In this powerful and realistic tale, 11-year-old Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan's capital city during the Taliban rule. Parvana's father - a history teacher until his school was bombed and his health destroyed - works from a blanket on the ground in the marketplace, reading letters for people who cannot read or write. One day he is arrested for the crime of having a foreign education, and the family is left without someone who can earn money or even shop for food. As conditions in the family grow desperate, only one solution emerges.
Forbidden by the Taliban government to earn money as a girl, Parvana must transform herself into a boy and become the breadwinner.
©2001 Deborah Ellis; (P)2008 Listening Library
I needed to read this for my Global History class and then tie it in with a study of modern Afghanistan. Being able to listen to the book while reading it helped me to understand all the different points being made.
My 12 year old daughter chose this book and I would recommend to to adults and children alike.
The vocals were excellent. Great differentiation between characters, clear and concise annunciation.
Yes, myself & my two daughters 12 & 10 listened while commuting 50 minutes to school and it made the drive seem like five minutes long and we all were eager to resume after school. This could have easily been listened to in one sitting.
This is a good book we had to read for school. The reader's British accent took me a while to get used to, but, it was a good audio book.
I am a middle school reading teacher who loves to show students the wonder and joy of reading.
Great story and well done in the audio version. Liked by adults and children alike.
I enjoyed listening to this with my daughter - it allowed us the opportunity to learn about another country together and discuss our similarities (pesky siblings!) and differences (too many to list).
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