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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. 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.

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Comments on: "Parvana – Deborah Ellis" (84)

  1. Julia said:

    Pavana is an inspiring book and lovely to read. It is about a girl named Pavana who lives in Afghanistan with her mum, dad, older sister, younger sister and younger brother. Her family struggles to even keep themselves fed and healthy, everyday Pavana and her father would go out to the market to sell the things that they don’t need anymore so they can earn some money to buy food for the rest of the family. One day after Pavana and her father had been out in the market and they had just had dinner, the Taliban barged into her house and found that her father had books that they did not like and took him away. Now that her father is gone there is no one to look after the family so somehow Pavana and her family have to come up with a way no make money for food. The woman are not aloud to go outside without a man because of the Taliban. This is a great book to read and keeps you on your feet, I would definitely recommend if you like a very inspirational story.

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  2. I really like the book Parvana and it made me feel so many emotions while reading it. This book was thrilling and I was on the edge of my seat every time i read a new chapter. The book is about a girl and she is living in Afghanistan and it shows the struggles of people living over there and the families living in those types of countries.

    This book has more then 1 and it is great! they have a different problem and this that are bad for women in Afghanistan. It goes through the rules along the way and shows you have much girls are limited to and what to do. But of course Parvana does not follow by those rules and she is a very courageous girl.
    I love this book and I can’t wait to read ones like it.
    I recommend this to people who like reading about true storyies and people that sad but thrilling books

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  3. I love this book because it sucks you in and you don’t want to put it down. It is a great story on the struggles that third world countries are facing today. I love the story and the way the book grabs you. I would rate this book a 9/10 and reccommend it from ages 10 up!

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  4. Heidi said:

    This story is a story of hope and the hardship of a young girl caring for her family against the Taliban. It’s a story that will make you cry and think about how lucky we are to live in such a lucky country. Even though it’s not a true story I’m sure many people out there in Afghanistan are in the same situation as Parvana was in the book. I defiantly rate this book 4 stars out of 5, and believe me if you love sad, heart-wrenching books this will be the one for you.

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  5. Brooke said:

    This book is about a girl called Parvana who lives in a small unit with her family in Afghanistan. In order for her to look after her ill father and her starving family, she finds the courage to cut off her hair and transform herself into a boy for the time being. She has a lot of obstacles on the way but this book is a very inspirational read and I would recommend it to anyone!!!

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  6. i loved the book so much and i`ve also read parvanas journey and when layla died i was heartbroken the book was wonderful thx

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  7. Maria said:

    I really liked this book because from it I learned a lot more about Afghanistan than I did and I really liked it because Parvana never gave up, whatever obticle there was she woulnd’t stop. I also admired her courage at accept to become a boy to feed her family, I wouldn’t have found the courage at all!

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  8. Parvana is one nail-biting book! I really enjoyed reading this book about the story of Parvana. Parvana is a story of a girl who is undercover as a boy who strives to protect and feed her family under the rules of the Taliban Government. It is truly scary when you can picture Parvana speaking to a real life Taliban soldier when she is undercover as a boy. Parvana just waits until someone find out or sees that she is a girl. My favoutite character in this book was mainly Parvana herself as she is so brave and shows so much courage in so many different ways. I can relate to Parvana when she is scared. I really liked this book and I would recommend it for girls who are 10 years old and over. 10 out of 10!!!! 🙂

