In The Breadwinner, Deborah Ellis creates a story to drawing in the reader, connecting us to the character while teaching about the culture of Afghanistan. Maps are provided to help visualize where the story is happening. Literature Circle questions, activities and a glossary at the back of the book are helpful when using this text in the classroom.
The story follows sixth grade Parvana and her family as they struggle to survive in war torn Afghanistan. After Father is taken away, how will the family survive? Parvana is forced to find ways to support her family, while hiding her identity as a young Afghan girl.
Reading Ability: Intermediate
Genre: Historical fiction, War
Themes: war, courage, determination
Who would love this book?
-girls looking for strong female characters
-those interested in current events
-fans of Deborah Ellis