My name is Parvana
In this, the fourth and possibly best in the Breadwinner series, Parvana endures torture and ill-treatment in a US military base, resisting continual interrogation by casting her mind back to the camp for internal refugees where she had finally found her family and to the school for girls they had built together. With her sister Nooria, she sought to instil in Afghan children “high expectations and the confidence to rebuild the country.” But a repressive patriarchal society has continually frustrated Parvana, who longs for an independent and fulfilled life. Now, with her future threatened by both the Taliban and the US military, she is forced once again to assume responsibility for herself and what remains of her family, before being dramatically reunited with her best friend Shauzia. The two girls elect to defer their long-held dreams of adventure, opting instead to work towards a more hopeful future for their country (courtesy of Children’s Books Ireland, BOLD Girls Resource Pack).
Canadian author and political activist for peace and social justice Deborah Ellis has travelled the world, living among people whose lives have been turned upside down by circumstance, documenting and reflecting the indomitable spirit of these everyday heroes in her award-winning fiction and non-fiction books (courtesy of Children’s Books Ireland, BOLD Girls Resource Pack).
Edited by: Centre for Children’s Literature and Culture Studies (Ireland)