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The Breadwinner

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The Breadwinner
by Deborah Ellis

Eleven year old Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Parvana's father--a history teacher until his school was bombed and his health destroyed--works from a blanket on the ground in the marketplace, reading letters for people who cannot read or write. One day he is arrested for the crime of having a foreign education, and the family is left without someone who can earn money or even shop for food.

As conditions for the family grow desperate, only one solution emerges. Forbidden to earn money as a girl, Parvana must transform herself into a boy and become the breadwinner.

The absorbing and unforgettable novel is the first book of The Breadwinner Trilogy.


Grade Level:    5th grade     6th grade     7th grade     8th grade

Book Type:   chapter book

Reading Level:   Guided Reading Level V     DRA Level 50


Condition:  This book is used but it is in good condition.  Occasionally there's the previous owner's name or inscription on the inside front cover.  Overall though, we are very proud of the quality of our books!