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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

Joint winner of the South Asia Book Award, longlisted for the Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award, selected for the IRA Notable Books for a Global Society List, the Bankstreet College of Education's Best Children’s Books of the Year 2013, the USBBY Outstanding International Book List, and the CCBC Choices List

Since its publication in 2000, hundreds of thousands of children all over the world have read and loved The Breadwinner. By reading the story of eleven-year-old Parvana and her struggles living under the terror of the Taliban, young readers came to know the plight of children in Afghanistan.

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. She interviewed children who spoke about their lives now. They are still living in a country torn apart by war. Violence and oppression still exist, particularly affecting the lives of girls, but the kids are weathering their lives with courage and optimism: "I was incredibly impressed by the sense of urgency these kids have — needing to get as much education and life experience and fun as they can, because they never know when the boom is going to be lowered on them again."

The two dozen or so children featured in the book range in age from ten to seventeen. Many are girls Deb met through projects funded by Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (www.cw4wafghan.ca), the organization that is supported by royalties from The Breadwinner Trilogy. Parvana’s Fund provides grants toward education projects for Afghan women and children, including schools, libraries and literacy programs.

All royalties from the sale of Kids of Kabul will also go to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan.

Awards and Praise
With a succinctly written opening for each interview, Ellis provides valuable historical, social, political and cultural context. A beautifully written introduction, thorough glossary and a list of organizations and books for additional information further round out the book. A must have for most libraries.
  • Long-listed Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award, 2013
  • Commended CCBC Choices, 2013
  • Joint winner South Asia Book Award, 2013
  • Commended The Bankstreet College of Education's Best Books of the Year 2013, 2013
  • Short-listed TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, 2013
  • Commended IRA Notable Books for a Global Society, 2013
  • Commended USBBY Outstanding International Book List, 2013
  • Winner Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction, 2013
  • Short-listed North Carolina Young Adult Book Award, 2014