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Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely Through a Never-Ending War

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  279 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Joint winner of the South Asia Book Award, longlisted for the Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award, selected for the IRA Notable Books for a Global Society List, the Bankstreet College of Education's Best Children’s Books of the Year 2013, the USBBY Outstanding International Book List, and the CCBC Choices List

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Hardcover, 128 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Groundwood Books (first published March 6th 2012)
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Kosar Taheri
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing

کتاب، روایت زندگی و مصائب دردناک کودکان و نوجوانان افغانی است.
امید به فردایی بهتر، تلاش بی وقفه ، تحصیل و کسب دانش و مهارت ، نقطهی عطف تمامی روایت هاست که تا حدی درد و رنجی را که بر زندگیشان حاکم است را تقلیل می
به تعبیر نویسنده:
«شجاعانه زیستن در جنگی بیپایان»
Alexandra K
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege to hear Deborah Ellis speak at my bookstore last fall. One of the things she said that stuck with me was how one of her gifts was being able to talk to anyone. This gift is in full evidence in Kids of Kabul.

Kids of Kabul is a collection of interviews that Ellis conducted with kids between the ages of 10 and 18 who live in Kabul, Afghanistan. She interviewed both boys and girls and got them to tell her how they got to Kabul (most subjects were born elsewhere and came to Kabul
Edward Sullivan
An outstanding collection of interviews with boys and girls ranging in age from 10 to 17 speaking candidly about living in a country still at war and in an environment where violence and oppression still exists all around them. Their lives are full of hardship and painful loss but also resiliency and hope. An important, insightful book.
Joshua Lawson
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: social-justice
Oh man, this is a hard-hitting book. Each chapter contains a short interview with a child living in war-torn Afghanistan. Some of them are faring alright in spite of the suffering they have endured, but all of their stories will break your heart. Here are a few snippets that stood out to me:

"No one in this room has a father or husband." -- Faranoz, 14

"...I like to paint the ocean. I have never seen the ocean for real. One day I will, when I travel the world as a famous artist. I paint it because
Deborah Ellis travels to Kabul and interviews several children who have been affected by the wars of Afghanistan. Each interview features a different child in the Kabul area who is struggling in some way. Some just want to make enough money to eat for the day others want a chance to go to school. I enjoyed reading this book a lot. I never thought about the children affected by the war I think I thought about Afghanistan as a whole. I understood that each person would be affected in some way, but ...more
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book! I am always interested in this part of the world, and the more I hear about it, the more I want to keep learning about it and helping them. The main theme that almost every child talked about in these interviews is the want to go to school. Many Americans do take this privilege for granted, and it isn't until you go without do you see the real worth. In order to make the world a better, safer, more peaceful place, boys and girls all around the world need to be educate ...more
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Arresting ( no pun intended) piece of literature. Greatness comes in small sizes. Certainly true with this slender book. It can be read in less than a day. No matter what the consequences of the interviewees' lives, their honesty surrounding their circumstances and decisions empathize you to them. I understand where everyone stands in this book. I just pray they walk to a life of peace and prosperity.
Maddie Bellone
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: eng261, biography, 5-8
This books covers 14 different interviews with children of all ages about how their the war in Afghanistan has effected and changed their lives today. Its an interesting biography because it is not about one specific person. We hear from many different people. Great for older kids and class discussions.
Cece Baqri
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very well done.
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
An excellent companion title for The Breadwinner. Ellis' interviews provide so much insight and context into multilayered aspects of life in modern Afghanistan. Heartbreaking but hopeful.
Nicole Glaser
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: libs-678
Wow, talk about putting things in perspective. What amazes me about these children is their optimism and loyalty to country. Oh, and the fact that they don't take education for granted. I hope the writer will continue to follow these children. It's saddening to think about how many of them statistically will not make it into adulthood. I thought of the The Kite Runner and my jump into the world of fan fiction when I read this.
Ellis, Deborah. Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely Through A Never-Ending
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kids of Kabul includes the stories of a couple dozen kids from Afghanistan told in their own words. Each story begins with a little extra information that does a bit to clarify what the child is talking about (for example, why one child used to live in a jail along with her mom or why another young girl is in prison for running away from her abusive, elderly husband). The stories all have heartbreaking components, but are also extremely hopeful. Reading this book gives hope that the kids will be ...more
Kayla Davis
This book gives the moving accounts of several different children living in Kabul, a province in war-torn Afghanistan. Throughout the book the different children express their fear and familiarity with the horrors that come with war and the reign of the Taliban. The book highlights a lot of the oppression that women and girls face because they are viewed as being supremely inferior to men. The accounts touch on experiences ranging from children who dig in the trash for a living, to those who hav ...more
Madeline Isaak
Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely Through a Never-Ending War by Deborah Ellis is a documentary of interviews with adolescents who currently live in Kabul, Afghanistan. Many children in Afghanistan have to work to help support their families. Some of the jobs include picking up garbage, selling food, washing cars, and hammering metal. To the children this is normal everyday life for them, they aspire to succeed and school and live better lives. Some children are not given the option to succeed such ...more
Caty Carino
Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely Through a Never-Ending War by Deborah Ellis is a documentary of interviews with adolescents who currently live in Kabul, Afghanistan. Many children in Afghanistan have to work to help support their families. Some of the jobs include picking up garbage, selling food, washing cars, and hammering metal. To the children, this is normal everyday life for them. They aspire to succeed in school and live better lives. Some children are not given the option to succeed such ...more
Twenty-seven brief vignettes feature boys and girls from the age of 10 to 17 whose stories will tear out readers' hearts. Readers will recall the author's wonderful Breadwinner trilogy with its endearing protagonist, Parvana, but that story was made up, and these are all the stories of youngsters trying to survive in Afghanistan. For those unfamiliar with the country's many conflicts, Ellis provides a brief recap of its struggles and the physical, political, and psychological effects of war on t ...more
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kids of Kabul by Deborah Ellis is a book through which the youngest and most vulnerable citizens in Afghanistan's capital city of Kabul. The viewpoint varies every couple pages to allow another child to speak of their personal situation and dreams. Doctor, lawyer, college graduate, all relatively attainable titles for dreaming kids here in the United States. However, poor eduction or lack thereof prevents many of the dreaming kids of Kabul from accomplishing their goals. They are left out of luc ...more
Alexis Espinosa
Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely Through a Never-Ending War: In 2011 Deborah Ellis went to Kabul to find out what happened to Afghanistan’s children since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. This book features about 26 boys and girls who range from ages ten to seventeen that share their experiences living in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. Included in this book are stories told by Afghanistan children about their lives, education, and families as well as information on Afghanistan and lessons in th ...more
This is an extremely affecting book about children living in war-torn Afghanistan. Despite its short length, you glean a lot about the conditions for adults as well as children in this book. Each chapter tells the brief story of a child (with a quick intro providing helpful background). The children's voices are perfect for this book, because it provides immediacy, authenticity and a lack of bias or agenda in communicating their stories. The children endure terrible hardship on a regular basis, ...more
Jim Erekson
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: informational
Each young person featured in the book gets her or his own episode of 3-5 pages each. Ellis introduces each episode with some important context, and then the remainder of each is in first person biographical form. Each story is heartbreaking in its losses and brutalities, and for many you can tell the glimmer of hope they offer in the narrative is not likely to pan out in the coming years.

