Imagine living in a country in which women and girls are not
allowed to leave the house without a man. Imagine having to wear clothes that
cover every part of your body, including your face, whenever you go out.
In this powerful and realistic tale, eleven-year-old Parvana
lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul,
Afghanistan’s capital city during the Taliban rule. 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 the crime of having a foreign
education, and the family is left without someone who can earn money or even
shop for food. As conditions in the family grow desperate, only one solution
emerges. Forbidden by the Taliban government to earn money as a girl, Parvana
must transform herself into a boy and become the breadwinner.
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