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  9. Parvana journal
    Week 1:
    Parvana is such a great book so far. This week I was Word Puzzler. For being Word Puzzler I had to make a word puzzle. The word puzzle that I made was a crossword. I feel lucky for what I own and that I am able to have friends and socialize with other people. At the start the book was a bit boring but I forced myself to keep on reading. When it came to the end of what I had to read for the week, I couldn’t take my eyes of the book. I think it would be very difficult to live under the Taliban there are so many rules it isn’t far for everyone that lives under the Taliban government. If there was no thing as the Taliban Government Afghanistan would be at peace but unfortunately there is the taliban government in Afghanistan. I can’t wait to read more into Parvana! This book has such a great flow so far and I am hoping that it will become even more interesting.
    Week 2:
    This week in Parvana was really good I really enjoyed it. I was Text Selector. For being Text Selector I had to find 5 quotes in the book and what page number it was on. I feel so lucky that I don’t have to dress up as a boy to go outside to get everything for my family and for my family to always rely on me, personally I wouldn’t like my family to always rely on me. Something good about Parvana’s life so far is that she is always with her family, she loves, cares and cherishes her family. She always is spending time with them, everyone in Parvana’s family knows each other better than themselves. The most horrid thing about Parvana’s life is that the Taliban can do anything thing they want to do, they take away family members for no real reason and that puts families into depression. With what we read this week we got introduced to a new character named Mrs. Weera. I can’t wait to find out what is going to happen in the next 39 pages or so in the book for the coming week I can’t wait! Hopefully through this next week Parvana gets more interesting because I am absolutely am loving this book it has to be one of the best books I have read this year so far! Can’t wait to read more of Parvana.
    Week 3:
    This week I was web builder. This task was very easy and fun to do. This week in Parvana was very interesting. At the end of chapter 11 I got scared. In the chapters that we read for this week we got introduced to a new character named Shauzia. When Shauzia came along she put some more character into the book which was really good, I hope that she doesn’t disappear during the rest of the book it would be really upsetting. I am happy that Parvana found one of her old friends and that they stay good friends for a very long time. Somethings that really scared me was when they went to dig up the graves for money and Parvana didn’t really know where she was and also when they eventually got enough money to buy the trays with straps to go around their neck and they went to the satdium and they thought that it was going to be a soccer match but it actually wasn’t it was something where all the men go and some men get their arms cut off. Hopefully in the rest of the book there is a nice and happy ending.
    Week 4:
    This week I was Discussion Director. This week the book was great I loved the ending it is making want to read the Parvana’s Journey, the 2nd book from Parvana. What I found very happy for Parvana and her family was when her father came back home. Parvana’s dad doesn’t know why they let him go and why they even arrested him in the first place. What made me scared and sad was when Parvana found the girl that is hiding in a room without head covering. When Parvana got her out of the dark room and took her back to Parvana’s house the girl started to talk. One thing that the girl said was that she left Mazar because the Taliban came to every door step and killed everyone, even the girls family. Parvana got scared because that’s where Fatima, Nooria and Parvana’s Bother and Sister. Parvana and her dad set off to Mazar to rescue Fatima, Nooria and Parvana’s Bother and Sister. What I hope will happen in the next book is that Parvana and her family will arrive back safely to Kabul, they live a nice life, The Taliban will be gone and that in 20 years time in spring Parvana and Shauzia meet up in France.

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  10. brooke said:

    My thought of what the ending was going to be sort of happened so I was really proud of that because it means that I followed and predict the story well which is good.I really didnt like the ending because parvanas family just disappeared and you don’t know what happened to them and it just ends. I really liked that her father came back to her so that she wasn’t alone for the rest of the book but I don’t understand how and why her father got out of jail,because in our days here they don’t just let people out of jail especially if they just sit out of jail because they cant walk.I also really liked that the two people brought him home because not many people would go out of there way to help some one get home. Besides that I really loved the book and I really want to read parvana journey.

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  11. Lucinda said:

    Parvana was a really gripping story that makes you want to take a stand against the Taliban! I found the last few chapters really gripping and the last page made you want to read the next book in the series, Parvana’s Journey. The story was all about courage and trying to stand up for yourself in dangerous situations, and the book really gave you a wake up call and makes you appreciate everything that you have so much more than you used to. It’s about trying to survive in a dangerous and awful environment and being that desperate to survive that you would do anything. Parvana as a character is brave and courageous, a girl dressing up as a boy, to earn money for their family while her father was in jail. She has a kind and caring personality, but also has a bit of bite in her too, which makes the book much easier to read than having a main character with a curl-up-in-a-ball-and-lie-there-for-eternity person! All in all, I really enjoyed reading Parvana and I can’t wait till I can read the sequel, Parvana’s Journey!

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  12. Claudette Theodore said:

    Parvana is an amazing book full of excitement but extremely sad and horrifying moments. I felt an emotion in almost every single chapter that i read. It is a story about a girl named Parvana and her family who went through many troubles through their lives and were to live under many rules as well as all others that lived in Afghanistan. Parvana lost family members throughout the book and some of then returned. The family finds it hard to cope through life having their father away. Considering he was the only one who could do the shopping (only men could shop in Afghanistan) the family made a clever but terrible decision to make life a bit easier for them. Parvana and her friend Shauzia do many things throughout the book that help the family with money problems but one in particular is really shocking. I would recommend this book for people that are at least 10+ because of the violence with the Taliban and because some things in this book are hard to understand. I felt during this book that I was really in the scene and I could feel the emotions that she as feeling and I was scared for her when some pretty horrible things happened. Lots of surprising things happen throughout this great book but I must say get out the tissue box because it at times can be quite sad.

