Submitted by Lillian, Age 10 from Alabama
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.