Joint winner of the South Asia Book Award, longlisted
for the Children''s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information
Book Award, selected for the IRA Notable Books for a Global Society
List, the Bankstreet College of Education''s Best Children''s Books
of the Year 2013, the USBBY Outstanding International Book List,
and the CCBC Choices List
Since its publication in 2000, hundreds of thousands of children
all over the world have read and loved The Breadwinner. By
reading the story of eleven-year-old Parvana and her struggles
living under the terror of the Taliban, young readers came to know
the plight of children in Afghanistan.
But what has happened to Afghanistan''s children since the fall
of the Taliban in 2001? In 2011, Deborah Ellis went to Kabul to
find out. She interviewed children who spoke about their lives now.
They are still living in a country torn apart by war. Violence and
oppression still exist, particularly affecting the lives of girls,
but the kids are weathering their lives with courage and optimism:
"I was incredibly impressed by the sense of urgency these kids have
— needing to get as much education and life experience
and fun as they can, because they never know when the boom is going
to be lowered on them again."
The two dozen or so children featured in the book range in age
from ten to seventeen. Many are girls Deb met through projects
funded by Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan
(www.cw4wafghan.ca), the organization that is supported by
royalties from The Breadwinner Trilogy. Parvana’s Fund
provides grants toward education projects for Afghan women and
children, including schools, libraries and literacy programs.
All royalties from the sale of Kids of Kabul will also
go to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan.