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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,040 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Deborah Ellis Narrator: Meera Simhan Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Breadwinner Series Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9780739385821
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That was where she needed to be, in a field of purple flowers, where no one could bother her. She would sit there until the confusion left her head and the stink of the camp left her nostrils.

Shauzia has a dream. She dreams of getting away from the refugee camp in Pakistan and travelling to France. There she knows she would find a better life, away from the war in her home country of Afghanistan...

But escape is not so easy. Once she leaves the camp, she has no money, no food–and only her dog Jasper for company. But Shauzia is determined to find a new future for herself...


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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gerardine | 2/8/2014

    " a great read for all but especially young girls "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rahmadiyanti | 2/8/2014

    " I felt a lil bit dissapointed about this book, cause I didn't find Parvana's life anymore. Yep, this book was about Shauzia, Parvana's friend. Hmm, but still interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary-beth | 2/3/2014

    " Not as good as the first two of this trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yekta | 2/2/2014

    " I like how the author writes a story about Shauzia Parvana's best friend. It was very good though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fluffy Munchkin | 1/31/2014

    " This is probably my favourite in the series not sure though "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emmalee | 1/23/2014

    " I love the book. it was a very good book. It really go's with all the other books. I also Read the Breadwinner and Parvana's Journey both Really sad. I cryed. I felt so bad for Parvana and now in Mud City I fell bad for Shauzia. Parvana and Shauzia are Alike in many way. there both tough and and very brave. I don't think I would every be as brave as them ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veronica | 1/19/2014

    " Mommy read this one to Ashlynn and I as well as the other 2 in the series.3rd in the trilogy by Deborah Ellis. Good. Sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/18/2014

    " This is such a good book!! It is also very sad but reminds me of how lucky I am to have everything I have. I would recommend this to anyone wanting a thoughtful story!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geraldine | 1/16/2014

    " Loved it da BOMB!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brianna | 12/31/2013

    " THW WHOLE TRILOGY IS JUST AMAZING "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 12/19/2013

    " This book was great! It had a few times where I just cried. If you are looking for a passionate and book about a determined child, read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 12/19/2013

    " all three of these books are part of the series. they are all very good books. well written about what is happening in afghanistan. read them in order to get all the books "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 B | 12/13/2013

    " this is another seek-well of the bread-winner this is about parvana's friend shazia. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 12/13/2013

    " Third book in Breadwinner trilogy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chiara | 11/25/2013

    " She has a real unique personality and i like this book because she goes through alot of experiences with Jasper her pet. All her experiences are got to do with terrorism in now days which takes you into the inside crime and secret agency world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hammad | 9/13/2013

    " I love all three books because once I read it I can't stop! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley Kinash | 9/2/2013

    " A worthwhile cultural read. Eye-opening. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 YeounJun Yoo | 4/30/2013

    " This book was very amusing, i always read this book for a pastime when I was bored "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marco | 3/11/2013

    " It was a great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith Holmes | 12/1/2012

    " also i seriously cry "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colin | 10/5/2012

    " Third book in the Deborah Ellis Breadwinner trilogy (see comments on the first two novels). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krista the Krazy Kataloguer | 9/2/2012

    " This was a disappointing third book in the series as compared to the first two (The Breadwinner and Parvana's Journey). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle/Cnca | 8/28/2012

    " This book was pretty good! This is the same book as Parvana just that it's called Mud City for some wierd reason. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 7/18/2012

    " Pretty good book , but I preferred Parvanna and Parvanna's journey. It was really annoying when she went on about going to france. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellianne | 6/28/2012

    " Another life changing book in the series. Reading about the conditions in Afghanistan leave me feeling frustrated. I appreciate Deborah Ellis' ability to show it how it is without sugar coating it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia | 3/22/2012

    " One of the two sequels to The Breadwinner, this book took us through Parvana's friend Shauzia's journey after leaving Kabul. It was a good read, though not quite as engaging as the original. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan | 2/29/2012

    " This book is soooooooooooooooo sad!!! It was, however, very intreuiging. I can not beleive what the people in Pakistan go through just to get food. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jbucher | 12/17/2011

    " This series of books is just so, so good. Now I am reading Under the Persimmon Tree by Suzanne Fisher Staples, which is in a similar vein, taking place in Afghanistan in 2001. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jasmin | 12/13/2011

    " this is a good book because it talks about how life is like for some people in Afghanistan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 11/24/2011

    " Good book about life as a refugee in Pakistan. Fun read and good for young kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen Conrad | 10/8/2011

    " See my comment under book 1 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellianne | 6/19/2011

    " Another life changing book in the series. Reading about the conditions in Afghanistan leave me feeling frustrated. I appreciate Deborah Ellis' ability to show it how it is without sugar coating it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mare | 5/27/2011

    " A Great Trilogy. Shazia is a great character. It was nice to see her grow from the Breadwinner. Of course the ending is open ended, as it should be. Shazia's struggles are believable, but sad. I definitely recommend this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 5/11/2011

    " Good book about life as a refugee in Pakistan. Fun read and good for young kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zora ??(Techni, the Art Goddess) | 8/5/2010

    " just the teeniest bit weaker than the other book, but that's not saying much because it's so amazing anyway. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 B | 7/18/2010

    " this is another seek-well of the bread-winner this is about parvana's friend shazia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lizzy | 2/14/2010

    " 3 book of the breadwinner trilogy "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan | 1/3/2010

    " This book is soooooooooooooooo sad!!! It was, however, very intreuiging. I can not beleive what the people in Pakistan go through just to get food. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessie | 10/18/2009

    " 5-stars, what more is there to say :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ŠµÑñ¥ | 10/10/2009

    " A really good story about a really poor girl who lived in Afghanistan and what she had to go through to survive and follow her dream to get to France... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 8/2/2009

    " all three of these books are part of the series. they are all very good books. well written about what is happening in afghanistan. read them in order to get all the books "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gerardine | 4/3/2009

    " a great read for all but especially young girls "

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About the Author
Author Deborah Ellis

Deborah Ellis has achieved international acclaim with her courageous and dramatic books that give Western readers a glimpse into the plight of children in developing countries. She has won the Governor General’s Award, Sweden’s Peter Pan Prize, the Ruth Schwartz Award, the University of California’s Middle East Book Award, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and the Vicky Metcalf Award. A long-time feminist and anti-war activist, she is best known for The Breadwinner Trilogy, which has been published around the world in seventeen languages, with more than a million dollars in royalties donated to Street Kids International and to Women for Women, an organization that supports health and education projects in Afghanistan. In 2006, she was named to the Order of Ontario.

About the Narrator

Meera Simhan is a film and stage actress who was born in England and raised in San Diego. Her first lead film role was as Linda Jones in Date Movie in 2006. Since then she has appeared in a number of films and television shows, including Iron Man, Law & Order, The Young and the Restless, and The Mentalist.