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My name is Parvana / Deborah Ellis.

By: Ellis, Deborah, 1960-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Breadwinner. Publisher: [Sydney] : Read How You Want, [2013]Edition: Large print ed.Description: 202 p. (large print) : maps ; 24 cm; 202 pages (large print) : maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781459664548.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: On a military base in post-Taliban Afghanistan, American authorities have just imprisoned a teenaged girl found in a bombed-out school. The army major thinks she may be a terrorist working with the Taliban. The girl does not respond to questions in any language and remains silent, even when she is threatened, harassed and mistreated over several days. The only clue to her identity is a tattered shoulder bag containing papers that refer to people named Shauzia, Nooria, Leila, Asif, Hassan - and Parvana.In this long-awaited sequel to The Breadwinner Trilogy, Parvana is now fifteen years old. As she waits for foreign military forces to determine her fate, she remembers the past four years of her life. Reunited with her mother and sisters, she has been living in a village where her mother has finally managed to open a school for girls. But even though the Taliban has been driven from the government, the country is still at war, and many continue to view the education and freedom of girls and women with suspicion and fear.As her family settles into the routine of running the school, Parvana, a bit to her surprise, finds herself restless and bored. She even thinks of running away. But when local men threaten the school and her family, she must draw on every ounce of bravery and resilience she possesses to survive the disaster that kills her mother, destroys the school, and puts her own life in jeopardy.
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Final book in the bestselling Breadwinner series -- cover.

Originally published :Toronto, ON : Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press Inc., 2012.

ISBN (9781554982998) on t.p. verso is for Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press Inc, 2012.

Set in 16 pt. Verdana.

On a military base in post-Taliban Afghanistan, American authorities have just imprisoned a teenaged girl found in a bombed-out school. The army major thinks she may be a terrorist working with the Taliban. The girl does not respond to questions in any language and remains silent, even when she is threatened, harassed and mistreated over several days. The only clue to her identity is a tattered shoulder bag containing papers that refer to people named Shauzia, Nooria, Leila, Asif, Hassan - and Parvana.In this long-awaited sequel to The Breadwinner Trilogy, Parvana is now fifteen years old. As she waits for foreign military forces to determine her fate, she remembers the past four years of her life. Reunited with her mother and sisters, she has been living in a village where her mother has finally managed to open a school for girls. But even though the Taliban has been driven from the government, the country is still at war, and many continue to view the education and freedom of girls and women with suspicion and fear.As her family settles into the routine of running the school, Parvana, a bit to her surprise, finds herself restless and bored. She even thinks of running away. But when local men threaten the school and her family, she must draw on every ounce of bravery and resilience she possesses to survive the disaster that kills her mother, destroys the school, and puts her own life in jeopardy.

For children aged 12-16 years.

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Publishers Weekly Review

In this follow-up to the Breadwinner trilogy, set five years later, Ellis revisits her strong, 15-year-old heroine, now living in post-Taliban Afghanistan. The novel alternates between Parvana's struggles in an American prison (she is a suspect in an explosion at her mother's school) and flashbacks to her life before capture, first as a student at the school and then as a teacher. Though Parvana understands and reads English fluently, she refuses to speak ("She knew she could not trust them. All she could trust was herself"), silently enduring sleep deprivation and harsh interrogation. In the flashbacks, Ellis strongly sketches family tensions, including a betrayal by Parvana's sister Noori and Parvana's complicated relationship with her mother. A scene in which Parvana's discovery of an injured American soldier foils her near-escape underscores her compassion and morality. The resolution is perhaps too tidy, but Ellis succeeds in putting a human face on the headlines and the brutality of the Afghan war, while answering many questions about the fate of a heroine whose personality and force of will shine through. Ages 11-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-10-Captured and imprisoned by American soldiers in Afghanistan, 15-year-old Parvana keeps silent but recalls the events of the last few years, the school for girls her mother ran, and its eventual destruction. Children don't need to have read the earlier titles in Ellis's "Breadwinner" series to get caught up in this story. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Captured and imprisoned as a suspected terrorist by American soldiers in Afghanistan, 15-year-old Parvana keeps silent and concentrates on her memories. The soldiers connect the teen with the bombing of the ruined school where they found her. Her cell a room of her own with a bed and running water seems luxurious, yet she is made to stand for hours, awakened at night, and subjected to constant Donny Osmond music. Throughout the endless days and nights of her captivity, she replays scenes from the past in her head: the triumphant school opening, her frustration at being a lowly student, the threats from the Taliban, and the horror of her mother's death. This is Afghanistan, her friend Shauzia says. What do you want a happy ending? In her unlikely conclusion, Ellis at least offers some hope, and her author's note provides background context. Readers don't need to have read earlier titles in the Breadwinner series to enjoy this moving story, but those who have will be happy to see how Parvana has kept her resilience and determination intact.--Isaacs, Kathleen Copyright 2010 Booklist

Kirkus Book Review

In a follow-up that turns the Breadwinner Trilogy into a quartet, 15-year-old Parvana is imprisoned and interrogated as a suspected terrorist in Afghanistan. When her father's shoulder bag is searched, Parvana's captors find little of apparent value--a notebook, pens and a chewed-up copy of To Kill a Mockingbird. Parvana refuses to talk; her interrogator doesn't even know if she can speak. The interrogator reads aloud the words in her notebook to decide if the angry written sentiments of a teenage girl can be evidence of guilt. Parvana is stoic, her keen mind ever alert as she has to "stand and listen to her life being spouted back at her," a life in a land where warplanes are as "common as crows," where someone was always "tasting dirt, having their eardrums explode and seeing their world torn apart." The interrogation, the words of the notebook and the effective third-person narration combine for a thoroughly tense and engaging portrait of a girl and her country. This passionate volume stands on its own, though readers new to the series and to Ellis' overall body of work will want to read every one of her fine, important novels. Readers will learn much about the war in Afghanistan even as they cheer on this feisty protagonist. (author's note) (Fiction. 11 up)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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