Groundwood Books

My Name Is Parvana

Written by Deborah Ellis

For kids 11 years old | Published August 08, 2012 | ISBN 9781554982998
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Middle East

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176 pages
Digital Format

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About this book

My Name Is Parvana

Breadwinner Series: Book 4

Deborah Ellis

The fourth book in the internationally bestselling series that includes The BreadwinnerParvana’s Journey and Mud City.

In this stunning sequel, Parvana, now fifteen, is found in a bombed-out school and held as a suspected terrorist by American troops in Afghanistan.

On a military base in post-Taliban Afghanistan, American authorities have just imprisoned a teenaged girl found in a bombed-out school. The army major thinks she may be a terrorist working with the Taliban. The girl does not respond to questions in any language and remains silent, even when she is threatened, harassed and mistreated over several days. The only clue to her identity is a tattered shoulder bag containing papers that refer to people named Shauzia, Nooria, Leila, Asif, Hassan — and Parvana.

In this long-awaited sequel, Parvana is now fifteen years old. As she waits for foreign military forces to determine her fate, she remembers the past four years of her life. Reunited with her mother and sisters, she has been living in a village where her mother has finally managed to open a school for girls. But even though the Taliban has been driven from the government, the country is still at war, and many continue to view the education and freedom of girls and women with suspicion and fear.

As her family settles into the routine of running the school, Parvana, a bit to her surprise, finds herself restless and bored. She even thinks of running away. But when local men threaten the school and her family, she must draw on every ounce of bravery and resilience she possesses to survive the disaster that kills her mother, destroys the school, and puts her own life in jeopardy. 

A riveting page-turner, Deborah Ellis’s final novel in the series is at once harrowing, inspiring and thought-provoking. And, yes, in the end, Parvana is reunited with her childhood friend, Shauzia.

The paperback edition includes a new cover and map, and an author’s note to provide background and context. Royalties from the sale of this book will go to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan. Parvana’s Fund supports education projects for Afghan women and children.

Awards and Praise
This passionate volume stands on its own, though readers new to the series and to Ellis' overall body of work will want to read every one of her fine, important novels. Readers will learn much about the war in Afghanistan even as they cheer on this feisty protagonist.
  • Commended USBBY Outstanding International Book List, 2013
  • Commended Bank Street College of Education's Book of the Month, 2013
  • Commended The Bankstreet College of Education's Best Books of the Year 2013, 2013
  • Short-listed IODE Violet Downey Book Award, 2013
  • Commended Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens List, 2013
  • Commended CCBC Choices, 2013
  • Short-listed Rocky Mountain Book Award, 2014
  • Commended An Indie Next List Selection, 2013
  • Short-listed Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, 2014