Groundwood Books

The Breadwinner (movie tie-in edition)

Written by Deborah Ellis

For readers 10 - 14 years old | Published August 01, 2017 | ISBN 9781773060712
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Middle East

Cover of The Breadwinner (movie tie-in edition)

Regular price $9.95 CAD

160 pages | 8 in × 5.25 in
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About this book

The Breadwinner (movie tie-in edition)

Deborah Ellis

A special edition of The Breadwinner, the first book in Deborah Ellis’s riveting Breadwinner series, will be published in fall 2017 to coincide with the launch of the animated movie. It is an award-winning novel about loyalty, survival, families and friendship under extraordinary circumstances during the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan.

Eleven-year-old 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 the crime of having a foreign education, 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.

The book includes a map, author’s note and a glossary to provide young readers with background and context. An eight-page color insert features stills from the movie. All 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.

Excerpt

Parvana felt the shadow before she saw it, as the man moved between her and the sun. Turning her head, she saw the dark turban that was the uniform of the Taliban. A rifle was slung across his chest as casually as her father’s shoulder bag had been slung across hers.…

The Talib kept looking down at her. Then he put his hand inside his vest. Keeping his eyes on Parvana, he drew something out of his vest pocket.

Parvana was about to squish her eyes shut and wait to be shot when she saw that the Talib had taken out a letter.

He sat down beside her on the blanket.

“Read this,” he said.

About the Author

Deborah Ellis

DEBORAH ELLIS is the author of more than two dozen books, including The Breadwinner, which has been published in twenty-five languages and was recently adapted into a feature-length animated film and a graphic novel. She has won the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Middle East Book Award, the Peter Pan Prize, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award and the Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work. She has received the Ontario Library Association’s President’s Award for Exceptional Achievement, and she has been named to the Order of Canada. She has donated almost $2 million in royalties to organizations such as Women for Women in Afghanistan, UNICEF and Street Kids International.

Awards and Praise

Middle East Book Award
Sweden’s Peter Pan Prize
Hackmatack Award
Baia delle Favole Prize
Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Award
Rocky Mountain Book Award, finalist
YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

“A great kids’ book...a graphic geopolitical brief that’s also a girl-power parable.”—Newsweek

“...an exceptional story that enlightens the reader about circumstances beyond comprehension and helps students understand that all of us in this global community share the same hopes, dreams, and fears.”—Resource Links

“[The books in the Breadwinner series] are terrifying indictments of what war can bring to children and a powerful testament to the ingenuity and strength of young people in times of terror.”—Book Links

“...a book...about the hard times — and the courage — of Afghan children.”—Washington Post