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Mud city / Deborah Ellis.

By: Ellis, Deborah, 1960-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Breadwinner ; 03. Publisher: [Sydney] : Read How You Want, [2013]Edition: Large print ed.Description: 140 p. (large print) : maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781459664456.Subject(s): Taliban -- Juvenile fiction | Girls -- Afghanistan -- Juvenile fiction | Refugees -- Afghanistan -- Juvenile fiction | Large type books | Young adult fiction | Afghanistan -- Juvenile fictionDDC classification: 813.6 Summary: The final book in the internationally - bestselling trilogy that includes The Breadwinner and Parvana's Journey. Parvana's best friend, fourteen - year - old Shauzia, has escaped the misery of her life in Kabul, only to end up in a refugee camp in Pakistan. Shauzia finally decides to leave the camp and try her luck on the streets. She is determined to earn money to buy her passage out of the country. An incident with a dishonest man lands her in jail, where she spends the night, terrified and despairing, before well - meaning Americans she met when she was begging rescue her. They take her to their home in a residential part of Peshawar, and for a time she has a taste of a life where children have food to eat and warm beds and toys to play with, and she feels safe for the first time. But just when she thinks the family will ask her to stay with them, disaster ensues, and Shauzia finds herself driven back to the refugee camp, where she discovers the old choices are not so easy any more. This is a powerful and very human story of a feisty, driven girl who tries to take control of her own life.
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Third book in the Breadwinner Trilogy -- cover.

Originally published :Toronto, ON : Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press Inc., 2011, c2000.

ISBN (9781554980277) on t.p. verso is for Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press Inc, 2011, c2000.

Set in 16 pt. Verdana.

The final book in the internationally - bestselling trilogy that includes The Breadwinner and Parvana's Journey. Parvana's best friend, fourteen - year - old Shauzia, has escaped the misery of her life in Kabul, only to end up in a refugee camp in Pakistan. Shauzia finally decides to leave the camp and try her luck on the streets. She is determined to earn money to buy her passage out of the country. An incident with a dishonest man lands her in jail, where she spends the night, terrified and despairing, before well - meaning Americans she met when she was begging rescue her. They take her to their home in a residential part of Peshawar, and for a time she has a taste of a life where children have food to eat and warm beds and toys to play with, and she feels safe for the first time. But just when she thinks the family will ask her to stay with them, disaster ensues, and Shauzia finds herself driven back to the refugee camp, where she discovers the old choices are not so easy any more. This is a powerful and very human story of a feisty, driven girl who tries to take control of her own life.

For children aged 12-16 years.

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Publishers Weekly Review

In the third book in the Breadwinner trilogy (The Breadwinner; Parvana's Journey), Mud City by Deborah Ellis, Afghani refugee 14-year-old Shauzia (Parvana's best friend) leaves the mud-walled refugee camp in Pakistan. Dressed like a boy, and accompanied by her dog Jasper, she struggles to survive and to reach her elusive dream-to travel to the sea and catch a ship to France. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-7-The ravages of war on children come to light in Deborah Ellis's final book (Groundwood, 2003) in her Breadwinner trilogy. Shauzia, 14, has traded her war-ravaged home in Kabul, Afghanistan, for the misery of refugee life in a Widows' Compound in Pakistan. The compound is a city made of mud which lacks food, water, and hope. Shauzia dreams of a life in France, convinced that it will be like the photo of lavender fields she keeps tucked in her pocket. Determined to work her way out of the misery, she dresses as a boy and escapes to the city to earn her passage. There she must compete with thousands of street children and learn tough lessons about survival. Meera Simhan provides the subtlest of accents for authenticity, and young listeners will feel transported to this war-torn area with her fine narration. Libraries circulating the first two audiobooks will definitely want this final one for their collection, and this volume also stands well alone.-Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Broken Arrow, OK (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-7. In the third book in the Breadwinner Trilogy, orphan Afghan refugee Shauzia leaves the rough Pakistan border camp and joins other homeless children on the streets of the city of Peshawar. Her dream, left from the time before the Taliban when she was still at school, is to reach the ocean and a place called France. Instead, disguised as a boy, she must beg and scrounge for food and find odd jobs. In the end, she returns to the refugee camp and to the tough camp leader, Mrs. Weera, whom Shauzia thought she hated. The story is strong on message, and in a final note, Ellis fills in the recent history about Afghanistan, the Taliban's restrictions on women, and the millions of new, desperate refugees. Middle-school readers will be caught up in the cause and in the elemental survival adventure, especially because Shauzia is no sweet waif; she's mean, insolent, and rebellious. Her struggle with the rough Mrs. Weera reveals that they are both strong and brave. Royalties from the book go to help homeless kids. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2003 Booklist

Horn Book Review

Shauzia, a proud fourteen-year-old from Kabul living in a refugee camp in Pakistan, takes to the streets of Peshawar dressed as a boy in hopes of earning money to realize her dream of making a life for herself in France. As in the other books in her trilogy, Ellis doesn't neglect to offer strong characterizations while chronicling the devastating realities of war. Glos. From HORN BOOK Spring 2004, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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