Parvana's Journey

by Deborah Ellis

Paperback, 2009



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Groundwood Books (2009), Edition: Reprint, 199 pages


After her father's death, Parvana, now thirteen-years-old, continues to search for her mother in war-torn Afghanistan, joining with two younger children who are also struggling to survive.


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199 p.; 5 x 0.5 inches


0888995199 / 9780888995193



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LibraryThing member mathqueen
This book is the sequel to The Breadwinner, the story of Parvana’s struggle for survival in war-ravaged Afghanistan. After reading the first book, I had to continue reading Parvana’s story. She proved herself as a valued member of her family, not just because she was born into this particular family. She was willing to do whatever she had to in order to ensure the survival of the female members of her family in the absence of her father. In this book, she branches out and becomes a strong member of the war-torn country as she tries to find her family and becomes responsible for the survival of other children as well. Where the first book draws the reader’s focus to the plight of women related to the Taliban, this story focuses on the impact the war has on children. At one point in time, Leila, one of the younger children asks Parvana what the soldiers do with all the dead children. It is a reality of war that most adults try to avoid. When the young adult reader begins this book, he will be introduced to the perils of war related to children in a way that increases awareness, concern and empathy for their peers on the other side of the globe.
Library Implications: This book makes a strong addition to a young person’s book collection. It brings students to a reality they have been completely unaware of in the past. While reading this book, students could do further research into the plight of the young child in Afghanistan. They could also investigate organizations established to ease the suffering of children affected by the Taliban and war effort. Students may even be compelled to create a project or event that raises contributions for that organization.
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LibraryThing member pmacsmith
This continues the amazing story of Parvana, living under Taliban rule. I have enjoyed reading this series and getting a glimpse into this foreign world.
LibraryThing member minhquach
This is a book I have read last year, during term 1-2 in year 8. It was a great book, while reading it; I realized it was based on a true story, which actually taught me a lot throughout the process of reading it. It's a book that a lot of people can relate to, it's based on a girl pretending to be a boy to fit in and support her family. Since in Afghanistan woman weren’t allowed outside the street without a man with them and her father was in prison. Like most of us nowadays, we would do anything to fit in the crowd. I really had fun reading it, when I read one page I can’t stop but keep reading on and on until I finish the book. The book actually makes you feel like you’re at the scene. I would recommend this book for teenagers to adults, because the language used in it was quite difficult, for example it had some Afghanistan words. Some younger audience would have got confused. The only part I disliked in the book was when Parvana’s dad got token away by Afghanistan’s solders for having an education in England, I just didn’t get why they would do that. But overall, I loved the book and had a great and wonderful time reading it, it killed a lot of spare time that I had. I would rate it a 4.5 out of 5 since I basically liked the whole book.… (more)
LibraryThing member okalrelsrv
A powerful introduction to the horror of war without leaving the reader too shocked to feel anything more. A beautiful story of very realistic, imperfect but endearing children in circumstances no child should ever have to suffer. I recommend it for adults and young readers.
LibraryThing member srssrs
This is the second book in a trilogy by Deborah Ellis, that follows the issues of women and children in war torn Afghanistan. She does a great job of instantly pulling in the reader to a fast paced plot with dynamic characters. Parvana is the hope for many in this story, and never loses hope of finding her family herself. This story is engaging, but at times very sad. However, Ellis does a fantastic job of bringing the issues of Afghanistan to young adult literature. With the purchase of any of her books, Ellis is donating a portion of the book price to Women for Women, an organization that supports Afghan women.… (more)
LibraryThing member debnance
Parvana is a girl in midst of a terrible war in Afghanistan. Her father has just died and she desperately wants to find her mother and siblings. She disguises herself as a boy in order to travel without great difficulty in her country. Everywhere there are enormous obstacles. She cannot find food. She cannot find clean water. She must travel across mine fields. She runs across a baby and a one-legged boy and a little girl who all travel with her, who all add to her burden of finding food and water and a safe place to pass the night.

It’s a beautiful story of great struggle, told from the point of view of a child, who sees all the miseries of war and bravely asks why and dares to seek a life without the ongoing ugliness of war.

It is Parvana’s memory of her friend who set off to find the purple fields of France that inspires her to go on, even after encountering the wailing woman, even after seeing the baby come close to death, even after trying to push the irritating one-legged boy on, even after walking for days with no food and no water.

This is a book I can see myself telling everyone I know that they must read.

A 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up.
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LibraryThing member asf_haider14
This book has been written by Deborah Ellis not sure which year but I think in 2003. It tells us a lot about the war in Afghanistan. It displays the journey of a young girl traveling around the countryside! Has been specifically written from the perspective of a young girl. It shows friendship and love. In this story the house of the young girl was bombed and she travelled throughout the countryside to seek refuge till she reached the borders with the other refugees!… (more)
LibraryThing member Elliepoole
This was an amazing book! It was fantastic to read and was really easy to get through,because I didn't want to put it down!!
LibraryThing member achamb15
The story broke my heart but was a great read. The message was my favorite part of the book. The lesson was to appreciate what you have and help others. As I was reading this book it really opened my eyes to how many struggling children are out there and made me appreciate my up bringing. The author constructed wonderful characters, such as Parvana and Leila, who showed bravery and persistence throughout the novel.… (more)
LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
In this moving sequel to The Breadwinner, young Parvana sets out to find her mother and sisters, who disappeared shortly after the Taliban invaded the city where they were attending a family wedding. Disguised as a boy, she travels across the deeply scarred landscape of Afghanistan, enduring unimaginable hardship and sorrows. Forced to bury her father, she soon collects a menagerie of abandoned children around her, from infant Hassan to the injured Asif. But where can Parvana lead her new and very vulnerable family, and how can she - a twelve years old girl - ensure their safety in a country gripped by terrible violence?

A powerful story of children caught up in the madness of war, Parvana's Journey is based - like all of the books in Deborah Ellis's Breadwinner Trilogy - upon the author's experiences working at a camp for Afghani refugees. Here are moments of almost unbearable heart-ache, as when Parvana loses her father, imprisoned in The Breadwinner for the crime of having an education, and only just restored to the family. But here too are moments of hope, however brief, moments when the human spirit asserts itself. Parvana's courage, her determination to help the other children, will inspire and humble readers who have never had to confront the horrors described.
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LibraryThing member ferrisscottr
Read this with my daughter.
She absolutely loved it.
I thought it was depressing as hell.
It really was written very well - gives you a look into what it's like trying to live and grow up in a country that's been in a constant state of war for the past 30 years.




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