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  13. I would like to review Parvana. I really enjoyed reading this book & hearing the nail biting story of Parvana. Parvana is a tale of a girl who strives to protect & feed her family under the rules of the Taliban Government…….. As a girl who is undercover as a boy. It is truly scary when you can picture Parvana speaking to a real life Taliban soldier even if she is undercover as a boy. Parvana just waits until someone sees she is a girl. My favoutite character was parvana herself as she is so brave and shows courage in so many ways. I can relate to parvana when she is scared & i like that connection. I really liked this book & would recommend it for girls who are 9+

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  14. Ruby Mccloskey said:

    I love this book!<3 This book is a book to keep you on the edge of you seat. This book shows what courage parvana had to do things she did going to get water without a man and dressing as a boy to help her family survive. I rate this book 8/10 🙂

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  15. Bridey said:

    I love this book because it sucks you in and you don’t want to put it down. It is a great story on the struggles of other cultures. It makes you think how lucky you are and as soon as I had finished I wanted the second one. I would recommend it for people who are 11- 15 because if to young they won’t understand what some of the things are telling people. I give this book a over all rating of 9/10

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  16. I also loved the book Parvana, I would recommend it for girls 10-14 because it is not to confronting but it is very good for learning about the horrible conditions that some people have to be put under. The book keeps you reading and you are always wanting to know what happens next. This book is very easy to get into, I loved this book and it has made me be more interested in other cultures and there beliefs.

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  17. If any of few have ever read this book you would know it has got to be the best you have ever read! I would recommend this book to anybody that loves a page turner and enjoy’s a different emotion on every different page that turns. This book created images like no other, I hope who ever reads it thinks the same because I thought the book was amazing. It taught me what it would be like living in afghanistan.

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  18. I recommend a parvana because it was awesome

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  19. Melina Vittorina Bunting said:

    This is a beautiful book. I read this in year five. Parvana is so brave, to disguise herself as a boy and battling the emotional pain of possibly never seeing her father again. She has such a strong will to do whatever is asked of her. Throughout the whole book I was constantly asking, ‘what will Parvana do next?’. 10/10

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  20. I recommend the book Pavana. I read it and I loved it and it really sad. It is based on a true story.It is set in Afghanistan and Pavana is a young girl. The book shows her struggles to make a life for herself and her family under the harsh rule of the Taliban. The Taliban are very mean and very strict. 1 thing that does happen in the book is that the Taliban go into her home and her father is taken away by soldiers and taken him to jail. What will happen next to Pavana. Will she survive the World of Afghanistan. I would rate this book a 9/10.

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  21. this book is very nice and i really like it i would always read it it iis very very nice

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  22. Olivia said:

    I read this book in year 7 for lit circles, I am so glad I got giving this book as it is probably the best book I have every read. This book shows how unfortunate it is to live in Afghanistan where women have no rights what so ever. It truly is amazing to see how one brave young girl, on a fight to survive in Afghanistan, can also save her whole families life. My favourite character is defiantly Parvana, all throughout this book she show great courage and hope even in the toughest situations. My favourite part of this book is when Parvana showed huge courage and dressed up as a boy in order to survive in the tough conditions. The saddest part in the book is when Parvana’s Dad gets arrested by the Taliban and taken away. It is a truly amazing book about one girls courage and hope to survive. I really recommend this book to everyone! It is a sad book but a really good read. I give it a 10 out of 10- It is truly amazing!

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  23. I read this book in grade 5 and it totally changed the way i viewed the world! I thought that Pavana was brave and a bit out there to do what she had to do to save her family. Pavana is an inspiration because she shows us that you can become what you want to be even if you are a girl living in a Taliban ruled world. It showed me that life isn’t that picture perfect journey and that sometimes life can be tough. I rate this book a 8/10

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  24. I loved the book. I learnt so much in so little time! The way they had to live was terrible, I cant imagine living the way they did, even today there is still war destroying the lives of the Afghanis, I hope in the days to come war will end in Afghanstan! A definite 8/10…

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  25. I always wanted to read Anne Frank but mum wouldn’t let me. She said it would be to violent and that I wouldn’t quite get it. so mum go me Parvana. At first I thought it’s just a book how bad could it be. but I should never jugged this book by it’s cover. the howl book I just cried though it. you can still se the salty tear’s on each page.
    I never really thought of other countries that way until I read Parvana. It is very Interesting but I wish that there was more of an ending.
    My favorite character would have to be the friend She now’s how to have fun and she does the most outrages’t thing just to get money.
    I just wish that the people that live in those conditions did’t get treated so badly.
    I recommend this book to those who can handle the truth.
    hope you liked the book.
    xoxo

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  26. I truely loved this this book. I read parvana in lit circles and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I found this book really opened me up to what the world is really like and how cruel some countries can be. What Parvana had to do to keep her family alive really amazed me, cutting of her hair and dressing up as a boy so that she could earn money for her family at the market is something i couldn’t do. This story really took me on a journey, and is a story i will remember forever.

