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Sunday, 27 October 2013

Children's Week: Review: The Breadwinner

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I thought that The Breadwinner was the most outstanding, amazing, intriguing book I’ve ever read!
I loved every single part of it and I finished it in about 4 days because once I picked it up I could not put it down!

Once I had finished it I basically missed it!

I loved the fact that it explained what had happened to Afghanistan, and that The Taliban was in charge and the rules that he had made about women wearing burqas and that if women had to leave their house they had to use their husband, son or any man as an escort.

A little bit about this book
The author of the book is Deborah Ellis.

The main characters are: Parvana, Parvana’s Father, and Parvana’s mother, Nooria, Ali, Mariam, Mrs. Weera and Shauzia.

They all live in a small room with only a bathroom and a small kind of couch.

Parvana’s Father works as a letter reader in Afghanistan because he is one of the few people that got a good English education.

Parvana’s Mother (like all women) has been forced to resign from work since the Taliban became prime Minister.      

Parvana and Nooria have been banned from going to school by The Taliban.

That is just the main outline of the story so you’ll have to read it to find out more!

I really, really enjoyed this book and I encourage every other person in the world to read it!

I rate this book - Five out of Five!!!

- This review by Claire TInkler, a member of the St Mary's Catholic Primary School Kalgoorlie Book Club.

KBR Note: The Breadwinner was published in Australia by Allen & Unwin with the title Parvana.

Title:  The Breadwinner
Author: Deborah Ellis
Publisher: Groundwood Books, $15.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 Octrober 2001
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780888994165
For ages: 10+
Type: Middle Fiction


  1. I loved the details in your review, Claire--really well done. Thank you so much for being part of our special week on KBR!

  2. Isn't it wonderful when you read a book that is so good that you are a little bit sad when it finishes? Thank you for sharing this great review, Claire.


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