Author = Deborah Ellis
Genre = Adventure
Interest Level – Yrs 7 – 9
Parvana is a young girl growing up in tough times in Afghanistan. Her young brother has been killed in a land mine explosion. As a young girl she is not allowed outside unless accompanied by an adult. But when her father is taken away by the police her mother can’t cope. So Parvana cuts off her hair and pretends to be a boy. She sets herself up as a scribe in the local market so she can make enough money to keep her family alive. But every day she risks being found out. A compelling and very credible story. Hard to put down.
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Read a review of the sequel to this book (Parvana’s Journey) here.
Highly Recommended (dma) . *****