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|Breadwinner : a graphic novel|
Author: Tanaka, Shelley
A graphic-novel adaptation of 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.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 2.50
Points: .5 Quiz: 193578
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 5.50
Points: 9.0 Quiz: 31544
Kirkus Reviews (-) (01/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 02/15/2018 Adapted from the animated film of the same name (itself adapted from Deborah Ellis’ 2000 novel), this slim graphic novel packs quite a punch. It’s May 2001, in Afghanistan, and Parvana spends her days accompanying her father to the market, even though restrictive laws forbid women from being outside. All that changes when her father is arrested, leaving Parvana stuck at home with her mother, older sister, and baby brother. In a desperate gambit to take care of her family, Parvana dresses as a boy, and with newfound, albeit limited, freedom, she takes on odd jobs and tries to find a way to free her father from prison. The artwork, composed of stills from the animated film, makes beautiful work of the rocky desert setting, and scenes of Parvana’s family are weighty with expressive emotion. Parvana’s story is a heartbreaking one, but the resilience of the characters is moving, and a note about the slowly improving current state of affairs in Afghanistan, particularly concerning the education of girls, ends the story with a glimmer of hope. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.