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  27. i never was going to read this book but it was for school and my english teacher picked it out for me i have read both books and the last book made me cry it was really upfronting to me , it makes me relize how lucky we are to have family and a house to live under, this book is about a girl called parvana she sets of with her father to go and find the rest of her family( you will understand this book more if you read both books) on her travels her father dies but she moves on to find her family she is alone but not for long she goes into a village and finds a baby that is crying and chooses to look after it. its a really good book because it teaches you alot of things like for example i have done a debate at skool about the taliban in afghanistan and bringing our troops back home but we tought of alot of things but the book realy helped me understand about the taliban and what they did
    i recommend this book to people that like true storeys and yea thats all!! xoxo

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  28. A book i have read recently was Parvana. Parvana is a very sad book on a poor girl who loses her father and needs to look after her family at the same time as her father leaves to go to jail. She risks her life to get food and water (needs for at home) and then ends up cutting all her hair of and pretending to be a boy and she runs her dads work for a little while till he gets back. I really love this story and i think it is a truly sad story that turns around at the end. I would recommend this book because the kind of courage you sometimes need to help your love one’s and it shows how lucky we are having no striker rules in the world and as well as a good home and life…

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  29. Parvana was an interesting book. It gave me an insight to the life of the children in Afghanistan and the challenges the face daily. It shows me how lucky I should be in life and that I am in a free country. I recommend this book to those who don’t realise how lucky they really are. 5 stars out of 5! I am now glad that i’ve read Parvana because now I know what life is like over in Afghanistan and how they where treated.

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  30. This book was interesting to read because it gave me an insight into the life of a child like Parvana living in Afghanistan. It shows her struggles to support her family as her father has been taken to prison. Women and girls can’t leave the house without a man so she takes a risk and dresses up like a boy to go and work at a market. It showed me how lucky I am that I have freedom and I am not living under control of some dangerous military group. I am glad that I read Parvana because I liked it and I would recommend it to others.

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  31. I really liked Parvana It is a great book and really shows how other people in Afghanistan are so much less fortunate then us. How could you just start to imagine turing into a boy,cutting off all your hair and seeing some very explicit things. My favourite part of the book would have been when Parvana helped her mother go to try and get her father out of prison and walking all that time and then being beaten and told to get out of here that i thought was just terrible.My favourite character would have to be Parvana because she helped her family go through very hard times in their lives but sacrificed her own life for her family which shows how much she loves and cares for them.I think that it would be really hard for some people to turn into a boy and especially cut all of your hair off but i think that if it was for my and your own family then that is the only thing that matters trying to get your family through rough times just like Parvana did. I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read short books with harsh and very bad conditions of what it is like somewhere other than your life in Australia.

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  32. I would definitlyrecomend parvana to someone who likes a inspiring story! love this book because this little girl parvana is so determined and will stop at nothing to protect,help and make her family proud. The character Parvana is described s well in the book that you feel just the way she does and can relate so much to all the characters.

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  33. i love this book some much in grade 6 i used read this book over and over i can never get enough of this book it’s great some bits i felt were a little sad but it’s a great book.
    I recommend that you read this book right away it’s awesome 🙂

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  34. I recommend reading a book called Parvana. It is a truly amazing book. It really makes you realise how lucky we are and how amazing our lives are. This book is about A young girl called Parvana who lives in Afghanistan with her family. Her father is taken by the Taliban and therefore her family are unable to get the needs they require. Parvana is disguised as a boy and takes the responsibility for protecting and defending her family.
    The best thing about this book is Parvana is such an interesting character and therefore it is easy for the reader to relate to how and what she is feeling.

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  35. Parvana is a great book to read to learn about Afghanistan and the Taliban Rules. I find it really mean that women are treated badly in Afghanistan and that there not allowed to go to school. I recommend you read this if you want to know more about Afghanistan or the Taliban rules. Once you have read Parvana you can read Parvanas journey and Shawsias story.

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  36. I recommend the book Parvana.
    It is a story of a Afghan girl Parvana who cannot go to school or go out any where because of the Taliban. Her dad is taken, so no money is being made. Parvana is turned into a boy and does her fathers job.
    I recommend this book to people who would like to know more about the life in Afghanistan and if you liked the book Boy Overboard, you’ll love this one because it is more detailed about the life in Afghanistan for women. I rate it 9/10 and for ages 11+. Enjoy!

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  37. I really enjoyed this book. It is about a young girls struggle to survive in Afghanistan. It is so addictive! This book has made me see my life completely differently. We are so lucky. My favourite part of the book was when Parvana heard the story of a young girl who’s family had been killed by the Taliban Government. Although it was very sad the writing was so detailed and heart touching. Anyone who loves a sad book that will make you see things differently, this books for you.

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  38. Parvana is a great book, I really enjoyed the high’s and lows in this book, and how much courage one young girl can have ??? I really do feel for all the women in Afghanistan and other male dominated countries , Maybe the Taliban should get a taste of their on medicine!! Why would you pay from your hard earn’t money to watch people die, especially women!!! I recommend this book to people that like thrills and danger but most importantly courage.

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  39. I have read this book in lit circle, and just finished reading it yesterday! I am so glad Parvana was my book for lit circle because i enjoyed it so much. I will miss lit circle because it was fun because you got to think more thourly about the book and do a new puzzle each week. I give this book a 9/10. So good!

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  40. I thought that Parvana was a great and interesting book. When I read it I could really feel what the characters were feeling. Sometimes I just wanted to grab Parvana and to tell her to stop and think about what she was doing and thinking.
    I was angry when hearing about some of the rules the Taliban have made for Afghanistan.
    I recommend this book for boys and girls from about the age 11+ because younger kids wouldn’t understand some of the information.
    I REALLY enjoyed this book, but was a little bit disappointed with the ending.

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  41. The book Parvana is a fantastic book. It does a really good job of showing all of the different emotions that all of the characters are having. It is really sad in some parts but it is balanced with happy parts. I like how there is so much that happens to Parvana but it isn’t confusing. I recommend this book for people who are intersted in Afghanistan and that are the age of 11 or above.

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  42. Parvana is a book, showing you about the culture in Afganistan while the Taliban rule the country. It takes you to another place were costumes are so important. The woman are treated like second class citizens and cannot roam the streets like the males. Parvana dresses up as a boy and provides for the family in the same way her father did. Along her journey she finds a life long friend, who is also doing the same. I would never be able to do that. This book keeps you sitting on the edge of your seat, waiting to find out more. The ending wide open wanting you to read the sequel. I recommend it to all.
    xxxx 🙂

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  43. I thought that this book was really good and descriptive. But I was a bit disappointed at the end because it didn’t really tell me what happened to them even though there is another book to read I still think that there still should have been a stronger conclusion. Overall I think that Parvana was a really interesting book that showed us what life is like in Afghanistan.

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  44. I liked Parvana because it was a good book but i felt sad in some parts of the book. But in some parts it is happy and calm but i felt sorry for Parvana hoe her dad could take her away but at least he came back!!!! 😀 I would recommend this book for 13 and older because it is scary. But i couldn’t stop reading it because it was sooooooo GOOD!!!! 😀 😀 😀

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  45. i liked it because it was a good book but i feel sorry for parvana how her dad took her away but at least he came back id recommend it for 13 and older 🙂

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  46. I read the book Parvana last year and i found it really interesting. It tells us a lot about Afganistan and the Taliban Rules. I liked this book 🙂

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  47. parvana was a fantastic book which takes you on a exiting journey. This book is emotional but it is not to sad to make you cry. I love this book because although it is a fiction book it teaches you about what is really happening in real life. I would defiantly read this book if you are in to books that you can never stop reading!!

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  48. I read the book Parvana. This was a really good book. If your into war books or anything to do with the times of the Taliban then this book is definently for you. Parvana is about a young girl who’s father is taken away and she must cut her hair to look like a boy to work for her family because of the Taliban rules. I didn’t really like the ending because it seemed a little rushed and it all just came rushing in at once and didn’t really answer any of our groups questions that we had. Overall it was a good book 🙂

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  49. Parvana is an amazingly heart touching book. I could barely put this book down. I liked this book because even though it is fiction you know things like this are really happening to people who live in Afghanistan and the writer has done such a great job of telling Parvana’s story. My favourite part of the book is when Parvana dresses up as a boy and takes her little sister, Maryam, outside for the first time in a year and a half! It is so touching and you can feel the happiness that Maryam would be feeling. Defiantly recommend this book.

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  50. Parvana is a great book about a little girl and her family living in afghanistan through the war. When Parvana’s father gets taken away she feels she must do something.
    I highly recommend you read this book and follow Parvana’a journey.

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  51. Parvana lives in Afghanistan and is fighting for her rights. I enjoyed this book so much and it shows how determination can strive you to do things you believe should be done no matter what situation your in. Parvana talks about her life very well and I found it hard to put the book down. I didn’t want it to end because I wanted to hear more and more about her life. It shows how lucky you are to be living where your living

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  52. This book is about a girl called Parvana who lives in Afghanistan fighting for a feminine point of view… I love this book, it just goes to show how brave some people can be even if they don’t have the luxuries that we do. This book is a great book for people who like to read about unfortunate situations. I would rate this book 10/10 because of the way the Parvana talks about her life.

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  53. I absolutely loved Parvana my favourite bit was when she saw the woman’s face in the window and how that woman kept dropping things down the Parvana to sell. i didn’t like the part when the Taliban burst through their front door and took her father. I would recommend it to anyone.

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  54. his book changed the way i see the war in Afghanistan and the world. the hard times she went thorough were so sad and the end just left you wanting more. one of my favourites.

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  55. I learnt so much just from reading this book. From her experiences, the cultural side of the book and how they treat women in Afghanistan.

    Parvana has had such a difficult life. Having your dad being taken away from you would be horrible. I can’t even imagine how she felt. She was beaten up for trying to set her dad free and had to dress up as a boy and cut all of her hair off so she could get food and make money for her family to survive.

    We think our lives are hard having to go to high school, having homework and things we NEED to do.
    Some people don’t even get the chance to learn and go to school.

    This book is truly amazing and you’ll learn so much from it, I know I did. You’ll love it.

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  56. I recommend the book Parvana because its about a girl the age of 11 or 12 and she is living a life of sadness, depression and some happiness.I love this story it is so good plus it tales you a lot about what a good life style we have to her and different life’s.

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  57. If i had of never read Parvana i would not know about the stress, heart-ache and pain all the children, families and parents go through, during time at war. Parvana is written by Deborah Ellis, who wewnt around to Concentration camps in areas around Pakistan and Afghanistan and interviewed Mothers living in the camps about the horrors and trouble of their Journey to get this far. Parvana is a young girl who lives in the Afghanistan capital, she has one dream to run away to France and live there forever. There she would be away from the war. But it isnt that easy. She once was a happy young girl at school with all her friends like every girl at shc but when the war came her life would never be the same. She and her family have to fight for survival but things never get easier they just get harder. Pavana is a young girl who fights for survival. All girls living in war zones are heroes and survivers!

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  58. Parvana is a young girl living in Afghanistan. When her father is taken away, Parvana and her family dicide that the only way that they are able to buy food is if Parvava dress’ up as a boy and does what her father used to do, read and write letters. One day Parvana finds a girl that is to dressed up as a boy, Parvana knew her from the school they used to go to together. She and Parvana find them selves digging up bones, selling things on trays and witnessing cruel things like peoples arms being cut off. They have a strong friendship and know that they can lean on each other. Parvana is getting used to being a boy, but she still misses her father and everyday looks for him. Parvana’s old teacher comes and stays with her family, the family are stronger with her. One day Nooria anounces to Parvana that she is getting married (arranged marraige) and that she will be moving away. Parvana’s mother dicides that with Mrs. Weera she would be making a magazine. Then Parvana’s father returns, and they find that the place where Parvana’s mother is taking Nooria (the older sister) has just been hit by the taliban and was killing everyone. Parvana and her dad dicide to set out to find them. Although Parvana’s world is very confusing, she is still very glad to have her father back.

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  59. this is a great book, it is one of the best books that i have ever read! i enjoyed reading about other cultures and countries. In Afghanistan, women are not allowed to go outside without men, and the soldiers catch you, you can get taken to the jail. Parvana was just sitting in her little house with her mum, dad and two sisters when her door swings open and the soilders searched her house and took her father away. I am not going to say anything more you will have to reads it for yourself. i think that you should read it! 🙂 😀

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  60. This book is about a girl, trying to survive war and also trying to provide for her family. I really liked this book and i recon it is suitable for 8 and over.

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  61. Parvana is a book about a young girl in her teenage years. She lives with her mum, dad and two sisters. Parvana is put at risk when her father is taken away by the soldiers.
    This story is set in Afghanistan.

    In Afghanistan, there is this rule that if you’re a girl and not with your father, husband or brother, and the soldiers catch you, you can get taken to the jail. Parvana was just sitting in her little house with her mum, dad and two sisters when her door swings open and the soilders searched her house and took her father away.

    Parvana and the family had no Idea what happened. Everyday things where flowing through their minds. Parvana didn’t know what was going to happen, as they did not have another boy in the family. So the mother asked for one of the girls to dress like a boy. They all said no.

    Parvana’s mum didn’t know what to do so she just put her foot down and told Parvana she looked like a boy so she would have to shave her hair off. Parvana wasn’t too happy about the situation, but she just did it for the family.

