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The Breadwinner: A Graphic Novel

A Graphic Novel

Original author Deborah Ellis • Other adaptation by Aircraft Pictures, Cartoon Saloon and Melusine • Other adaptation by Nora Twomey

For students in grades 5 - 9 | Published January 01, 2018 | ISBN 9781773061306
JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In

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80 pages | 10.06 in × 6.88 in
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The Breadwinner: A Graphic Novel

A Graphic Novel

Deborah Ellis • Aircraft Pictures, Cartoon Saloon and Melusine • Nora Twomey

Deborah Ellis’s bestselling novel The Breadwinner, now available as a stunningly illustrated graphic novel.

This beautiful graphic-novel adaptation of The Breadwinner animated film tells the story of eleven-year-old Parvana, who must disguise herself as a boy to support her family during the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan.

Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital city. Parvana’s father — a history teacher until his school was bombed and his health destroyed — works from a blanket on the ground in the marketplace, reading letters for people who cannot read or write. One day, he is arrested for having forbidden books, and the family is left without someone who can earn money or even shop for food.

As conditions for the family grow desperate, only one solution emerges. Forbidden to earn money as a girl, Parvana must transform herself into a boy, and become the breadwinner.

Readers will want to linger over this powerful graphic novel with its striking art and inspiring story.

Key Text Features
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historical note

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

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