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Mud City

(The Breadwinner #3)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  3,274 Ratings  ·  238 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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Hafsa Sabira
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a feeling that this novella is written in such a simple diction with a view to spreading its contents to a wide range of readers. I am not sure whether it's written for younger readers or not but I enjoyed the series likewise.

This novella is the third instalment in "The Breadwinner" series but instead of narrating the story of Parvana,the novella tells us about the struggle of Sauziya who was portrayed simply as Parvana's friend in the previous books. A strong character like Sauziya had
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
Daniel Radunsky
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Book is awesome. Especially Chapter 4!
M Razavy
Eric Wright
Aug 07, 2013 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
Jan 15, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a good book!
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the book did good showing emotion from a secondary character point of view. The book was really good showing how people have problems, and people who haven't experienced stuff can slip up.
N_maryellen Rosenblum
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Apr 21, 2015 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
Sep 26, 2013 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
Nusrat Mahmood
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, finished-series
এই যে এই বইটাতে সিরিজের পরধান চরিতর পারভানা থেকে সমপূরণ ভাবে সরে এসে তার বানধবী সৌজিয়ার পাকিসতানে যাতরা ও রিফিউজি জীবন নিয়ে লেখা হয়েছে তা খুব ভাল লেগেছে। মনে হলো যেন সিরিজটায় একঘেয়েমি কাটানোর এক নতুন পনথা এবং খুব সফলভাবে উতরে গেছে। জদিও পরথম বইটাতে সৌজিয়াকে খুব যে মন দিয়ে আঁকা হয়েছে তেমন না কিনতু সেই ছোটট পরিসর থেকে তাকে উঠিয়ে এনে সিরিজের একটা বইয়ে সমপূরণ তাকেই ফোকাস করা এবং তার চরিতরের যে ভাঙগন-গরন , সেটা দেখবার মতোন।

* আজকে কি যেন হয়েছে। খুব বেশি ওলটপালট রিভিউ লিখছি! একদমই আগামাথাহীন।
Jorge Rosas
All the time I was fearing the author was going to do something to the dog, so that kept me reading with a worried tone, the character has plot armor so she’s fine. We follow Parvana’s friend to a Refugee camp and a city in Pakistan also we follow her effort to leave and get to the sea.
Rain Misoa
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone needs to read this book to learn about how different other lives can be.
Recommended to Rain by: BookTube
Such an amazing and important book to read.

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Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
Actually i began this book not knowing it was a series so hopefully it wont ruin this book now.
Lilly F.
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shauzia escapes the never ending war in Afghanistan, only to end up in a refugee camp in Pakistan. Shauzia feels alone and afraid but is determined to find hope and escape to the sea. Great book based off of the real things that are happening to children all around the world.
Brandon O'Neill
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youthlit
This entry into the Breadwinner series follows Parvana's friend, Shauzia. Same cycle of promise and heartbreak and trying to find a place in a world that makes little to no sense. These are all small books, but man do they pack a punch.
Jackson Abells
Mud City is the third book in the Breadwinner series. Unlike, the first two books, this book is from the perspective of a girl named Shauzia, rather than Parvana. Shauzia is living in an Afghan refugee camp in Pakistan in 2001. Her constant isolation leads to boiling anger. She'll frequently get into arguments with Mrs. Weera, who is another woman in the camp. Something I like about the arguments that you rarely feel as if there is a right answer -- you're easily able to understand the perspecti ...more
Dec 28, 2008 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
Nick B.
Mar 03, 2015 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
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
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
John ☾
Aug 08, 2013 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
Alex Meza
Nov 17, 2009 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.
Abril G. Karera
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este libro es la tercera entrega de una serie que habla sobre la situación de guerra de Afganistán. Con una historia muy corta y dura, pero que sin duda se siente real, acompañaremos a Shauzia ante la vida difícil que le ha tocado enfrentar. Me dejó con un nudo en el estómago, lágrimas y muchas ganas de querer leer los otros libros.
Andy Ly
Sep 26, 2011 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.
Francesco Inzerillo
it was a great book with a lot of crazy stuff
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good book !!!
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2018
Another good book about girls in Afghanistan, this time focusing on Shauzia. There were times where I felt like things were getting a bit unrealistic (thinking specifically of the expatriate family subplot), but even there I eventually felt like yeah, that seems like something that could happen.

One thing I have really appreciated about this series is the way the children in it wish for adults to take care of them. I think some books about children on their own or in difficult circumstances glori
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
تا خط آخرش را خوردم و بعد گفتم ای کاش "دبورا الیس" به اردوگاه های مرزی پناهندگان در ایران هم می آمد و یک جلد هم درباره ی آوارگی در ایران می نوشت.
روان و بی دست انداز و تلخ.
این بار قهرمان داستان پروانه نبود. قهرمان داستان شوزیه بود. رفیق پروانه در جلد اول. دختری که مثل پروانه لباس پسرانه می پوشید و در بازار کابل دستفروشی می کرد. او خانواده اش را رها کرده و همراه خانم ویرا (دوست مادر پروانه) به پاکستان پناهنده شده. حالا ساکن یک اردوگاه پناهندگان در مرز پاکستان است و رویای رفتن به فرانسه موتور محرکه
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I knew there was a movie called The Breadwinner, but I didn’t know it was a book, much less a book series. And then I didn’t realize Mud City was the third book in the series. It tells the story of Shauzia living in a Pakistani refugee camp after fleeing her life in Kabul. She is tired of having no say in her life and leaves the camp for the city, hoping to save enough money to see the lavender fields in France. Powerlessness is a heavy theme in this book. I felt this even at the end when there ...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.

A long-t

Other books in the series

The Breadwinner (4 books)
  • The Breadwinner (The Breadwinner, #1)
  • Parvana's Journey (The Breadwinner, #2)
  • My Name Is Parvana (The Breadwinner, #4)