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The Breadwinner: A Graphic Novel

A Graphic Novel

original author Deborah Ellis, other adaptation by Aircraft Pictures, Cartoon Saloon and Melusine & Nora Twomey

tagged: media tie-in, girls & women, middle east
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published: Jan 2018
pages: 80
ISBN:9781773061184
publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
Description

Deborah Ellis’s bestselling novel The Breadwinner, now available as a stunningly illustrated graphic novel.

This beautiful graphic-novel adaptation of The Breadwinner animated film tells the story of eleven-year-old Parvana, who must disguise herself as a boy to support her family during the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan in the late 1990s.

Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital city. 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 having forbidden books, and the family is left without someone who can earn money or even shop for food.

As conditions for the family grow desperate, only one solution emerges. Forbidden to earn money as a girl, Parvana must transform herself into a boy, and become the breadwinner.

Readers will want to linger over this powerful graphic novel with its striking art and inspiring story.

Key Text Features
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historical note

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

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.1
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.7
Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).

About the Authors

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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Aircraft Pictures, Cartoon Saloon and Melusine

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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Nora Twomey

NORA TWOMEY is co-founder and creative director of Cartoon Saloon, and was co-director of their Oscar® nominated animated feature The Secret of Kells and head of story on the follow-up film, the Oscar® nominated Song of the Sea. Nora is the director of The Breadwinner, an animated feature film adaptation of Deborah Ellis’s best-selling children’s novel.

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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
10 to 14
Grade:
5 to 9
Editorial Reviews

A great kids’ book … a graphic geopolitical brief that’s also a girl-power parable.

— Newsweek

… a book … about the hard times — and the courage — of Afghan children.

— Washington Post

[The books in the Breadwinner series] are terrifying indictments of what war can bring to children and a powerful testament to the ingenuity and strength of young people in times of terror.

— Book Links

… an exceptional story that enlightens the reader about circumstances beyond comprehension and helps students understand that all of us in this global community share the same hopes, dreams, and fears.

— Resource Links

All girls [should read] The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis.

— Malala Yousafzai, New York Times

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