The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

A year and a half after the Taliban took over Kabul, Afghanistan, Parvana’s father is arrested leaving 11-year-old Parvana, her mother, her older and younger sisters, and toddler brother to fend for themselves. Because of Taliban rules, Parvana’s mother and older sister cannot be seen without a burqa and cannot be out of their house without a male escort. Since the family still has to eat, the only solution is to turn Parvana into a boy named Kaseem and send her out to work in the marketplace to support the family.

The Breadwinner is the first book of the Breadwinner series. At times it made me angry because while the story is fiction, it could have happened and could still be happening, all because of horrible people imposing their will on innocent families. The story moves along slowly, but steadily. I recommend it to adults, teens, and older children.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2016: 48
Pages Read in 2016: 12,235
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