Published by Groundwood Books
Summary: Parvana lives in a one-room apartment with her family in Kabul, Afghanistan. Following the takeover of the city by the Taliban, her history teacher father no longer has a job, and her mother, like all women, must stay hidden as much as possible. Parvana helps her father as he earns money on the street reading and writing letters for people, but when he is arrested for selling books and sent to jail, she can no longer work. As her family descends into starvation, Parvana decides to disguise herself as a boy to find jobs and try to get her father out of prison. Danger and desperation are everywhere, and while Parvana succeeds on some level, it’s clear that many hardships lie ahead for her family beyond the last page. 80 pages; grades 4-8.
Pros: A compelling story that celebrates one family’s resiliency in a dark and dangerous world. I haven’t read the original trilogy by Deborah Ellis or seen the animated film from 2017, but this graphic novel will undoubtedly inspire many readers to seek them out.
Cons: At 80 pages, the story was a little bare bones, and I’m sure excludes a lot from the original novel.