The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner

Downloadable Audiobook - 2008
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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, eleven-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.
Publisher: New York : Listening Library, 2008
ISBN: 9780739366899
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eAudiobook
Additional Contributors: Wolf, Rita
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Feb 12, 2019

This is a deep and very touching book. Everybody should read it - maybe especially young people to see the world from a different angle.

Jul 05, 2018

Disc 2 of 3 (ending in 4072) is horribly scratched.

Jun 21, 2017

This story affirms my sense that children are often stronger, braver and more resilient than the adults in their lives. Perhaps it is because she hasn't lived long enough to be lose faith, and hope is the gift of the young. Regardless, this story introduced me to a world I did not know, which the best reason to read. Thumbs up for more stories featuring young heroines.

Jul 17, 2015

Awesome reading but I think the narrator should have some excitement compared to meera simhan, narrator of parvava's journey. My sister is 5 and she always begs me to turn it on.

May 11, 2013

This book is amazing, Although it is sad and very touching but it draws attention to the suffering of those who are under such an abusive rule. We are so blessed to live in such a freedom, this book made me appreciate it more and more and not take things for granted.What a brave girl and a woman.


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