The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

January 14th, 2015 by

The Breadwinner Deborah EllisSubmitted by Ivan, Age 10 from OTHER

Rating: ★★★★☆

The Breadwinner Book Review

The Breadwinner is a book about a young girl and her family who live in Afghanistan, Kabul. Parvana, the protagonist struggled under the oppression of the Taliban rule. The major themes in this book are Parvana and Shauzia’s relationship. They worked for their family and didn’t give up. The Taliban take control of these third world/developing countries or places. The characters are Parvana, Nooria, Parvana and Nooria’s mother and father, Mrs.Weera, Homa, the Taliban and Shauzia. The settings in this book are Kabul, the prison, the bombed building and the marketplace. The events that happen in this story is when Parvana and Shauzia go to the stadium and when the Taliban burst into Parvana’s room in the bombed building. The genre of this book is historical realistic drama. The author is very creative and descriptive. The book takes place in Afghanistan, Kabul during the time the Taliban were in control. The author kind of makes me feel like i’m there but my mind isn’t that creative and I couldn’t picture some of the stuff like the graveyard with the building. Some of the characters are believable because their names are acceptable but their personalities don’t for them for me like Mrs.Weera’s personality is athletic and she has a grandchild but i think she’s old so it doesn’t fit her. I don’t know anyone like the characters in this book. I like how the author uses words. The author describes every part of the story so people that read this book can really picture the story. I like the author’s writing style because she makes everything sound like Afghanistan and she made it very detailed. The stadium part really moved me because I was very surprised by the prisoners arms getting cut off. I got sad when Parvana and her mother went to the prison to get their father back so they asked and they got beaten up. I would recommend this book to grade 3 and above. I found the book interesting because i really like adventure and action books. This book has cliffhangers, juicy words, very good story lines and interesting chapters.

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