The Breadwinner (Graphic Novel)


The Breadwinner (Graphic Novel)


The Breadwinner (Graphic Novel)

Based on the original book by Deborah Ellis
Adapted from the feature film directed by Nora Twomey

Publication Date: 01/02/2018
Themes: Middle Eastern Cultures, Afghanistan, Taliban, Women's Rights, Gender Roles
Age: 10-14 years old
Pages: 80 pages


This beautiful graphic-novel adaptation of The Breadwinner animated film, inspired by Deborah Ellis's beloved novel, tells the story of eleven-year-old Parvana, who must disguise herself as a boy to support her family during the Taliban's rule in Afghanistan.

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 having forbidden books, 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.

Readers will want to linger over this powerful graphic novel with its striking art and inspiring story.




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

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

"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

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