Kids of Kabul by Deborah Ellis
Living Bravely Through a Never-Ending War

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Since its publication in 2000, hundreds of thousands of children all over the world have read and loved The Breadwinner. By reading the story of eleven-year-old Parvana and her struggles living under the terror of the Taliban, young readers came to know the plight of children in Afghanistan.

But what has happened to Afghanistan’s children since the fall of the Taliban in 2001? In 2011, Deborah Ellis went to Kabul to find out. She interviewed children who spoke about their lives now. They are still living in a country torn apart by war. Violence and oppression still exist, particularly affecting the lives of girls, but the kids are weathering their lives with courage and optimism: "I was incredibly impressed by the sense of urgency these kids have — needing to get as much education and life experience and fun as they can, because they never know when the boom is going to be lowered on them again."
The two dozen or so children featured in the book range in age from ten to seventeen. Many are girls Deb met through projects funded by Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, the organization that is supported by royalties from The Breadwinner Trilogy. Parvana’s Fund provides grants towards education projects for Afghan women and children, including schools, libraries and literacy programs.

All royalties from the sale of Kids of Kabul will also go to Women for Women in Afghanistan.

Aftermatter includes a map, glossary, a short history of Afghanistan and suggestions for further reading/resources.

About Deborah Ellis

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Deborah Ellis is the internationally acclaimed author of more than twenty-five books for children, including the Breadwinner trilogy;
Published April 24, 2012 by Groundwood Books. 128 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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The 10- to 17-year-olds interviewed for this collection mostly don't remember the Taliban's fall more than a decade ago, but they can't help but be shaped by the damage the Taliban did to their country.

May 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely...

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During a 2011 visit to Kabul, Ellis (the Breadwinner trilogy) recorded the stories of 27 Afghan children, represented in this stirring collection.

Jun 11 2012 | Read Full Review of Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely...

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