    Everyday, Parvana took off with her little bag and went to the market, where her dad used to work. Parvana was looking around, making sure people wouldn’t notice she was a girl. She had a clothe around her head. She sold a few things everyday and would go to the fruit stalls and buy some fruit for the family.

    Recommendation: This is the best book I have ever read. It tells the true story of a girl in another culture, and how she lives. It is suitable for year 7 and above.

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  62. i love this book 🙂 i have read both this one and the second one and they were great. i really enjoyed learning about the coultral differences and all the suffering and tourmenting parvana went through. this is a really heart felt book about a young girl suffering in her poverty stricken country. i rate it a 4 out of 5

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  63. This is about a girl and her dad has a job he writes letters for people who cant write because maybe they are blind. But he’s not supposed to do that job and one time the government found out and took him to jail parvana and her mum were upset they went out one time to try to get him out of jail but the people found them and bashed and sent them home. they then new that there was no way to get him out of jail. so parvana dressed up in a boy and took over his job. i would recommend this book to people who like true i hope you read it, its really interesting.

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  64. this is a great book ! its about a girl whos father is captured and taken away and since girls arnt aloud to go out side without a male and they dont have any sons (except for one but hes like a baby) the family decides that the daughter Parvana will have to dress as a boy and become the familys provider. She continues her fathers work and and buys food for the family. this is just a great book about a girl showing that she would truly do anything for her family. i reccomend it to anyone who wants a good read

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  65. This is such a touching book. How would you survive in Afghanistan if woman weren’t aloud out with out a male and your father has been captured??? Well knowing what to do or not, Parvana had to do something about it. Parvana has to then do something that is hard to do, CUT OFF ALL HER HAIR!!!! when hard times come up, Parvana is a great person to go to though because of her strong character and ongoing love! READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!

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  66. i think Parvana was an exciting book that got me reading.I would recomend it to anyone who loves a historic read.

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  67. i love this book, it is about a girl in aphganistan who has to pretend to be a boy because her father is taken away. the book is very interesting and once you pick the book up you will not want to put it down. i highly recomend this book to people who like to read about other peoples experiences. 🙂

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  68. Parvana is a young girl growing up in Afghanistan under the stict rules of the taliban. There are many rules that women must follow under taliban like not leaving the house without a man. When the soliders take her father to prison she is forced to help her family when they need her the most.Parvana has to dress as a boy and put her life in risky situations. I really loved this book as it explored the Afghanistan cultre. I definitely recommend this book for you to read. If you loved this book also try the heaven shop by Debroah Ellis, she is a great Author.

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  69. Parvana is a young girl living in Afghanistan while Taliban roam the streets. Women have no rights and are treated like rubbish. They are to remain shut inside or if they want to go out they need a note from a male giving “permission”. All the windows in houses must be painted black so no one can see the women and if they do go out they are likely to be attacked by Taliban.
    Parvana’s life is completely changed when her father is arrested and there is no man left to take care of her mother and sisters. With no other option, Parvana dresses up as a boy and provides for the family in the same way her father did.
    A fantastic book that is very informative and teaches you about the Afghanistan life for women and how they lived. I would rate this book a 4/5 and recommend it to everyone who loves reading.

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  70. Parvana is an excellent novel about a young girl living in Afghanistan. Her father has bad legs and has to be helped to work. when her father gets taken away she has to be the new father and pretend to be a boy for her families safety and wellbeing

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  71. I read Parvana twice, I loved it that much! It was an amazing book that I enjoyed from start to finsh. This book changed what I honstly knew. Its a book that I belive everyone can read. Parvana shows geart courge in this story and I could not imagan being able to do what she did. Soldiers burst into her home and take her father off to prison. Parvana is really scared and there is no way the family can eat beause in her county, when you go down to the shops you must always have a man or boy with you. Others wise the police will come and take you away. Parvava forced to take responsibility for her whole family, Her mother dresses her as a boy, and cuts her hair. Parvava then must go down the street and buy the gorserises to feed her family. This story is an amazing story about the life of Parvana who is only a young girl. Could you image not being able to leave your home without your dad or man with you? Or having to cover all of your body everytime you left your own house? If you like stories like this than this is the the book for you. I recommend it for sure! 😉

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  72. i really enjoyed the book parvana it made me aware of the culture in afganistan, i reccomend it to everyone!

