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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 vil ...more
Paperback, 199 pages
Published July 2nd 2003 by Groundwood Books (first published July 23rd 2002)
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Ana Carter  シ
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
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
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
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
Alejandro Rodriguez
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
came upon this book by chance, but really enjoyed it. Beautifullt told and wonderful characters. Not an easy journey though.
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.
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.
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John (Butcher, Baker, Procrastinator)
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!
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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
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
Darlene Wilson
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
eeing as I had already read the amazing creation that is "The Breadwinner" I got very excited when I finally began to read "Parvana's Journey" The themes of the story include : historical fiction, realistic fiction and the occasional touch of survival and friendship. Here once more we meet Parvana a young girl around the age of fourteen who lives in Afghanistan and has lost her father, while her mother an siblings are living in a refugee camp. She must disguise herself a s a young boy in order t ...more
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Alex Fairhill
Parvana's Journey, based on stories told to the author in Afghani refugee camps, is a realistic account of what residents of the war-ravaged country face daily. The story begins with the funeral of Parvana's father and Parvana is disguised as a boy, Kasheem. As she walks to find her mother and siblings (who were separated from Parvana and her father in the first book, which I haven't read), she comes across other children, who have been left orphaned, injured and scarred by the war.
Death, moral
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Parvana is a girl in midst of a terrible war in Afghanistan. Her father has just died and she desperately wants to find her mother and siblings. She disguises herself as a boy in order to travel without great difficulty in her country. Everywhere there are enormous obstacles. She cannot find food. She cannot find clean water. She must travel across mine fields. She runs across a baby and a one-legged boy and a little girl who all travel with her, who all add to her burden of finding food and wat ...more
Jan 17, 2012 Cherry rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like Memoirs and Historical fiction.
Recommended to Cherry by: My teacher
Overall, this book is really emotional, but not in a sad a more ambitious way, the way Parvana never gives up on her journey. She is on a journey to find the rest of her family across the war-scarred lands of Afghanistan. On the way, she finds a baby, whom she names Hassan, an extremely obnoxious boy that gets ruder and ruder, and a little girl who believes she has power over land mines. They travel together, and then stumble upon a refugee camp. Parvana insists to stay, saying that he ...more
This is the sequel to The Breadwinner. This book stands alone, independent from its predecessor. The lead character is thirteen year-old Parvana, a girl in search of her mother and sisters. The story opens with Parvana burying her father who died at the beginning of the journey. Dressed as a boy she travels alone to Afghanistan.
She has to keep a low profile, fearing that if the Taliban finds her that she’ll be drafted as a soldier. But if she is seen without a male companion she’d be punished f
Sadie Vargas
This is about Parvan a little afgahn girl that turned into a boy because girls werent allowed to go outside all by themselves. Her and her father were traveling to go find the rest of her family when her father suddenly died. She then had to carry on all by hers;ef. She had to make due with what people gave to her and she ate if lucky once a day. On her way to finding where he mother and sisters were at she founf a baby abondoned by its mother in her flee to saftey. She took it in adn named it a ...more
The book "Parvana's Journey", by Deborah Ellis, is about a a young girl that lives in Kabul Afghanistan and is on the road looking for her family with her father after her family left to attend a wedding for her sister. Sadly, in the very start of the book, we learn that Parvana's dad died. Parvana was very sad since she lost her father who she loved dearly and he was the one that was guiding her to find their family. He father always said "If we stop, we die Now that he is gone she will have to ...more
“Parvana’s Journey” is the sequel to Deborah Ellis’s Breadwinner and the second book in the trilogy. Thirteen year old Parvana’s mother and siblings left Kabul to attend a wedding. War began while they were away and they were not able to return. Parvana and her father are together in Kabul when her father dies. After the funeral she begins searching for her family.

Along the way she finds a baby whose mother had been killed by a bomb, a young boy living in a cave, and a young girl, Leila, living
Charlie Tucker
This book is a W.
I recommend this book for Action and Fantasy readers.

Parvana is in Afghanistan and a war is raging so she flees her home with her dad. Her mother and are at a wedding far away. Her dad dies along the journey so she is alone. Dressed as a boy she makes her way through the war grounds only to find unusual friends It's become a war to survive with no food, no water, her "brothers and sisters" and war fighting them.

I rated this book 4-5 because it is pretty violent and gory.
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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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