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MyNameIsParvanaBy Devorah Ellis

On a military base in post-Taliban Afghanistan, American authorities have just imprisoned a teenaged girl found in a bombed-out school. The army major thinks she may be a terrorist working with the Taliban. The girl does not respond to questions in any language and remains silent, even when she is threatened, harassed and mistreated over several days. The only clue to her identity is a tattered shoulder bag containing papers that refer to people named Shauzia, Nooria, Leila, Asif, Hassan — and Parvana.

In this long-awaited sequel to The Breadwinner Trilogy, Parvana is now fifteen years old. As she waits for foreign military forces to determine her fate, she remembers the past four years of her life. Reunited with her mother and sisters, she has been living in a village where her mother has finally managed to open a school for girls. But even though the Taliban has been driven from the government, the country is still at war, and many continue to view the education and freedom of girls and women with suspicion and fear.

As her family settles into the routine of running the school, Parvana, a bit to her surprise, finds herself restless and bored. She even thinks of running away. But when local men threaten the school and her family, she must draw on every ounce of bravery and resilience she possesses to survive the disaster that kills her mother, destroys the school, and puts her own life in jeopardy.

A riveting page-turner, Deborah Ellis’s new novel is at once harrowing, inspiring and thought-provoking.

Deborah Ellis chooses topics that have urgency and exist in present time to help us to better understand our world. In choosing this topic of war in Afghanistan through her astounding Breadwinner series, and with her extensive research she writes, “In today’s warfare, ninety-five percent of the casualties are civilians. This means that when we give our governments permission to go to war, we are giving them permission to kill people who are just like us — who complain about the weather, love their children and wonder what to have for dinner. People who have done us no harm. Books can help us remember what we have in common as humans. And that’s what I try to do with mine.”

Service Learning Ideas: Safe and Strong Communities, Literacy, Social Change   The role of education is paramount in bringing choice into developing countries, to equip families to be able to care for their children, and to health care and well-being. This story of a girls’ school being viewed as a threat, as it still is in many parts of the world, attests to this tragic viewpoint we must change. Students can take part in advocacy toward this cause.

Reviews

“This passionate volume stands on its own, though readers new to the series and to Ellis’ overall body of work will want to read every one of her fine, important novels. Readers will learn much about the war in Afghanistan even as they cheer on this feisty protagonist.” —Kirkus, starred review

“This sequel to the series is not merely an important book about the difficulty of girls’ lives in war-torn, U.S.-occupied Afghanistan. It is also an example of vivid storytelling with a visceral sense of place, loss, distrust, and hope.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“…Ellis succeeds in putting a human face on the headlines and the brutality of the Afghan war, while answering many questions about the fate of a heroine whose personality and force of will shine through.” —Publishers’ Weekly

Fiction 176 pages, ages 11+

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