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Parvana's Journey (The Breadwinner #2)

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,293 Ratings  ·  361 Reviews
In Parvana’s Journey, the Taliban still control Afghanistan, but Kabul is in ruins. Parvana’s father has just died, and her mother, sister, and brother could be anywhere in the country. Parvana knows she must find them. Despite her youth, Parvana sets out alone, masquerading as a boy. She soon meets other children who are victims of war; an infant boy in a bombed-out villa ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published October 2002 by Allen & Unwin (first published July 23rd 2002)
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Joseline Mazariegos well she dosnt die in the book but evetually she will die
Ali A war is raging in Afghanistan as a coalition of Western forces tries to oust the Taliban by bombing the country.So i think it took place after 9.11.

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Anastasia シ
Oct 23, 2011 Anastasia シ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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i enjoyed this story, though at most points it was really sad. these three children had to live off the streets and had to be careful of the land mines placed everywhere
Laura
Mar 02, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading this book off-and-on since school began. Sometimes I'm just not able to take the casual brutality being related. "Parvana's Journey" clearly illustrates the indifference of war.

I read "The Breadwinner" a few years ago because I was looking for something for my preAP students to read. I want them to learn more about what life is like outside of the United States; I want them to learn that life in the US is so easy so we ought not take it for granted.

Then I was told that parents
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Inoli
This is a continuation of The Breadwinner and the comments I made on that book apply equally to this book. The break in the story was well placed but I feel they both must be read as a single story. I think too much is left out if only one is read.

The author leaves the reader with a very pleasant occurrence in the middle of unpleasant things as she brings this part of the story to a close. I was still left with the feeling of a cliffhanger at the end but I know I may have to wait a long time for
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Hunterh
this is a good book to read if you want to know about the war in Afghanistan
Alejandro Rodriguez
Jan 15, 2011 Alejandro Rodriguez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I choose this book because I read the first part of this book last year in my Language arts class. I want to know what it happened in the second part of this book so I start reading it. I think it’s really interesting read the second part. If is a third part I want to read it.
This is really book because it shows what families do to be together. This shows me that they are teenage kids working hard to get food for their families. Parvana it’s looking for her mother and sisters. This really happ
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Morgan
Nov 07, 2012 Morgan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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After reading The Breadwinner and loving it, I simply knew I had to read the sequel, Parvana's Journey. At the beginning of this second book, we learn that Parvana's father died on their restless journey to find Parvana's mother and sisters. Parvana, disguised as a boy, is left alone to travel across war torn Afghanistan in search of her family. Along the way, Parvana encounters Hassan, a newborn baby, Asif, a one-legged selfish boy, and Leila, a caring young girl who thinks she has special powe ...more
Amalie
Jan 05, 2013 Amalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book by chance and I loved it! It's the second book of a trilogy: "The Breadwinner," "Parvana's Journey," and "Three Cups of Tea" about children in war torn Afghanistan.

In this novel Parvana, her father has died and the family has scattered. Parvana is now 13 years old and she is determined to find her mother and siblings. She has disguised herself as a boy and travels alone, a dangerous thing to do because being a 13-year old it has begun to be more and more difficult to hide woma
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Madeline
My professor shouldn't have made my class read three refugee books in a row. If I'd been in charge of the syllabus, they'd be a little more spread out - read a book about refugees one week, then a book about gay teens, then a Holocaust one, repeat as necessary. But no. We're doing them all in a row, which will make my next comment delightfully horrible, especially out of context. I'm getting so tired of hearing about refugees. Parvana's Journey wasn't even anything new. The Taliban are evil, Ame ...more
Jeff Thomson
Apr 30, 2013 Jeff Thomson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Parvana's Journey by, Deborah Ellis is a continuation of the parvana's trials. Parvana goes on a journey looking for her family and picks up a few friends along the way. Following Parvana through the barren landscape of the Taliban infested deserts of Afghanistan is almost to much to bear. This sequel makes hope look grim. The reader has no choice but to feel the pain that plagues Parvana.

I personally thought that this novel was a great sequal. I enjoyed reading this book and it did not take ver
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Nora Wilcox
Jun 04, 2015 Nora Wilcox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To call this book sad, scary, or hopeful feels right. This feels right, because Parvana the main character, goes through sad and scary events, such a when there was bombing near her house, but she still will keep her hope by singing out loud to herself. I like this confidence that Parvana has, it really makes me hope too, because even though they where starving she had strong hope. I couldn't relate to this book, but the words did make a clear picture in my mind. Also, the book made me cry at ti ...more
Bronte Wright
Apr 01, 2016 Bronte Wright rated it it was ok
Again this book disappointed me as much as the first book did. I don't like the writing style, the characters or the way the story doesn't flow. I'm glad that it's short so my pain only lasts a day or so. Although his book is very meaningful I just didn't like it.
L-Angelica Herrera-Vest
Parvana's Journey is a great book that tells us about the suffering children endure when there is war. The story takes place in Afghanistan, during the war with the Taliban. Parvana loses contact with her family and on her journey to find them she encounters several other orphan children and they form a family. The descriptions of the conditions the children find themselves in are very detailed and graphic. It is heartbreaking to learn about these conditions that children face in their lives. Th ...more
Ahnaf
Sep 21, 2011 Ahnaf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"WOW" that is all I have to say about this book. It kills all the hatred in me and brings out the caring part of me. The story is so touching because of the word choices also the ideas and explanation of the scenes sounds so realistic. It's like a 3D feeling that is like no other, I don't think I can compare this to any movie. All the ideas had relevant details and the all the scenes have real life reactions. The story is Fiction although the story does not ever drift of to fantasy . The text st ...more
Nicol Medina
Apr 06, 2016 Nicol Medina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Melinda Worfolk
It’s a good novel, well written and interesting. Deborah Ellis has created an engaging, sympathetic protagonist in Parvana: she is smart and brave, but not preternaturally adult. Certainly she has had to grow up a lot faster than other children her age who don’t live in a war-torn country, but she is still clearly a child. The events in the book are realistically depicted and quite grim, but the book isn’t entirely devoid of hope. The first time I used it in a class, I did regret having timed it ...more
Lana Del Slay
Jul 31, 2015 Lana Del Slay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know I'm supposed to be too old to get anything out of this.

