Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

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The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

Groundwood Books, 2000

One day, Parvana's father is arrested by the Taliban - the extreme religious faction that controls Afghanistan - and the family is left without anyone to earn money and shop for food. Forbidden to work as a girl, Parvana must transform herself into a boy to save her family.

The Breadwinner is a novel about loyalty, survival, families and friendship under extraordinary circumstances. A map, glossary and author's note provide young readers with background and context.

Awards and Nominations:

  • Nominee, Red Maple Award (2001)
  • Winner, Middle East Book Award (2002)
  • Nominee, Golden Oak Selection (2003)
  • Nominee, Hackmatack Award (2003)
  • Selected, Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Award (2003)
  • Shortlisted, Rocky Mountain Book Award (2003)
  • Winner, Swedish Peter Pan Prize (2003)
  • Nominee, SYRCA Diamond Willow Award (2003)
  • Selected, YALSA PPYA (2003)
  • Nominee, Young Jury Awards (Netherlands) (2004)

From the catalogue. Read more about The Breadwinner at the Groundwood Books website.