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The Breadwinner

(2000)
(The first book in the Breadwinner series)
A novel by

 
 
Since the Taliban took over Afghanistan, 11-year-old Parvana has rarely been outdoors. Barred from attending school, shopping at the market, or even playing in the streets of Kabul, the heroine of Deborah Ellis's engrossing children's novel The Breadwinner is trapped inside her family's one-room home. That is, until the Taliban hauls away her father and Parvana realizes that it's up to her to become the "breadwinner" and disguise herself as a boy to support her mother, two sisters, and baby brother. Set in the early years of the Taliban regime, this topical novel for middle readers explores the harsh realities of life for girls and women in modern-day Afghanistan. A political activist whose first book for children, Looking for X, dealt with poverty in Toronto, Ellis based The Breadwinner on the true-life stories of women in Afghan refugee camps.

In the wily Parvana, Ellis creates a character to whom North American children will have no difficulty relating. The daughter of university-educated parents, Parvana is thoroughly westernized in her outlook and responses. A pint-sized version of Offred from Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, Parvana conceals her critique of the repressive Muslim state behind the veil of her chador. Although the dialogue is occasionally stilted and the ending disappointingly sketchy, The Breadwinner is essential reading for any child curious about ordinary Afghans. Like so many books and movies on the subject, it is also eerily prophetic. "Maybe someone should drop a big bomb on the country and start again," says a friend of Parvana's. "'They've tried that,' Parvana said, 'It only made things worse.'" (Ages 9 to 12) --Lisa Alward

Genre: Young Adult Fiction    Get it on Google Play

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Hardback Editions

May 2015 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Breadwinner (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 0-606-37232-6 / 978-0-606-37232-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback
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August 2009 : USA Library Binding

Title: The Breadwinner Trilogy
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 1-62765-978-1 / 978-1-62765-978-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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June 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Breadwinner
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 1-4395-0616-7 / 978-1-4395-0616-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-06-26
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January 2006 : USA Hardback

Title: The Breadwinner
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 0-307-25800-9 / 978-0-307-25800-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library
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August 2001 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Breadwinner (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 0-613-44488-4 / 978-0-613-44488-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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November 2001 : USA Turtleback
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Title: Breadwinner
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 0-606-27711-0 / 978-0-606-27711-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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October 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Breadwinner
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 0-7569-3917-8 / 978-0-7569-3917-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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September 2000 : Canada Hardback
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Title: The breadwinner
Author(s): D Ellis
ISBN: 0-88899-419-2 / 978-0-88899-419-6 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Groundwood
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Paperback Editions

August 2017 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Breadwinner (movie tie-in edition)
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 1-77306-071-6 / 978-1-77306-071-2 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Groundwood Books
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May 2015 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Breadwinner
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 1-55498-765-2 / 978-1-55498-765-8 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Groundwood Books
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March 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Breadwinner
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 0-19-273402-4 / 978-0-19-273402-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: OUP Oxford
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May 2013 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Breadwinner (Large Print 16pt)
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 1-4596-6483-3 / 978-1-4596-6483-8 (Canada edition)
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant
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June 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Rollercoasters: Breadwinner Reading Guide
Author(s): Jenny Roberts
ISBN: 0-19-832981-4 / 978-0-19-832981-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: OUP Oxford
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2000 : Paperback
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Title: Breadwinner
Author(s): Ellis, Deborah
ISBN: 8177669184 / 978-8177669183
Publisher: Mehta Publishing House
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August 2009 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Breadwinner Trilogy
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 0-88899-959-3 / 978-0-88899-959-7 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Groundwood Books
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March 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Breadwinner
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 0-19-275284-7 / 978-0-19-275284-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: OUP Oxford
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2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Breadwinner: An Afghan Child in a War Torn Land
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 0-439-44633-3 / 978-0-439-44633-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
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November 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Breadwinner (Starvation or survival - a girl's life under Taliban rule)
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 0-19-275211-1 / 978-0-19-275211-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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September 2000 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The breadwinner
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 0-88899-416-8 / 978-0-88899-416-5 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
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Audio Editions

November 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Breadwinner
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
Publisher: Listening Library
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November 2008 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Breadwinner
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
Publisher: Listening Library
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November 2008 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Breadwinner
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
Publisher: Listening Library
Availability: Amazon UK   


2002 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Breadwinner
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 0-7393-6688-2 / 978-0-7393-6688-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books On Tape
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August 2002 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Breadwinner
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 0-8072-0974-0 / 978-0-8072-0974-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library (Lib)
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July 2002 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Breadwinner
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 0-8072-0973-2 / 978-0-8072-0973-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library
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Kindle Editions

March 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Breadwinner
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Availability: Amazon UK   


August 2009 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Breadwinner Trilogy (Breadwinner Series)
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


September 2000 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Breadwinner (Breadwinner Series)
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA