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Parvana's Journey by Deborah Ellis
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Aug 25, 08

bookshelves: ya, middle-east, read-in-2008, feminist-womens-issues
Read in August, 2008

Parvana is now thirteen and she and her father have been wandering through Afghanistan searching for the rest of their family. But then Parvana's father dies and she is all alone, still in disguise as a boy and has no choice bu to continue the search alone. She doesn't really know where she should go, or even where she is going. But along the way she meets other children who are alone: baby Hassan, horrible Asif who is quite possibly the most annoying boy to ever live, and fearless little Leila. The four children become a family and must survive on their own. But with the war still raging and bombs falling everywhere, it's more difficult than Parvana could ever imagine.

The second in The Breadwinner series is almost as good as the first. Parvana has grown up a little and I especially like that she is not perfect--she gets frustrated easily and because of it her struggles are more realistic and believable.

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