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Kids of Kabul

Living Bravely through a Never-ending War

Written by Deborah Ellis

For students in grades 7 | Published May 01, 2012 | ISBN 9781554982035
JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / Middle East

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Regular price $9.95 CAD

128 pages
Digital Format

About this book

Kids of Kabul

Living Bravely through a Never-ending War

Deborah Ellis

Since its publication in 2000, hundreds of thousands of children all over the world have read and loved The Breadwinner, the fictional story of eleven-year-old Parvana living in Kabul under the terror of the Taliban. But what has happened to Afghanistan’s children since the fall of the Taliban in 2001? In 2011, Deborah Ellis went to Kabul to find out.

The twenty-six boys and girls featured in this book range in age from ten to seventeen, and they speak candidly about their lives now. They are still living in a country at war. Violence and oppression exist all around them. The situation for girls has improved, but it is still difficult and dangerous. And many children — boys and girls — are still supporting their families by selling items like pencils and matches on the street.

Yet these kids are weathering their lives with remarkable courage and hope, getting as much education and life experience and fun as they can.

All royalties from the sale of Kids of Kabul will go to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (, which administers Parvana’s Fund, supporting schools, libraries and literacy programs for Afghan women and children.

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

Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.

Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.

Compare and contrast one author's presentation of events with that of another (e.g., a memoir written by and a biography on the same person).

Awards and Praise
This nuanced portrayal of adolescence in a struggling nation refrains, refreshingly, from wallowing in tragedy tourism and overwrought handwringing.
  • Short-listed North Carolina Young Adult Book Award, 2014
  • Long-listed Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award, 2013
  • Short-listed TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, 2013
  • Commended USBBY Outstanding International Book, 2013
  • Short-listed TD Canadian Children‚Äôs Literature Award, 2013
  • Commended USBBY Outstanding International Book List, 2013
  • Winner Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction, 2013
  • Commended CCBC Choice Book, 2013
  • Commended Bank Street College of Education Best Children‚Äôs Book of the Year, 2013
  • Commended CCBC Choices, 2013