My Name Is Parvana Book Review


My Name Is Parvana by Deborah Ellis

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My Name Is Parvana – In 2001, Deborah Ellis introduced Parvana, heroine of The Breadwinner, a novel that grew to a trilogy and now continues with a fourth book. Her novels are about a young Afghan girl struggling to stay alive in war-torn Afghanistan and Pakistan, societies where people in power often turn their backs on the needs of women and children, the education system, and the possibility of a decent future for its citizens.

The Breadwinner, which has been translated into 25 languages, gives voice to innocent victims and earned Ellis international peace awards and a special standing in the literary world for her determination to find and convey stories not typically shared with children about their peers. Ellis, who has visited the places she writes about and feels determined to make a difference, has used more than a million dollars that she’s made to help children and families in crisis. She also regularly speaks on the topic. Ellis’s new book, My Name is Parvana, continues Parvana’s story as a teen. Along with her recent non-fiction collection, The Kids of Kabul, Ellis brings her readers current on life in a part of the world we know mostly through reports of war and terrorism. These and her other books, which are published by Groundwood, show the devastating impact politics and war can have on people living in the world’s most troubled places.

Ellis has made it her mission to help the kinds of people she writes about and to teach others what she’s learned in her work. Her books have been embraced by teachers, librarians, parents and children, and The Breadwinner series alone has sold more than two million copies. Ellis has donated the bulk of her royalties to those in need via Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan and Street Kids International.

The children in Ellis’s books, which also include Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak, are brave in the face of horrors others can barely imagine – homes invaded; families torn apart; children and their loved ones violated, maimed and at risk of being killed. Ellis has said, “For so many kids who lead a sheltered existence, they feel a degree of envy at reading about kids who, despite everything they have to do in order to survive, have the ability to come and go as they please and to live their lives with a certain degree of freedom; readers who live in violent situations can relate to what the characters in the books are going through.”

About the Author: Deborah Ellis, [] has published more than twenty books and is best known for her Breadwinner series. Ellis has won many awards for her work, including Canada’s Governor General’s Award, Sweden’s Peter Pan Prize, the Jane Addams Peace Association’s Children’s Book Award, and she has been named to the Order of Ontario.

We recently got a chance to read all three books by Deborah Ellis, the The Breadwinner Trilogy, Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely Through a Never-Ending War and the upcoming My Name Is Parvana. Each one of these books stands out and shows the lives of children who have gone trough so much and yet continue to hope, push forward and can’t wait to learn more. Definitely recommended read for both kids and grownups.

My Name Is Parvana is perfect for ages 11 and up, with 204 pages, costs $16.95  and it’s available from October 2012.

Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely Through a Never-Ending War is perfect for ages 12 and up, with 128 pages, costs $15.95.

The Breadwinner Trilogy is perfect for ages 10 and up, with 520 pages, costs $18.96.

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