The Breadwinner Graphic Novel
The Breadwinner Graphic Novel

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Annotation: Because the Taliban rulers of Kabul, Afghanistan, impose strict limitations on women's freedom and behavior, eleven-year-old Parvana must disguise herself as a boy so that her family can survive after her father's arrest.
Catalog Number: #150023
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 77 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-7730-6118-6 Perma-Bound: 0-605-99502-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-7730-6118-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-99502-4
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
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Adapted from the animated film of the same name (itself adapted from Deborah Ellis' 2000 novel), this slim graphic novel packs quite a punch. It's May 2001, in Afghanistan, and Parvana spends her days accompanying her father to the market, even though restrictive laws forbid women from being outside. All that changes when her father is arrested, leaving Parvana stuck at home with her mother, older sister, and baby brother. In a desperate gambit to take care of her family, Parvana dresses as a boy, and with newfound, albeit limited, freedom, she takes on odd jobs and tries to find a way to free her father from prison. The artwork, composed of stills from the animated film, makes beautiful work of the rocky desert setting, and scenes of Parvana's family are weighty with expressive emotion. Parvana's story is a heartbreaking one, but the resilience of the characters is moving, and a note about the slowly improving current state of affairs in Afghanistan, particularly concerning the education of girls, ends the story with a glimmer of hope.
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Word Count: 3,252
Reading Level: 2.5
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.5 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 193578 / grade: Middle Grades
Lexile: GN510L

This beautiful graphic-novel adaptation of The Breadwinner animated film 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.

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