- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Groundwood; Reprint edition (Oct. 1 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0888995199
- ISBN-13: 978-0888995193
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 18.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 g
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
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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
[The books in the Breadwinner trilogy] are terrifying indictments of what war can bring to children and a powerful testaments to the ingenuity and strength of young people in times of terror. (Book Links 2006-03-05)
Ellis, in focusing on the personal struggle of her young character, leaves readers with a lasting impression of another life and culture where, despite desperate hardship, compassion and courage can still prevail. (Quill & Quire 2002-12-01)
This sequel to The Breadwinner easily stands alone...An unforgettable read. (School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW 2002-12-01)
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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.
Parvana is a wonderful character: she is smart, brave and resourceful. She lives in a terrible place and time, but she never admits defeat. ALthough the things that Parvana goes through are horrible, her story is really one of hope. And gives real insight into the situation in Afghanistan, and what people have to face there. Very readable, very relevant -- I highly reccomend this book.
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