Parvana's Journey

Parvana's Journey

Book - 2013
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The second book in the internationally-bestselling series that includes The Breadwinner, Mud City and My Name Is Parvana

A war is raging in Afghanistan as a coalition of Western forces tries to oust the Taliban by bombing the country. Parvana's father has died, and her mother, sister and brother have gone to a faraway wedding, not knowing what has happened to the father. Parvana doesn't know where they are. She just knows she has to find them.

She sets out alone, masquerading as a boy, her journey becoming more perilous as the bombs begin to fall. Making her way across the desolate Afghan countryside, she meets other children who are strays from the war. The children travel together because it is easier than being alone. And, as they forge their own family in the war zone that Afghanistan has become, their resilience, imagination and luck help them to survive.

A map, glossary and author's note provide young readers with background and context. Royalties from the sale of this book will go to Women for Women, an organization that supports health and education projects in Afghanistan.

Publisher: Toronto : GroundwoodBooks/House of Anansi, 2013, c2002
ISBN: 9780888995193
0888995199
Branch Call Number: J ELL
Characteristics: 199 p. :,map ;,19 cm

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Very well written book. Makes me think about all the kids out there and their bravery. Recommended by Chhaya.


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Gwen904
Jan 25, 2018

Why is our world so unfair?

Parvana has spent a lifetime of horror, fear, and war. Yet her bravery never seems to cease.

And we think *they* were the enemies. We, living in our idealistic North American world, fought in the very war that Parvana lived through. We destroyed the many innocent lives of the native Afghanistans. And yet we complain about trivial, petty things: "Why is my dishwasher not working? I hate having to wash dishes." "Why do I have to do that?" "My clothes are faded; now I have to buy new stuff." Hey, Parvana went through so much worse. Her father died of poor health. Her baby brother died of pneumonia. A little girl who was like a sister to her died from a mine field explosion. An old woman who was like a grandmother to her died from bomb dropped onto her home. Parvana was better than anyone I could hope to be. Would I have given up if I had experienced all the terrible things that happened to Parvana and the other Afghans? Maybe. Maybe not. The truth is, one day we might have to face the same dangers we hear about sitting on our comfy cozy couches watching TV.

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webrahimi
May 02, 2016

This book was one of my favourite reads growing up as a child. I would definitely recommend Deborah Ellis' work!

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suzannedunn
Mar 01, 2016

I can't believe there is only ONE copy of this book in the entire CPL system. It's unbelievable.
I need 6 copies for a small group at a CPS school and can't afford to keep buying books for my classes. Order more copies!

2blessed Mar 20, 2015

i have read the breadwinner (awesome book) but i havent read this one yet i cant wait to read it!!! :)

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ashfia7012
Mar 15, 2014

it is a good book but i thought the breadwinner is better

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rmarc
Aug 17, 2013

that book it a sad book but i like it you real never forget wha happend in the book if you read it and the outhor is my hero she wrote a lot off good book

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slowlyfairy4
Jan 10, 2013

this book was amazing but sad.i think you should read this inspiring book.it gives you a thought that u wish you could changs what is happening in afghanistan.the series corrupts you!!!! my teacher corrupted me!! deborah ellis deserves a award for these amazing books!!!!! she now is my favourite author ever!!!! i love her awesome books and these comments below me and very true!! hope u defently enjoy all of her amazing books!!!

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MICHAEL YOUNG
Dec 29, 2012

Very good book. You should also read "The Breadwinner".

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tay12345678910
Nov 02, 2012

this book is a really good book <3

jessy24 Aug 15, 2012

an eye-opener yes, but also gives you an involuntary sense of empathy. if only you could change the world you think.

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Jul 11, 2013

icyfire77 thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

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Dec 29, 2012

MICHAEL YOUNG thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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katybieber
Apr 04, 2011

This book is a great book! Wonderful! But on thr other hand SAD! Life in afganastan (spelling?) was sure hard! =(

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NicoleGunter
Jul 06, 2013

Violence: A guy gets his hand chopped off and stuff like that

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jessy24 Aug 15, 2012

she closed her eyes and imagined a cool, green valley, like the one her mother's family came from, only better and brighter than te way her mother had described it.

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