The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner Cover

The Breadwinner

By Deborah Ellis

Groundwood Books, Paperback, 9780888994165, 170pp.

Publication Date: October 25, 2001

"All girls should read] "The Breadwinner" by Deborah Ellis." Malala Yousafzai, "New York Times"
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.

About the Author
Deborah Ellis is the award-winning author of the international bestseller, the "Breadwinner" series. She lives in Simcoe, Ontario.