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Mud City (The Breadwinner #3)

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,394 Ratings  ·  166 Reviews
Fourteen-year-old Shauzia dreams of seeing the ocean and eventually making a new life in France, but it is hard to reconcile that dream with the terrible conditions of the Afghan refugee camp where she lives. Making things worse is the camp’s leader, Mrs. Weera, whose demands on Shauzia make her need to escape all the more urgent. Her decision to leave necessitates Shauzia ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published August 12th 2003 by Groundwood Books
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Daniel Radunsky
Sep 18, 2013 Daniel Radunsky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Book is awesome. Especially Chapter 4!
Abby Avery
I am glad to have found this series of books, although in the young readers category, to have my eyes opened to the realities of the refugee camps,& the plight of women in Afghanistan & Pakistan. This should certainly be added to any school reading list to 1.teach kids about different parts of the world 2. open their eyes & hearts to the suffering of others 3. to challenge them on how they can help or better yet, teach them that they CAN help 4. to show that not getting the newest, g ...more
Apr 21, 2015 Cameron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think my book Mud City was a very good book. I loved the part where Shauzia went into Peshawar. She went into that city ready to make money. She made plenty of money before she got put behind bars because of a scam. A man asked if she wanted money and gave her 100 rupees. Then he acted like she stole the money he gave her. That was one of the reasons I liked this book. I think that was the turning point in my book. Barbara’s husband Tom brought her back to his house.

Another reason I like thi
N_maryellen Rosenblum
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Nick B.
Mar 03, 2015 Nick B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The realistic-fiction book, Mud City, by Deborah Ellis is a fantastic entry in the Breadwinner series. Not only is the story phenomenal in itself, it also sheds some light on the suffering of many people that is still happening in the Middle-East. The story takes Shauzia, a young girl who has fled Afghanistan and now resides in Pakistan with her dog Jasper, and her aspiration to one day end up living in France. Shauzia is hard working and determined to reach her goal of one day making it to Fran ...more
Oct 03, 2013 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very strange .turning points a lot wondering she gave a little girl a dog and go risk her live and go to help save lives
Jan 18, 2009 Anna rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those who liked The Breadwinner and Parvana's Journey
This book wasn't as engaging as The Breadwinner or Parvana's Journey, both of which followed Parvana, but Shauzia's story was still pretty interesting. We first met Shauzia in The Breadwinner and this book picks up with her living in a women's refugee camp in Pakistan. She lives with bossy Mrs. Weera and is determined to leave the camp for France. She does actually leave and spends some time living in Peshwar, Pakistan but I felt like the sequence in Peshwar was just a bit too unbelievable. Elli ...more
I love the first book in this series, Breadwinner, and the second is OK, but this books was disappointing to me. I wanted the loose ends tied up and it didn't do that. I've had it on my to read for a long time, but others could skip this one. Not worth the time. **stop here for spoilers** Parvanah's friend Shauzia is the main character in this book. She is her same selfish person. She experiences street life, jail time, rich life with Americans, and refugee camp. She isn't happy anywhere she goe ...more
Eric Wright
Aug 23, 2013 Eric Wright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, youth
Another great young adults book in the breadwinner series. Shazia is a young Afghan girl posing as a boy to be able to move around. The book opens in the mud refugee city for Afghans on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan.

On the one hand one becomes very annoyed with Shauzia for her complaints, her grumbling but on the other her rough-hewn nature is what enables her to survive in mud and dust, where water is rationed where food is scarce and where beggars collect trash to buy their next meal. In
This was an okay book. It wasn't anything special, like the previous ones. I didn't find anything all the special. When I read The Breadwinner, I was immediately captivated, but with Mud City, I found that it just wasn't something that I really liked. Admittedly, it is more fun to read Parvana's stories, but I just found that Mud City was my least favorite.
Caeleigh MacDonald
This book is about a young girl named Shauzia, she lives in Afghanistan where there is fighting everyday. She goes to an all girl school with her only two friends named Jasper and Parvanna. Jasper is a dog. Shauzia can't stand living there anymore and is dying to escape to France so she can have a peaceful life. I found that the author (Deborah Ellis) set up this book perfectly so you can easily understand it. Another great thing about this book is that there is a glossary in the back of the boo ...more
Eidolon John
Nov 20, 2013 Eidolon John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Today, I finished Mud City, the third book in the Breadwinner trilogy. I first came acquainted with the Breadwinner trilogy when I read the first book over August. I loved it so much that when I returned to school, I instantly took the sequels (Parvana's Journey and Mud City) out of the library!
Mud City is a fast moving novel, and I'm used to books like these. The only problem is that I believe the story was a bit rushed, and a little predictable. I loved the characters, and I would love to see
"Shauzia" is a companion book to "Parvana" and "Parvana's Journey" containing several references to past events involving Parvana. Shauzia has escaped from Afghanistan and the oppressive regime of the Taliban and now lives in a refugee camp in Pakistan. She lives in the Widow's Compound and "works" for Mrs Weera's organisation that runs secret schools and clinics in Afghanistan. However, Shauzia needs a job that earns money as she has a dream to live in France and carries a picture in her pocket ...more
Jan 13, 2016 Chloe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mud City is the third book in The Breadwinner series. I was a bit surprised because this book was about Shauzia, rather than Paravana, as the rest of the series is. Parvana and Shauzia are best friends who lived in Kabul, Afghanistan until the war eventually drove them away from each other. Shauzia lives on a refugee camp with someone who she finds very bossy- her old physical education teacher, Mrs. Weera. Shauzia leaves the camp to go to the city. She makes money on her own, dressed as a boy t ...more
Jan 05, 2016 Avery rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This final book of the acclaimed trilogy that includes The Breadwinner and Parvana’s Journey continues the story of Parvana's best friend. Fourteen-year-old Shauzia, has escaped the misery of her life in Kabul, only to end up in a refugee camp in Pakistan. She still dreams of seeing the ocean and eventually making a new life in France.
Shauzia finally decides to leave the camp and try her luck on the streets. She is determined to earn money to leave Pakistan. Peshawar is dangerous and full of des
Apr 21, 2015 Danielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished the book Mud City by Deborah Ellis. I recommend this book to young readers who want to learn how it feels to be in someone else’s shoes. It is about this little girl and her dog that try to show her teacher what she can really do, so she goes into the city and tries to survive. She lives in a refugee camp so she get to hear what she goes through everyday.

