The Breadwinner

  • by Deborah Ellis
  • Narrated by Rita Wolf
  • 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Imagine living in a country in which women and girls are not allowed to leave the house without a man. Imagine having to wear clothes that cover every part of your body, including your face, whenever you go out.In this powerful and realistic tale, 11-year-old Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan's capital city during the Taliban rule. 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 the crime of having a foreign education, and the family is left without someone who can earn money or even shop for food. As conditions in the family grow desperate, only one solution emerges. Forbidden by the Taliban government to earn money as a girl, Parvana must transform herself into a boy and become the breadwinner.


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Great story and well done in the audio version. Liked by adults and children alike.
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- Sara "I am a middle school reading teacher who loves to show students the wonder and joy of reading."

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I needed to read this for my Global History class and then tie it in with a study of modern Afghanistan. Being able to listen to the book while reading it helped me to understand all the different points being made.

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- Gary

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-20-2008
  • Publisher: Listening Library