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.