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Parvana's journey / Deborah Ellis.

By: Ellis, Deborah, 1960-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Breadwinner ; 02. Publisher: [Sydney] : Read How You Want, [2013]Edition: Large print ed.Description: 171 p. (large print) : maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781459664760.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: Imagine that your house has been destroyed by bombs, your friends have fled or been killed, your mother, sister and little brother are missing, and today you buried your father... This is the reality for Parvana, who sets out alone to walk across war-torn Afghanistan in search of her family. Parvana's Journey is the riveting story of a young girl's talent for friendship, hope and gritty determination despite the ravages of war. Sometimes shocking and sad, always compelling, this novel takes an honest, compassionate look at the situation in Afghanistan, and the courage and resilience that can keep children afloat even in the most terrible circumstances.
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Second book in the Breadwinner Trilogy -- cover.

Originally published :Toronto, ON : Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press Inc., 2011, c2002.

ISBN (9781554980307) on t.p. verso is for Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press Inc, 2011, c2002.

Set in 16 pt. Verdana.

Imagine that your house has been destroyed by bombs, your friends have fled or been killed, your mother, sister and little brother are missing, and today you buried your father... This is the reality for Parvana, who sets out alone to walk across war-torn Afghanistan in search of her family. Parvana's Journey is the riveting story of a young girl's talent for friendship, hope and gritty determination despite the ravages of war. Sometimes shocking and sad, always compelling, this novel takes an honest, compassionate look at the situation in Afghanistan, and the courage and resilience that can keep children afloat even in the most terrible circumstances.

For children aged 12-16 years.

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Publishers Weekly Review

Sequel to The Breadwinner, Parvana's Journey by Deborah Ellis follows the eponymous 12-year-old girl who, disguised as a boy, sets off from Kabul in search of her missing mother and siblings in Taliban-era Afghanistan. When war breaks out, she bands together with other displaced children. Royalties from the sale of the book go to Women for Women, a relief organization benefiting women in Afghanistan. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7-10-This sequel to The Breadwinner (Groundwood, 2001) easily stands alone. After her father's death, 13-year-old Parvana, disguised as a boy, wanders alone through war-torn Afghanistan looking for her mother and siblings who had disappeared in the tumult of the Taliban takeover of Mazar-e-Sharif. Early in her journey, Parvana comes across a baby, the only survivor in a bombed village. She takes him along, as both a burden and comforting company. Taking shelter in a small cave, she discovers an angry one-legged boy who is starved for both food and human companionship. Imagining treasure in their cave, they dig, only to find a cache of bullets-a scene that epitomizes what childhood has become for these young people. The three continue Parvana's search, stopping for a time in an apparent safe haven on the edge of a minefield where an eight-year-old lives with a near-comatose grandmother. When their refuge is destroyed, the four children join a long line of refugees, arriving finally at a camp. A bittersweet ending offers some hope for Parvana and her family, but readers are left with a horrifyingly realistic picture of the effect of war on children. While the reading is not difficult, the grim content cries out for discussion. An unforgettable read.-Kathleen Isaacs, Edmund Burke School, Washington, DC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-8. In this sequel to The Breadwinner (2001), 13-year-old Parvana buries her father, disguises herself as a boy, and sets out across war-torn Afghanistan to find the surviving members of her family. Along the way, she rescues a baby and meets two other children: contentious Asif, who has lost a leg, and hopeful Leila, who believes she has magical powers that protect her against the land mines on their journey. Together the four children battle starvation, bombings, and despair before reaching a camp that offers them some glimmer of hope for the future. Through spare, affecting prose, Ellis draws a vivid landscape of Taliban-threatened Afghanistan and makes the children's journey both arduous and believable. She does an excellent job of keeping the dialogue and conflict among the children lively and authentic, even as she presents the harrowing struggle for survival. Although American readers are half a world away, they will be moved by the tremendous suffering of the young characters who speak, think, and bicker like children everywhere. --Roger Leslie

Horn Book Review

In this highly readable sequel to [cf2]The Breadwinner[cf1], it's wartime in Afghanistan, and thirteen-year-old Parvana must disguise herself as a boy as protection against the Taliban. After she sets off to find her mother and siblings, she forms a makeshift family with a baby and a contrary boy with one leg. Ellis deftly integrates engrossing characterizations with the harsh daily realities of war. Glos. From HORN BOOK Spring 2003, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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