My Name Is Parvana

My Name Is Parvana

Book - 2012
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On a military base in post-Taliban Afghanistan, American authorities have just imprisoned a teenaged girl found in a bombed-out school. The army major thinks she may be a terrorist working with the Taliban. The girl does not respond to questions in any language and remains silent, even when she is threatened, harassed and mistreated over several days. The only clue to her identity is a tattered shoulder bag containing papers that refer to people named Shauzia, Nooria, Leila, Asif, Hassan -- and Parvana.

In this long-awaited sequel to The Breadwinner Trilogy, Parvana is now fifteen years old. As she waits for foreign military forces to determine her fate, she remembers the past four years of her life. Reunited with her mother and sisters, she has been living in a village where her mother has finally managed to open a school for girls. But even though the Taliban has been driven from the government, the country is still at war, and many continue to view the education and freedom of girls and women with suspicion and fear.

As her family settles into the routine of running the school, Parvana, a bit to her surprise, finds herself restless and bored. She even thinks of running away. But when local men threaten the school and her family, she must draw on every ounce of bravery and resilience she possesses to survive the disaster that kills her mother, destroys the school, and puts her own life in jeopardy.

A riveting page-turner, Deborah Ellis's new novel is at once harrowing, inspiring and thought-provoking. And, yes, in the end, Parvana is reunited with her childhood friend, Shauzia.
Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books, c2012
ISBN: 9781554982974
Branch Call Number: J ELL
Characteristics: 201 p. : maps ; 21 cm


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Feb 03, 2018

Amazing work by Deborah Ellis. So heartbreaking when Parvana's ______ died.

Jan 28, 2018

All three books are very sad, but great.

ilovesoup Apr 25, 2014

very sad book, i was almost in tears. they author really understands how to peice a book like this together. every second chapter is a story of her past, and the others are her life now. at the end they connect and the story is told. My favorite red maple book :)

purplebluereader Feb 24, 2014

it is a very great book to read!!

Feb 19, 2014

My name is Parvana is great book and I think the series is awesome. I read the books Breadwinner, Parvana's journey,Mudcity and My name is Parvana. Hope you enjoy the book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

fireblaze7896_0 Jan 31, 2014

I LOVED THIS BOOK!♥ If you read the rest of the series: The Breadwinner, Parvana's Journey & Mud City you will absolutely love this next book in the series. I know I did!

SPL_Childrens Jan 03, 2014

In this long-awaited sequel to The Breadwinner Trilogy, Parvana, now 15 years old, has just survived a horrific tragedy that has killed her mother and destroyed the school for girls. Now Parvana’s own life is in danger. This book has been nominated for the 2014 Red Maple Fiction Award.

MrsBechtelRedMaple Dec 03, 2013

I did really like it but the whole time I was reading I felt like I was missing part of the story which I'm sure came in the first three books. One of my students had read the first three a long time ago and she started this one and said she wanted to wait and re-read the first three again. I'm certain with the background of the story it could be a five star.

sgoronovsky1 Nov 19, 2013

Having read the whole series of books to a few classes, I was so excited to read this final book. I was sad that things had to end so terribly for Parvana. I had imagined a happier ending to things for Parvana.

Aug 03, 2013

Ever since I read the first page of "The Breadwinner" I was fascinated by Deborah Ellis' writing. I love this book so much because it's so inspiring. It really makes you think about what you have. While reading "My Name Is Parvana" my thoughts kept returning to the comparison of my life and Parvana's. It makes you realize how much you have. The book is powerful and well-written as are "Mud City" and "Parvana's Jounrey."

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