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11 year old Parvana is trying to grow up in war-torn Afghanistan. With the Taliban ruling the already extremely poor country, her family is struggling to survive. Women are under very strict laws and they are forbidden to leave the house without a man or show any part of their bodies in public. Parvana dresses up as a boy so that she is able to work to earn some money for her family.
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Her parents and siblings go out of town for her older sister's wedding. The Taliban take over that city banning all people to travel to and from that city. Parvana finds herself alone, without her family. She leaves to try and find a food and shelter. She meets a couple of other kids on her journey and they become a family.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   women fighting for rights    -   surviving repressive dictatorship Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Arab/Muslim Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Age 11-14 Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   a kid Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Other Asian


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   9 () Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   The 'stans

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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