"All girls [should read] The Breadwinner by
Deborah Ellis." - Malala Yousafzai, New York
Over two million copies of The Breadwinner Trilogy sold
Eleven-year-old Parvana lives with her family in one room of a
bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan's capital city.
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 Breadwinner is a novel about loyalty, survival,
families and friendship under extraordinary circumstances. A map,
glossary and author's note provide young readers with background
and context. All royalties from the sale of this book will go to
Women for Women, an organization that supports health and education
projects in Afghanistan.