One of the difficult things about presenting the 'man's inhumanity to man' theme is that the sheer volume o
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Deborah Ellis, author of the award winning Breadwinner trilogy, has assembled an amazing collection of true accounts of tweens and teens living in Kabul, Afghanistan. Ellis decided to travel to Kabul to find out how life had changed for these kids since the reign of the Taliban ended there in 2001.
Through the stories that these kids share you’re able to get a little insight into the positive changes that happened in their lives, but also the challenges and struggles they continues to face.
Alec Olsen
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a really good book. It really opened up my eyes about what it is like for kids in a country during a war. It is about kids who are anywhere from 10 to 17 years old who tell stories about their lives. It tells hardships they have gone through during the war, and how they helped their families. Also, it explains what the economy was like and the differences that they have compared to us. We as americans have many more rights than them. Also their education systems are very poor ...more
Ms. Yingling
Sep 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Since 2000, Deborah Ellis has spent a lot of time trying to help the children in the war torn country of Afghanistan. Royalty money from her wonderful The Breadwinner goes to the Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan and Street Kids International funds, and she has continued her research into the plight of these children in this new nonfiction book.In short chapters, a number of preteens and teens are interviewed about their lives. Each chapter starts with a bit of information about one facet ...more
Leah Gerber
Dec 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: t-l-307
Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely Through a Never-Ending War by Deborah Ellis is a documentary of interviews done with 10- to 17-year-olds who presently live in Kabul, Afghanistan. The country has been at war for more than thirty years and children work to help support their families. These children do jobs like washing cars, picking up garbage, selling food, and hammering metal to earn money. These children see this lifestyle as their “normal,” but all they want to do is succeed in school and move ...more
Shelby Zimmerman
The book Kids of Kabul by Deborah Ellis is about children living in Kabul, facing the seemingly never ending war. It has the point of view from several different children, from different backgrounds and experiences. Even though many of the children are still facing violence and oppression, many still seem to have a sense of hopefulness for the future. Several of them are hopeful of becoming doctors or even just finishing out their education. They have a drive for success after seeing the tragedi ...more
Hannah Sidel
Kids of Kabul is a beautiful collection of vignettes capturing older children, preteens and teenagers’ story of life in the capital city of Afghanistan. The book covers both boys and girls and looks at how life after the fall of the Taliban has affected their lives. Many girls told stories of not being able to leave their home or not being able to read. Meanwhile, many boys shared experiences of having to start work at a young age.
These stories allow the reader to gain an understanding of dail
Kelli Stonebreaker
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book shares the stories of kids ages 10-17 about what life was like before, after, and during the Taliban. Its often assumed that because the Taliban is gone, life goes back to the way it was before but thats not the case. Afghanistan is still a country at war so it isn't safe. Many of the kids are put in orphanages, mental institutions, or sent to live with other family because their parents passed away. The thing I loved most about this book was the sense of hope and the ambitions the kid ...more
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is about many different kid that are living in Kabul after the Taliban. It gives you a interview of the kid so you know what there going through. Most of the interviews are on girls because they have less rights then boys which can make their life much harder. The kids are poor and live in rooms that are heated or lighted. The adults will yell at kids for going to school. There lives that can be very hard.

I read this book on 10/24/12 it is 137 pages long and a nonfiction book. Kids o
Nov 30, 2013 rated it liked it
The Taliban doesn’t only affect adults, but also young children from the ages of 10-17. This book highlights the lives of 20 children that are trapped by the Taliban and they are given the chance to tell their stories and be heard. Many of the children deal with learning how to read and write and simply stay alive everyday. The reader is able to see multiple viewpoints from the children.
The fact that young children are dealing with such an intense issue is mind blowing and makes the reader take
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have read Ellis's fictional series, The Breadwinner, and thought it was a great book for students to learn about the oppressiveness of the Taliban. This book is filled will small vignettes from a variety of young people who have grown up under the threat of the Taliban and the constant war. I have been reading this book for awhile, but it's perfect for little pieces. Each piece showed a different type of life--from orphans, to prisoners, to refugees, to those who are back in school. I thought ...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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