The Breadwinner (Ellis)

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 250 ratings

The Breadwinner Publisher's Summary

Imagine living in a country in which women and girls are not allowed to leave the house without a man. Imagine having to wear clothes that cover every part of your body, including your face, whenever you go out.

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
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  • Book 1

    • The Breadwinner

    • By: Deborah Ellis
    • Narrated by: Rita Wolf
    • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 177
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 140

    Eleven-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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Exceptional Listen!

    • By Sherry on 09-21-11

    Regular price: $14.60

  • Book 2

    • Parvana's Journey

    • By: Deborah Ellis
    • Narrated by: Meera Simhan
    • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    The Taliban still control Afghanistan, but Kabul is in ruins. Parvana's father has just died, and her mother, sister, and brother could be anywhere in the country. Parvana knows she must find them. Despite her youth, Parvana sets out alone, masquerading as a boy. She soon meets other children who are victims of war - an infant boy in a bombed-out village, a nine-year-old girl who thinks she has magic powers over landmines, and a boy with one leg.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Easy reading

    • By Margo on 11-12-12

    Regular price: $15.93

  • Book 3

    • Mud City

    • By: Deborah Ellis
    • Narrated by: Meera Simhan
    • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    Fourteen-year-old Shauzia dreams of seeing the ocean and eventually making a new life in France, but it is hard to reconcile that dream with the terrible conditions of the Afghan refugee camp where she lives. Making things worse is the camp's leader, Mrs. Weera, whose demands on Shauzia make her need to escape all the more urgent.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent story

    • By RGSommer on 10-05-16

    Regular price: $15.93