Parvana's Journey

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OUP Oxford, Mar 4, 2004 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 208 pages
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A war is raging in Afghanistan as a coalition of Western forces tries to oust the Taliban by bombing the country. Parvana’s father has died, and her mother, sister and brother have gone to a faraway wedding, not knowing what has happened to the father. Parvana doesn’t know where they are. She just knows she has to find them. She sets out alone, masquerading as a boy, her journey becoming more perilous as the bombs begin to fall. Making her way across the desolate Afghan countryside, she meets other children who are strays from the war — an infant boy in a bombed-out village, a nine-year-old girl who believes she has magical powers over land mines, and a boy with one leg who is so obnoxious that Parvana can hardly stand him. The children travel together because it is easier than being alone. And, as they forge their own family in the war zone that Afghanistan has become, their resilience, imagination and luck help them to survive.
 

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The story broke my heart but was a great read. The message was my favorite part of the book. The lesson was to appreciate what you have and help others. As I was reading this book it really opened my ... Read full review

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In this moving sequel to The Breadwinner, young Parvana sets out to find her mother and sisters, who disappeared shortly after the Taliban invaded the city where they were attending a family wedding ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter ONE
9
Chapter TWO
23
Chapter THREE
30
Chapter FOUR
45
Chapter FIVE
55
Chapter SIX
62
Chapter SEVEN
71
Chapter EIGHT
78
Chapter THIRTEEN
118
Chapter FOURTEEN
129
Chapter FIFTEEN
139
Chapter SIXTEEN
148
Chapter SEVENTEEN
158
Chapter EIGHTEEN
166
Chapter NINETEEN
171
Chapter TWENTY
181

Chapter NINE
90
Chapter TEN
93
Chapter ELEVEN
101
Chapter TWELVE
112
Chapter TWENTYONE
190
AUTHORS NOTE
195
GLOSSARY
198
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DEBORAH ELLIS is the award-winning author of several books for kids and teens. She is best known for her novel "The Breadwinner", which she wrote following her work at refugee camps in Afghanistan. She has also written on other serious issues affecting young people around the world, including drug use, poverty, HIV/AIDS, and war.

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