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  73. Parvana is great book for anyone who wants to learn about the culture of other countries. it takes you on a journey to another place where customs are so important, if you disobey them then you could be arrested or even killed.
    Parvana is a story about a girl in a culture where she isn’t allowed out of the house, or she will get into serious trouble. so she dresses up as a boy so that she can get out of the house and explore the streets of her hometown.
    She is dressed as a boy so that she can make money for her family, because her father was arrested and women aren’t allowed outside without a man. her younger brother isn’t old enough.
    This is a fantastic read for lots of people and anyone can enjoy it. There is also a sequel, if you enjoy this book.
    xx

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  74. Parvana is a story about a girl based on the lives of people in Afghanistan. Parvana is a girl in Afghanistan, The Taliban soldiers have taken over the city in which she lives and now her life has changed entirely. When Parvana’s father is arrested (for going to school in england) her family faces a big dilemma – women are not allowed outside without a man – and parvana’s little brother is to young to accompany them. So Parvana’s mother and older sister decide that they will make parvana look like a boy so that she can go outside and make money, and this is her story. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a touching story or who wants to find out what its like to live in Afganistan.

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  75. this book is really lovely its about a girl named parvana her family is sort of lower class and her father i think i cant remember has lost his legs so she has to help him at the markets to get money but after her father gets imprisoned she has to dress up as a boy to help her family survive because women are not aloud out of the house without a male and there are only girls left in the family. this book is a fabulous story of how people live in afghanistan its so well written i recommend it to anyone

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  76. Parvana is a young girl living under the hard conditions of the Taliban in Afghanistan. When her father is forced to leave she becomes the breadwinner of the family. She is forced to become a boy so she can work and earn money for the family. Whilst she does this she somehow stays true to herself and in the end believes she can to it. In english we had to write the next chapter for an assessment task and it just showed how well written the story was. Love the point of view that it’s from. Reccommend to all!!!

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  77. Parvana is a great and interesting read. The style in which it is written is easy to read but still interesting. The story line is quite gripping and you really fall in love with the main character and can feel all her pain.
    Parvana goes through many hardships with them all starting because she is a girl living in Afghanistan. Her family has it okay considering what other families are going through. All of this changes when Parvana’s father is taken off to jail for going to school in England. Her family quickly runs out of food because only the man is allowed out of the house by himself. No one is able to go outside because they are all girls and need a male to get out. Parvana’s mother and her good friend come up with a plan. To turn Parvana into a BOY!!! Well make her look like one at least.
    I definitely recommend this book to read.

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  78. Parvana is a great way to learn something about another culture while reading a gripping story. Before I read this I had little knowledge about Afghanistan and the horrors women face there.
    Parvana is a young girl living in Afghanistan while Taliban roam the streets. Women are treated like dirt they have no rights. They are to remain shut inside or if they venture out they need a note from a male giving “permission”. All the windows in houses must be painted black so no one can see the women and if they do venture out they are likely to be attacked by Taliban.
    Parvana’s life is turned upside down when her father is arrested and there is no man left to take care of her mother and sisters. With no other option, Parvana dresses up as a boy and provides for the family in the same way her father did.
    “Parvana” is a very informative book and I recommend it to people who don’t know much about Afghanistan so they know the kind of horrors that girls around our age are facing in the world. Parvana ends a bit suddenly which is why it is great that there are two more books after it. Give it a try. It is a very easy read with only about two hundred pages and fairly large print. Even people who don’t consider themselves “big readers” are sure to enjoy this.

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  79. I loved this book and really enjoyed teaching it to both Year 7 and Year 8 students.
    They loved the world into which they were taken and the amazing, resilient characters.

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  80. Parvana is set in Afghanistan and is a book about a young girl in her teenage years. Parvana lives with her mum, dad and two sisters and has to live life under the control of an extreme religious group, the Taliban..
    In Afghanistan, there is this rule that if you’re a girl and not with your father or husband, and the soldiers catch you, you can get taken to the jail. One night the soildiers came through their house and took Parvana’s father away. None of the family knew what was going to happen as they didn’t have another boy in the family.So the mother put her foot down and told Parvana she looked like a boy so she would have to shave her hair off. Throughout this book you will learn the harsh laws Parvana has to live by and read the journey Parvana takes. This is a true and inspirational story about a girl who lives in another culture and i would recommend it to everyone.

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  81. Pavana is set in Afghanistan and is about a girl who has to live life under the control of an extreme religious group, the Taliban. Pavana is forced to take responsibility of her family when her dad gets taken away and put into jail. Throughout this book you will learn about the harsh laws Pavana has to live by and read the journey Pavana takes. This is a true and inspirational story that i would recommend everyone to read.

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  82. This is an amazing book and I loved it. If you like true stories this is the book for you.

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  83. Pavana is a great book to learn about culture and Afghanistan… I recomend it to everyone.

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