Winner of the Jane Addams Children's Book
A war is raging in Afghanistan as a coalition of Western forces
tries to oust the Taliban by bombing the country.
Parvana's father has died, and her mother, sister and
brother have gone to a faraway wedding, not knowing what has
happened to the father. Parvana doesn't know where they
are. She just knows she has to find them.
She sets out alone, masquerading as a boy, her journey becoming
more perilous as the bombs begin to fall. Making her way across the
desolate Afghan countryside, she meets other children who are
strays from the war. The children travel together because it is
easier than being alone. And, as they forge their own family in the
war zone that Afghanistan has become, their resilience, imagination
and luck help them to survive.
A map, glossary and author's note provide young readers
with background and context. Royalties from the sale of this book
will go to Women for Women, an organization that supports health
and education projects in Afghanistan.