Book Review: The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars

Genre: Children’s Literature

Age Recommended: 10 and up

I checked out this entire series from my school library. The amazing librarian from my middle school recommended them – I have read all four of the books in this series and loved every one of them. I hope to review the rest of the series soon.

This is a book about one girl’s courage and determination to take a stand against a corrupt government and her will to survive against all odds.



Parvana is a girl in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. Her father is sent to jail and after many futile attempts to get him released, she must disguise herself as a boy to earn money to feed her family.

Parvana has to cut off all of her beautiful hair in order to pass as a boy. She assumes an alias and takes on her father’s job, selling items at a vendor’s stand. She even digs up graves with her friend Shauzia to earn a little extra money.

Parvana’s older sister, Nooria, is getting married. Her entire family goes off to Mazar-e-Sharifa place not yet controlled by the Taliban, leaving Parvana in charge of the household.

Parvana runs into many troubles living alone. She also finds out that Mazar-e-Sharif has been taken by the Taliban. Her desperation reaches new heights and forces her to do things she has never dreamed of doing before. Will Parvana survive and be reunited with her family?

Buy this book here: The Breadwinner


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