The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

January 14th, 2015 by

The Breadwinner Deborah EllisSubmitted by Kayla, Age 10 from OTHER

Rating: ★★★★½

The Breadwinner is a book about a young girl and her family who live in Afghanistan. Parvana the protagonist struggled under the oppression of the Taliban rule. A major theme in this book is that women don’t have any rights and Parvana had to dress up like a boy to get food,water and money for her family. The genre is realistic historical drama. The protagonist is Parvana and the antagonist is the Taliban. The important relationships in this story are Parvana and her sister Nooria, Parvana and Shauzia, Parvana and her dad and Parvana’s mom and Mrs.Weera. Some characters in this book are Parvana, Parvana’s mother, Parvana’s father, Nooria, Mariyam, Ali, Mrs.Weera, Homa and Shauzia.

Something that really moved me was when Parvana and Shauzia walked into the soccer stadium and the Taliban was cutting off seven peoples hands, I felt sad because people shouldn’t do that to other people. Another thing is that when the Talib walked into Parvana’s house and took her father for no reason. I felt mad because people shouldn’t do stuff like that it’s just mean. I like this book because it’s reality of what the Taliban is doing to Afghanistan. I would recommend this book to people 10 and up because there is a lot of violence. I found this book really because this was what happened in the past and what the Taliban did to Afghanistan. I thought Parvana was brave because she had to get food, water and money for her family so she had to cut her hair and dress like a boy.There’s only one thing that I didn’t like about this story the thing is all the violence like at the stadium or the story Homa told them that the Taliban killed people and there were dead people laying on the ground.

The author does a good job about making me feel like I am there because the conversations are plausible and the author gives good descriptive words about the action. The book takes place in Kabul, Afghanistan when the Taliban was in control. Some of the characters are not believable because the Talib asked Parvana to read a letter and while Parvana was reading the letter the Talib was crying. I like the author’s writing style because she uses good descriptive words and she makes you feel like you’re actually there. She creates a picture in your mind of what’s going on and at the end of every chapter she leaves a cliffhanger that makes you want to keep reading.

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