Shows what I know! Ellis uses every page, if not quite every word, to bring Parvana's world to life. It's gutting in that the writing is so matter-of-fact. This happens. Then that. Then this. But it's nothing Parvana isn't resigned to overcoming. Such a Determinator.

Speaking of character tropes -- Ellis doesn't disappoint in terms of characterisation, either. She paints with broad enough strokes to pull you in and get you identifyin
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Reemdalmoch
Nov 03, 2014 Reemdalmoch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is written by Deborah Ellis. She is an early age writer, she start writing on age 11, wrote a lot of books based on real stories and these are some example of them (Children of war, Kids of Kabul and Sacred leaf) and one of the Deborah’s books which I read is called “Parvana's Journey , the story took place in Afghanistan between 2001-2002. The book is about a young girl’s fight to survive called “Parvana” 12 years old , and the story tells us about the situation in Afghanistan when the ...more
Katrina
came upon this book by chance, but really enjoyed it. Beautifullt told and wonderful characters. Not an easy journey though.
Huda
The story of this little Afghani girl started right after her father's funeral.
In order to escape Taliban's regime, she had to dress like a boy and leave without knowing a destination. On her way, she met two other children, each had a tragic story of his own, and an infant she decided to take care of.
They soon became friends.
Even though this is second in Debora's trilogy, I guess it can stand by itself.
Chloe
Jan 11, 2016 Chloe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Parvana's Journey, by Deborah Ellis, is the second book in the Breadwinner series. I had read the first book and found it very eye-opening about life during war, especially in Afghanistan. Yet, it was still a pretty easy book to read. Although there is a bit of controversy, I think that this book is perfect for middle-schoolers because they are mature enough to handle the topic, yet it is easily explained so they can understand it. Deborah Ellis is a great author because of this. The story cente ...more
Christina
Jun 11, 2015 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We read this book in our 6th group small group. The boys in the group love this series (this is book #2) and currently can't put the third one ("Mud City) down! I wanted to include their reviews that they wrote.

Herby
This book is part of a series so if you like it you can read the series. I think this is a good book to show the life of Afghanistan people live. The genre of this book is realistic fiction. The setting in the book is in Afghanistan. I recommend that everyone should read this book. I
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Zainab
Feb 28, 2012 Zainab rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My freind advised me to read this book. The front cover didn't look that interesting or appealing, but as they say, you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover so I decided to read it. Every page became more and more interesting. I loved the book. For all that have read this book, you've got to admit that Deborah Ellis is oe talented writer. This is one of my all time favourites.
Clairina hart
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Josie
Jan 11, 2016 Josie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Parvana's Journey, a novel about a girl trying to survive in the time of the Afganistan war, the death of her father, and the sacrafices she made for her family. I found the book, Parvana's Jouney, to be not as good as the first. I didn't really dive into it and fully understand what was going on. I enjoyed the plotline and the story behind it, but it was a little boring. Maybe if I took time to read it and attempt to read more of the book, I may understand and enjoy it. I may recommend the book ...more
Lesley
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Eidolon John
Oct 10, 2013 Eidolon John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as memorable as the first instalment, but Parvana's Journey is a splendid way for us to keep track of our lovely heroine! I will definately have to keep an eye out for Mud City!
Citrus Juice
Jan 03, 2014 Citrus Juice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Parvana's Journey
By: Deborah Ellis

In Parvana's Journey, Parvana, who dresses up like a boy is trying to find her family. Parvana goes traveling with her dad but he was sick and his leg had been lost because of the Taliban. Her dad spent his life in jail because the Taliban found out that her dad studied in England. Parvana decided to stay in a village near the place where her dad was buried. She stayed in a man's house and the man's daughter said that her dad was going to hand Parvana to the Ta
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Mark
Jan 02, 2014 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good book and it relates to mud city very much. It also explains Parvana's side of life and how she is living. I suggest all to read this
Avery
Jan 05, 2016 Avery rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Parvana's Journey, the Taliban still control Afghanistan, but Kabul is in ruins. Parvana's father has just died, and her mother, sister, and brother could be anywhere in the country. Parvana knows she must find them. Despite her youth, Parvana sets out alone, masquerading as a boy. She soon meets other children who are victims of war -- an infant boy in a bombed-out village, a nine-year-old girl who thinks she has magic powers over landmines, and a boy with one leg. The children travel togeth ...more
Darlene Wilson
Feb 25, 2015 Darlene Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Parvana's Journey, the Taliban still control Afghanistan, but Kabul is in ruins. Parvana's father has just died, and her mother, sister, and brother could be anywhere in the country. Parvana knows she must find them. Despite her youth, Parvana sets out alone, masquerading as a boy. She soon meets other children who are victims of war -- an infant boy in a bombed-out village, a nine-year-old girl who thinks she has magic powers over landmines, and a boy with one leg. The children travel togeth ...more
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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.

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Other Books in the Series

The Breadwinner (4 books)
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