The breadwinner: a graphic novel
Deborah Ellis's bestselling novel The Breadwinner, now available as a stunningly illustrated graphic novel.
This beautiful graphic-novel adaptation of The Breadwinner animated film tells the story of eleven-year-old Parvana, who must disguise herself as a boy to support her family during the Taliban's rule in Afghanistan in the late 1990s.
Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan's capital city. Parvana's father — a history teacher until his school was bombed and his health destroyed — works from a blanket on the ground in the marketplace, reading letters for people who cannot read or write. One day, he is arrested for having forbidden books, and the family is left without someone who can earn money or even shop for food.
As conditions for the family grow desperate, only one solution emerges. Forbidden to earn money as a girl, Parvana must transform herself into a boy, and become the breadwinner.
Readers will want to linger over this powerful graphic novel with its striking art and inspiring story.
Key Text Features
Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).
Afghanistan -- Juvenile fiction -- Comic books, strips, etc
Comic and Graphic Books
Comic books, strips, etc
Disguise -- Juvenile fiction
Disguise -- Juvenile fiction -- Comic books, strips, etc
Girls -- Afghanistan -- fFiction
Girls -- Afghanistan -- Juvenile fiction
Graphic novels -- Canada
Kabul (Afghanistan) -- Juvenile fiction
Kabul (Afghanistan) -- Juvenile fiction -- Comic books, strips, etc
Sex role -- Afghanistan -- Juvenile fiction
Sex role -- Juvenile fiction
Sex role -- Juvenile fiction -- Comic books, strips, etc
Survival -- Juvenile fiction
Survival -- Juvenile fiction -- Comic books, strips, etc
Taliban -- Juvenile fiction
Taliban -- Juvenile fiction -- Comic books, strips, etc
Women's rights -- Afghanistan -- Juvenile fiction
Women's rights -- Juvenile fiction
Women's rights -- Juvenile fiction -- Comic books, strips, etc
Women -- Afghanistan -- Social conditions -- Juvenile fiction
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