The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

January 14th, 2015 by

The Breadwinner Deborah EllisSubmitted by Mudaser, Age 11 from OTHER

Rating: ★★★★☆

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The Breadwinner is a book about a girl named Parvana, she lives with her family in Afghanistan and they struggle over the oppression of the Taliban rule. The protagonist in this book is Parvana and the antagonist is the Taliban.
The major theme in this book is that there was a civil war in Afghanistan and that Parvana’s family struggle for survival. The genre in this book would be realistic historical drama. The important relationships in this book are Parvana and her father because they used to go to the market together but her father was arrested by the Taliban, another relationship is Parvana and Shauzia, they were friends in school before the Taliban took away women’s rights. Mrs. Weera and Parvana’s mother is an important relationship because they’re both part of the Afghan Women’s Union, a group of women that secretly protest against the Taliban and support other women.

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The author does a good job on how I feel like I am in the book because Deborah tells me all the information I need, like the settings and the situation. I love the way of how the author uses descriptive words in different scenes and situations like the incident in the stadium. The action occurs in Afghanistan during the Taliban rule or when they had control, the cities involved were Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif. Some of the events took place in the market, like the window woman. The characters are believable because most of the events actually happened and many people suffer and die because of them.

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The scene that moved me in the book was when Parvana’s father was arrested by the Taliban for no apparent reason. Another scene that moved me was the stadium incident, when the Taliban cut off the prisoners arms. I was very surprised and I felt sorry for the prisoners. I both liked and disliked the book equally because of the disturbing scenes and how Parvana still had hope. I would recommend this book to grade 4 and up depending on the interests of the student. I would also recommend this book to people who are interested in historical conflict. I found the book both hopeful and sad because Parvana did everything she could to support her family with the pressure of the arrest of her father and the Taliban rule. The book was sad because the Taliban declared that women couldn’t have rights or leave their house without a male. The book was hopeful because Parvana’s family might be in the refugee camps outside of Mazar and that Parvana’s father was released from prison.
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