In the story of Mud City it starts off in the refugee camp where she telling a story to the children that happened to her. Then t
Alex Meza
Nov 17, 2009 Alex Meza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an amazing book. I really think is one of my favorites. I really like the personality of shauzia. I like it because she never give up. She never give up unless she was on the streets alone with his dog (Jasper) finding good. I really recommend this book to ages between 11-14. I also recommend this book to people that like adventures, because this book has a lot of it. I hope people enjoy reading this book, because I did.
May 15, 2016 Albert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like the “Mud City” book. To my opinion, I wasn’t normally fond of the fictional books but I can accept this book as a good fictional book. This book is the third book of the breadwinner series where Parvana’s friend Shauzia wants to escape the refugee camps in Pakistan because she already escaped Afghanistan and want to travel and live in France. She must survive Pakistan and her only friend is her dog. Shauzia has to find food to eat, earn money to travel to France and stay in a safe ...more
Tiffene Larose
Jan 11, 2015 Tiffene Larose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: already-read
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Andy Ly
Oct 10, 2011 Andy Ly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: relistic-fiction
This book is mostly about a girl, that works as a servant and get pay by little money. She went of to Afghanistan and try to find a job. This book is really sad, because people kick her out, and taunt at her face.
Aug 19, 2015 So92 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-before-2015
Libro veramente toccante, soprattutto per il fatto che è indirizzato a lettori giovanissimi (da 10 anni). Mi era stato prestato da Annalisa, poi avendone vista una copia in offerta al Libraccio a 2 euro l’ho acquistato. Ci tenevo molto ad avere la trilogia completa, perché sono stati tutti e tre libri che hanno contribuito non poco alla formazione del mio carattere e dei miei gusti di lettura. Di questo poi c’è anche da ammirare la copertina meravigliosa e particolarmente evocativa. Più che part ...more
Kyle Rieger
May 26, 2015 Kyle Rieger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is just great, there are many good parts with various ups and downs leading to dead ends and happy endings. with her bagging for little bits of money to her getting help, this books about a strong girl who keeps trying to get to here dream but keeps getting blocked. Mud city a book apart from the others yet still just as good. The thing I love most about this marvelous book is how all the royalty's will go to a charity supporting kids like shauzia in Afghanistan. So Deborah Ellis does ...more
Mar 23, 2016 Lily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These books have really put things into perspective..
Francesco Inzerillo
it was a great book with a lot of crazy stuff
Oct 09, 2013 Antonino rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good book !!!
Ally S
Apr 16, 2016 Ally S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beginning: I instantly chose to read Mud City as I have read many other Deborah Ellis books and loved them all. I particularly love her style of writing as it educates and opens us up to the reality of living in a third world country while still being captivating and interesting. I am expecting the book to be quite similar to Pavarna and Parvana's Journey. By reading the blurb, I have already found out that the protagonist in Mud City is a young girl called Shauzia, who happened to be a close fr ...more
Nov 08, 2014 Marty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 31, 2011 Abdullahi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Ruth Noemi Rojas
First of all, I would like to thank the Lord for allowing me the opportunity to read this book and finish this book before I needed to. Every month, at my library, we read a book together as a teen book group. Last month, we read War Horse and this month we are reading Mud City. Shauzia is Parvana's best friend. This is the third book in The Breadwinner trilogy. The other two books in the trilogy are about Parvana. This book was about Shauzia and how she tries to take control of her life. She ha ...more
The third in the Breadwinner series is not quite as good as the previous two. We leave Parvana behind and meet up again with her friend, Shauzia. Shauzia has herded sheep and is now in the Widow's Compound of the rufugee camp. She still dreams of going to France, but she realies that there is nothing for her in the camp and she must leave in order to make enough money to fulfill her dream. So she sets off with her dog, Jasper, and still disguised as a boy, heads into the city of Peshawar, Pakist ...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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The Breadwinner (4 books)
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