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The Breadwinner 

The Breadwinner (2001)
(The first book in the Breadwinner series)
A novel by Deborah Ellis

 
Since the Taliban took over Afghanistan, 11-year-old Parvana has rarely been outdoors. Barred from attending school, shopping at the market, or even playing in the streets of Kabul, the heroine of Deborah Ellis's engrossing children's novel The Breadwinner is trapped inside her family's one-room home. That is, until the Taliban hauls away her father and Parvana realizes that it's up to her to become the "breadwinner" and disguise herself as a boy to support her mother, two sisters, and baby brother. Set in the early years of the Taliban regime, this topical novel for middle readers explores the harsh realities of life for girls and women in modern-day Afghanistan. A political activist whose first book for children, Looking for X, dealt with poverty in Toronto, Ellis based The Breadwinner on the true-life stories of women in Afghan refugee camps.

In the wily Parvana, Ellis creates a character to whom North American children will have no difficulty relating. The daughter of university-educated parents, Parvana is thoroughly westernized in her outlook and responses. A pint-sized version of Offred from Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, Parvana conceals her critique of the repressive Muslim state behind the veil of her chador. Although the dialogue is occasionally stilted and the ending disappointingly sketchy, The Breadwinner is essential reading for any child curious about ordinary Afghans. Like so many books and movies on the subject, it is also eerily prophetic. "Maybe someone should drop a big bomb on the country and start again," says a friend of Parvana's. "'They've tried that,' Parvana said, 'It only made things worse.'" (Ages 9 to 12) --Lisa Alward

 
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Hardback Editions

June 2008 : Library Binding
Title: The Breadwinner
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 1439506167 / 9781439506165
Publisher:
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January 2006 : Hardback
Title: The Breadwinner
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 0307258009 / 9780307258007 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library
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August 2001 : Library Binding
Title: The Breadwinner
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 0613444884 / 9780613444880 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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October 2001 : Hardback
Title: The Breadwinner
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 0756939178 / 9780756939175 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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September 2000 : Hardback
Title: The Breadwinner
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 0888994192 / 9780888994196 (Canada (English speaking) edition)
Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd ,Canada
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Paperback Editions

March 2014 : Paperback
Title: The Breadwinner
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 0192734024 / 9780192734020 (UK edition)
Publisher: OUP Oxford
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May 2013 : Paperback
Title: The Breadwinner (Large Print 16pt)
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 1459664833 / 9781459664838
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant
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July 2009 : Paperback
Title: The Breadwinner Trilogy
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 0888999593 / 9780888999597 (Canada (English speaking) edition)
Publisher: Groundwood Books
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March 2004 : Paperback
Title: The Breadwinner
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 0192752847 / 9780192752840 (UK edition)
Publisher: OUP Oxford
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2002 : Paperback
Title: The Breadwinner: An Afghan Child in a War Torn Land
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 0439465079 / 9780439465076
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
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2002 : Paperback
Title: The Breadwinner: An Afghan Child in a War Torn Land
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 0439446333 / 9780439446334 (USA, UK, or Canada (English speaking) edition)
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
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November 2001 : Paperback
Title: The Breadwinner (Starvation or survival - a girl's life under Taliban rule)
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 0192752111 / 9780192752116 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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September 2000 : Paperback
Title: The Breadwinner
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 0888994168 / 9780888994165 (Canada (English speaking) edition)
Publisher: Groundwood Books
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9999 : Paperback
Title: The Breadwinner
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 0192719068 / 9780192719065 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
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Audio Editions

August 2002 : Audio Cassette
Title: The Breadwinner
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 0807209740 / 9780807209745 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library (Lib)
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July 2002 : Audio Cassette
Title: The Breadwinner
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 0807209732 / 9780807209738 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library
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2002 : Audio CD
Title: The Breadwinner
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 0739366882 / 9780739366882 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books On Tape
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

March 2014 : Kindle edition
Title: The Breadwinner
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: B00IINBGZE
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Availability: Amazon UK   

July 2011 : Kindle edition
Title: The Breadwinner Trilogy
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: B005IGBHRG
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Availability: Amazon   

May 2011 : Kindle edition
Title: The Breadwinner
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: B0055TH52M
Publisher: Groundwood Books
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