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Kids of Kabul

Kids of Kabul

Living Bravely Through a Never-Ending War
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Joint winner of the South Asia Book Award, longlisted for the Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award, selected for the IRA Notable Books for a Global Society List, the Bankstreet College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year 2013, the USBBY Outstanding International Book List, and the CCBC Choices List

Since its publication in 2000, hundreds of thousands of children all over the world have read and loved The Breadwinner. By reading the story of eleven-year-old Parvana and her struggles living under the terror of the Taliban, young readers came to know the plight of children in Afghanistan.

But what has happened to Afghanistan's children since the fall of the Taliban in 2001? In 2011, Deborah Ellis went to Kabul to find out. She interviewed children who spoke about their lives now. They are still living in a country torn apart by war. Violence and oppression still exist, particularly affecting the lives of girls, but the kids are weathering their lives with courage and optimism: "I was incredibly impressed by the sense of urgency these kids have - needing to get as much education and life experience and fun as they can, because they never know when the boom is going to be lowered on them again."

The two dozen or so children featured in the book range in age from ten to seventeen. Many are girls Deb met through projects funded by Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (, the organization that is supported by royalties from The Breadwinner Trilogy. Parvana's Fund provides grants toward education projects for Afghan women and children, including schools, libraries and literacy programs.

All royalties from the sale of Kids of Kabul will also go to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan.

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Hardback Editions

April 2012 : Canada Hardback
Title: Kids of Kabul
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 1-55498-181-6 / 978-1-55498-181-6 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Groundwood Books
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Kindle Editions

May 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely Through a Never-ending War
Author(s): Deborah Ellis
Publisher: Groundwood Books
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