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Parvana’s Journey

by Deborah Ellis

tagged: middle east, girls & women, self-esteem & self-reliance
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pages: 176
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publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
Description

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

In 2001, 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 — an infant boy in a bombed-out village, a nine-year-old girl who believes she has magical powers over land mines, and a boy with one leg who is so obnoxious that Parvana can hardly stand him. 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.

The reissue includes a new cover and map, an updated author’s note and a glossary to provide young readers with background and context. All royalties from the sale of this book will go to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan. Parvana’s Fund supports education projects for Afghan women and children.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.2
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.3
Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.9
Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.

 

About the Author

Deborah Ellis

Deborah Ellis, connue pour sa série de livres à succès Parvana : Une enfance en Afghanistan, a donné plus de un million de dollars en royautés à l'organisme Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan et Street Kids International. Elle est lauréate de plusieurs prix, dont le Prix littéraire du Gouverneur général et le prix Ruth Schwartz. Deborah vit à Simcoe, en Ontario.

DEBORAH ELLIS is an anti-war and women's rights activist who works as a mental health counselor at Margaret Frazer House in Toronto. She has published a novel for children, Looking For X.
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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
10 to 14
Grade:
5 to 9
Awards
  • Long-listed, Garden State Teen Book AWards (NJLA)
  • Winner, Red Cedar Book Award
  • Long-listed, Tiny Torgi Audio
  • Long-listed, OLA Red Maple Award
  • Commended, Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award
  • Winner, OLA Golden Oak Award
  • Winner, Jane Addams Children's Book Award
  • Commended, YALSA BBYA
  • Commended, CLA Book of the Year for Children Award (Honour Book)
  • Winner, Ruth Schwartz Award
  • Long-listed, Governor General's Literary Award: Text
  • Commended, Amazon.ca Top Ten

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