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Parvana's Journey Paperback – Oct 1 2002

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  • 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #219,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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[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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