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Breadwinner, The
Author: Deborah, Ellis

Realistic fiction

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Under the Taliban in Afghanistan, the daily lives of females were severely curtailed. A woman or a girl could not leave the family home without the escort of a male member of the household, or written permission from the male head of the household. When in public, females were required to be clothed from head to food in an enveloping burka, a tent-like garment that concealed the female form utterly. School for girls was forbidden. Parvana’s family is in difficult enough circumstances before their university-educated father is arrested, but now there is no male to escort the women and girls on their errands to the market for food and services. Parvana, who is young enough to pass as a boy, takes her father’s place as escort, and assumes his role as “reader” at his station in the market. It is Parvana’s skill and courage that helps carry her family through an arduous period. The sequels to this story are Parvana’s Journey and Mud City.
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