It is Afghanistan, 1996. The Taliban have imposed extremely strict
rules on the women and children. There is no school for girls, and women
cannot hold jobs. When they are outside, women must wear burqas (full
length, tent like garments which cover them completely) and the girls must
wear chadors (head and shoulder covering). In the midst of all this lives a
young Afghan girl, Parvanna. Parvanna despises the Taliban and wishes that
they would just leave the people of her country alone. She has to do almost
all the outside work at her house, as her mother and older sister cannot
because of their burqas, and her younger siblings are not yet strong enough.
It is a tough life, and they are always on edge because the Taliban could
invade their house at any moment.
I thought that Deborah Ellis's book The Breadwinner is an excellent
tale. It is very true to life and kept me waiting to hear more. Deborah
Ellis did a very good job of collecting the interesting facts, and then
creating a touching story. It also teaches the reader about life in
Afghanistan. She has also written the sequel entitled, Parvanna's Journey,
another must read. I think The Breadwinner deserves four stars.