Author(s): Deborah Ellis
There are many types of battle in Afghanistan...Imagine living in a country where women and girls are not allowed to leave the house without a man. Imagine having to wear clothes that cover every part of your body, including your face, whenever you go out. This is the life of Parvana, a young girl growing up in Afghanistan under the control of an extreme religious military group...When soldiers burst into her home and drag her father off to prison, Parvana is forced to take responsibility for her whole family, dressing as a boy to make a living in the marketplace of Kabul, risking her life in the dangerous and volatile city...By turns exciting and touching, Parvana is a story of courage in the face of overwhelming fear and repression.
Shortlisted for BILBY Award (Books I Love Best Yearly) Older Readers 2006.
'This book is heart touching to realise just how people have to live in some parts of the world'Stella, aged 15'The strength of women resonates throughout the story...highly recommended'Reading TimeVol 46 No2'This is a timely book bound to provoke discussion.'Rayma Turton, MagpiesAt a time when children are exposed to news of terrorism, this story will help them come to terms with the human face behind the headlines.' Raymond Huber NZ May 2002
Deborah Ellis has been to Afghan refugee camps and heard many stories like Parvana's. All the royalties from this book will be donated to Women for Women in Afghanistan, dedicated to the education of Afghan girls in refugee camps in Pakistan.