My Name Is Parvana

Ellis, Deborah

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
My Name Is Parvana
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, Ont. : Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press ; Berkeley, CA : [Distributed in the USA by] Publishers Group West, 2012
ISBN: 1554982979
Branch Call Number: y ELLIS 2012
Characteristics: 201 p. :,maps ;,21 cm


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When men threaten her school and her family in Afghanistan, Parvana 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.

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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 :)

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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!

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.

Dec 03, 2013
  • MrsBechtelRedMaple rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Nov 19, 2013
  • sgoronovsky1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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
  • niku1234 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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."

Apr 14, 2013

very sad but inspriring. great book. will recommend to every1 who loves history.

Dec 09, 2012
  • sential rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

When I was a kid, I was fascinated with a new series called "The Breadwinner" by Deborah Ellis. It was about a girl in Afghanistan and how after her father is imprisioned by the Taliban, she dresses as a boy to earn money in order to feed her family. That book was followed by "Parvana's Journey" And finally "Mud CIty"

All of these years later, readers wondered what ever happened to Parvana? This book, "My name is Parvana" details Parvana's continal, harsh life in Afghanistan. I liked this book purely for finding out the adventure of this next chapter in Parvana's life. But my favour of this book pretty much ends there.

Beyond that, I actually didn't like Parvana in this book as I had adored her as a child. In this book she's illogical, stubborn, selfish, arrogant and entitled. Not the giving, kind soul that found herself in a sad situation as a child. In this book she is still very determined, but lacking focus. Robbed of her childhood, she daydreams and acts as a child even though she is 15.
The writing style is also different as each odd chapter jumps back and forth between the present and the past leading up to the present. However, there is much of the plot that is not explained, details not explored, conclusion is abrupt, and pretty fanciful-that she gets rescued just in the nick of time.I would have also liked to have seen more development of Asif and Hassan, characters from the previous three books that barely have the spot light in this book. Unfortunately, while I was excited to read this book, it was a bit of a let down.

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Jan 03, 2014

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Aug 03, 2013
  • niku1234 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Apr 14, 2013

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