making me feel like I was there in chapter 11 standing right behind Parvana and Sauzia helping them dig up bones. In the book only one felt like she was real and it’s Parvana. Parvana feels real to me because she is brave, she doesn’t give up and she has resilience. Parvana reminds me of myself because when I said Parvana is brave, I am too. The part I did not like about the authors writing style was the part at the soccer stadium because it kind of scared me but I liked the way the she used juicy words.
Parvana is a brave person because when she went to the prison to get her father, the guards smacked her with a wooden stick, and another way why she is brave is when the Taliban came up to her and started to say mean things. In this book I like some parts and dislike others because like I said the soccer stadium part kind of scared me, but the part I like was when Parvana changed in to a boy and could finally give her family fresh air. I would recommend this book to my brother, and I would recommend this book to the age 9-up. I found the book interesting because some parts were really exiting.

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

January 28th, 2015 by

The Breadwinner Deborah EllisSubmitted by Krithika, Age 10 from OTHER

Rating: ★★★☆☆

In The Breadwinner there is a girl named Parvana. She lives in Afghanistan in Kabul with her mother, two sisters and her brother Ali. Parvana is eleven years old. Parvana had another brother named Hossain he got killed in a landmine. The Taliban arrested her father because her father got educated in England so they arrested him. Parvana turned into a boy because her father got in prison so she needs to save the family to get some money because in Afghanistan a women should go with a men or else the Taliban will do something bad to you. Parvana is suffering from the Taliban because they kill some people for no reason. There is this new person named Ms. Weera she is helping parvana’s family to be in peace and to get Parvana’s dad out of jail.
Deborah Ellis took the book’s plot in Afghanistan, Kabul. It makes you feel as if you are there because she write’s really good at writing good words and choosing good words and, she says things really effectively that’s really good. The main characters are believable because it is a real life story and the author is good at choosing good words. The story is interesting. I do not know anyone like Parvana . I like the way of the author’s writing style because the way she says words and explains it’s really good. I like the book so much.
I liked the part when her father comes back home and iI also like the part where Parvana is caring for a family when she turns’ as a boy. I liked the book because; usually books do not include realistic things that happen in real life. I would recommend to my family.The age group could be above 12 years old. I found the book okay not so bad or good because the book is pretty good and it has a lot of violence like the Taliban and killing people but it is really realistic.

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

January 28th, 2015 by

The Breadwinner Deborah EllisSubmitted by Ceyda, Age 10 from OTHER

Rating: ★★½☆☆

The Bread Winner
The Bread Winner is a realistic and historical book and a bit of drama. There is a young girl named Parvana. Parvana the protagonist and her family have bin through a lot of stress and terror. This book gets very Horrible! Parvana and her family’s Dad was put in jail because he was egecated. The names in the family are, Ali, Parvana, Nooria, Shazia, Mother, Father. The setting is in Afghanistan in the town of Kabul.

All the people are living under the Taliban rule! My mom acts a lot like mother because my mom when she is depressed she lays on the bed and sleeps or cry’s. I loved the descriptive words in this book! The main character’s are bealevibal, because of the way they all act.

I did not like the violence or the blood. I would recommend this book to 13 +, because of all the violence!

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

January 15th, 2015 by

The Breadwinner Deborah Ellis

Submitted by Mahoor, Age 10 from OTHER

Rating: ★★★☆☆

The book the Breadwinner is a book about a family living in Kabul, Afghanistan. Parvana is the main character in the book. She dresses up as a boy so that she can earn money to feed her family. Then, one day she meets another girl named Shauzia she also dresses up as a boy . She works so that her family can have food on their table. The author writes okay. It is true that the punishment of stealing under the Taliban is cutting off a hand. I don’t like this book because it has violent parts. I would recommend this book for kids over 12.

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