Author: Deborah Ellis
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Multicultural
Review: I listened to this book on tape. It’s a wrenching story of a young girl, Parvana, who lives in Afghanistan. When her father is taken prisoner by the Taliban, Parvana’s family faces many hardships and difficult decisions. Parvana deals daily with the grim realities of life under Taliban rule. Be prepared for some brutal scenes. The author visited Afghan refugee camps where she heard many stories similar to Parvana’s story. Royalties from the sale of the book are donated to Women for Women in Afghanistan, a group dedicated to the education of Afghan girls in refugee camps in Pakistan. I just discovered that this book is part of a trilogy. Parvana’s Journey and Mud City continue the story.