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Monday, 9 February 2015

The Bread Winner

By Deborah Ellis
5 Stars
Historical Fiction
Teen to Adult

My children have recommended a number of books they read from their homeschooling library. I am slowly working my way through them. The Breadwinner is another of these books. They are all good, thought provoking and have important educational value. I enjoy them but to read them all one after another is emotionally draining. All royalties for this book incidentally are donated to Women for Women in Afghanistan. It is a fictional account based on the stories shared with the author in the refugee camps.

Our heroine is Parvana, who is a young Afghan girl, living in Taliban controlled Afghanistan. Women and girls are denied education and even the right to go out of the home without male accompaniment or escort. Her father is thrown in prison and to enable the family to survive Parvana gets a haircut and pretends to be a boy so she can work and provide for the family.

We get to go along with Parvana as she encounters horror and humanity along the way. For me it is difficult for me to comprehend this kind of oppression of women so it was quite educational. The message the book gives is very important.

The book ends in a rather open ended way. Afghanistan's problems are not resolved. Parvana's family is not all reunited. It does end on a hopeful note and I think it is an effective end.

I of course highly recommend this particular book and give it a full five stars.