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Parvana's Journey [Paperback]

Deborah Ellis
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Oct. 1 2002 Breadwinner Series

Winner of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award

A war is raging in Afghanistan as a coalition of Western forces tries to oust the Taliban by bombing the country. Parvana's father has died, and her mother, sister and brother have gone to a faraway wedding, not knowing what has happened to the father. Parvana doesn't know where they are. She just knows she has to find them.

She sets out alone, masquerading as a boy, her journey becoming more perilous as the bombs begin to fall. Making her way across the desolate Afghan countryside, she meets other children who are strays from the war. The children travel together because it is easier than being alone. And, as they forge their own family in the war zone that Afghanistan has become, their resilience, imagination and luck help them to survive.

A map, glossary and author's note provide young readers with background and context. Royalties from the sale of this book will go to Women for Women, an organization that supports health and education projects in Afghanistan.


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Parvana's Journey continues the story begun in The Breadwinner, Deborah Ellis's phenomenally successful children's novel set in Afghanistan. Parvana, who disguised herself as a boy to feed her family in The Breadwinner, is now 13. She and her ailing father have been searching the war-torn Afghan countryside for her mother and three siblings, with whom they lost contact after the northern city of Mazar fell to the ruling Taliban. As this gripping sequel opens, Parvana's father has suddenly died and she is completely on her own for the first time. She can't even trust the kindness of strangers for fear that they will discover the secret of her gender.

Intended for mature middle readers, Parvana's Journey describes a courageous girl's efforts, in the face of bombs, land mines, and near starvation, to reunite with her remaining family members. On her long and frighteningly aimless walk across Afghanistan, Parvana picks up several strays--a baby left behind in a village raid, a one-legged boy hiding out in a cave, and Leila, the eccentric nature child whose innocent faith results in the novel's most tragic and disturbing moments. Parvana's evolving love for this substitute family forms the heart of a eloquently written and poignant tale about the children of war. Rich with literary allusions and deft characterization, Parvana's Journey is an even more accomplished novel than The Breadwinner, combining the emotional intensity of Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl with flashes of dark humour worthy of Margaret Atwood. --Lisa Alward

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Sequel to The Breadwinner, Parvana's Journey by Deborah Ellis follows the eponymous 12-year-old girl who, disguised as a boy, sets off from Kabul in search of her missing mother and siblings in Taliban-era Afghanistan. When war breaks out, she bands together with other displaced children. Royalties from the sale of the book go to Women for Women, a relief organization benefiting women in Afghanistan. Ages 10-14.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Strong but dark Aug. 14 2003
Format:Paperback
Although I found Parvana's Journey as strong and well written as The Breadwinner, I was left feeling wrung out and emmotionally exhausted by the end of the sequal. Parvana is beset with the most debilitating experiences from the first page to the last. While her experiences in the Breadwinner were harrowing, difficult and sometimes demeaning, there existed in the first book a sense of hope for change and a belief in the deligence of the characters to bring about better conditions for themselves. These qualities are lacking in the second book. Although I understand the importance of presenting realistic situations in junior fiction and that attention to this part of the world is necessary, I felt the tone of the second book was overall depressing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars enthralling May 1 2014
By Zaitoon
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Captivated me completely. I loved the characters and they were brought to life beautifully. I wish it had continued on after finding her mother or perhaps there is going to be a sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it. new June 27 2013
By saron
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I couldn't have been any more happier. the book was new when it arrived. the delivery took some time but It was we worth the wait
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Dec 15 2004
Format:Hardcover
The book Parvana's Journey is a pretty good book.It is a little
vilont and very sad. Lots of people die or suffer. There are
some funny parts and some exiting parts.Very few are happy.There is alot of redemtion.
The book is about Parvana and her journey. She walks around trying to find her family. The seting of the book is Afghanistan. She is dressd like a boy.
She meets lots of people. She meets a baby whose town was bombed and his mother was killed. Parvana names him Hassan.
She also meets a boy who lives in a cave.He had no leg. His named is Asif.
Parvana meets a girl named Leila.She lives with her grandmother .They live close to mine fields.
I would recamend this book to people who like sad books.It is very interesting and you can learn alot about people who live in Afghanistan.
This is a pretty good book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars parvana's journey Dec 14 2004
Format:Hardcover
It all started one day when parvana's dad died .Some people told parvana you could live with us.So she went. After a few days she left . She found a baby in a house. She called him Hassen.After she found a boy. His name was Asif. After she met a girl named leila.she has a grandmother.But she died.Asif does not like parvana.Hassen always cries.Leila even cries because she misses her grandmother. This book is a very good book.I really liked this book because it has a lot of tragic parts in it with some funny moments. I really liked the adventure and the stuff that the children went through. I was especially interested that the setting was Afghanistan.I liked it also because the cover looks cool.And i like it because it is telling about my country.
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