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4.29 out of 54.29 out of 54.29 out of 54.29 out of 54.29 out of 5 4.29 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Deborah Ellis Narrator: Rita Wolf Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kellianne | 6/19/2011

    " This book is moving and life changing. I felt priviledged to read it with my 6th graders. It touched each and every one of them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Hilary | 6/12/2011

    " The story sort of goes nowhere at the end, and the characters are more stock/caricatures than real people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chloe | 6/7/2011

    " I thought it was good in the sense of showing us how the lives really are like but personally i wouldnt read it again because I just didnt like it:/ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Esther | 5/29/2011

    " Read this aloud to one of my English classes. Amazing and painful how close some of Parvana's experiences mirror memories from this part of the world. "

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