Children/juvenile: Interest age, years 10 - 14, US school grade range 5 - 9, Reading age, years 10 - 14
*Middle East Book Award 2002, Winner
*Hackmatack Award 2003, Winner
*Rocky Mountain Book Award 2003, Short-listed
*Swedish Peter Pan Prize 2003, Winner
*Baia delle Favole Prize for ages 9-12 2003, Winner
*OLA Red Maple Award 2001, Long-listed
*OLA Golden Oak Award 2003, Long-listed
*SYRCA Diamond Willow Award 2003, Long-listed
*Young Jury Awards 2004, Long-listed
*Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Award 2003, Commended
*YALSA PPYA 2003, Commended
"All girls [should read] The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis." — Malala Yousafzai, New York Times
Over two million copies of The Breadwinner Trilogy sold worldwide
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 Breadwinner is a novel about loyalty, survival, families and friendship under extraordinary circumstances. A map, glossary and author's note provide young readers with background and context. All royalties from the sale of this book will go to Women for Women, an organization that supports health and education projects in Afghanistan.