Kids of Kabul

Kids of Kabul

by Deborah Ellis


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Since its publication in 2000, hundreds of thousands of children all over the world have read and loved The Breadwinner, the fictional story of eleven-year-old Parvana living in Kabul under the terror of the Taliban.

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. The twenty-six boys and girls featured in this book range in age from ten to seventeen, and they speak candidly about their lives now. They are still living in a country at war. Violence and oppression exist all around them. The situation for girls has improved, but it is still difficult and dangerous. And many children — boys and girls — are still supporting their families by selling items like pencils and matches on the street.

Yet these kids are weathering their lives with remarkable courage and hope, getting as much education and life experience and fun as they can.

All royalties from the sale of Kids of Kabul will go to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (, which administers Parvana’s Fund, supporting schools, libraries and literacy programs for Afghan women and children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554981823
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 751,911
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Deborah Ellis is the author of more than two dozen books, including The Breadwinner, which has been published in twenty-five languages and was recently adapted into a feature-length animated film and a graphic novel. She has won the Governor General’s Award, the Middle East Book Award, the Peter Pan Prize, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award and the Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work. She has received the Ontario Library Association’s President’s Award for Exceptional Achievement, and she has been named to the Order of Canada. She has donated more than $1 million in royalties to organizations such as Women for Women in Afghanistan, UNICEF and Street Kids International.
Deborah lives in Simcoe, Ontario.

Read an Excerpt

I used to think, if only I could read, then I would be happy. But now I just want more! I want to read about poets and Afghan history and science and about places outside Afghanistan.
— Faranoz, 14

I try to remember that my house is not me. Where we live it is very, very bad. We have no clean sheets, no beds. We sleep on the floor. We try to keep it clean but there is mud when it rains and dust when there is no rain. We have no electricity, just a little oil lamp that we light to do our home-work, but we must work quickly and not waste the oil.

— Sharifa, 14

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From the Publisher

Winner of the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction

Finalist for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award

Winner of the South Asia Book Award

An IRA Notable Book for a Global Society

A Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year

A USBBY Outstanding International Book

A CCBC Choice Book

“This nuanced portrayal of adolescence in a struggling nation refrains, refreshingly, from wallowing in tragedy tourism and overwrought handwringing.” — Kirkus Reviews

“It’s a gritty, poignant, and intensely personal glimpse into the effects of war and poverty.” — Publishers Weekly

“Each of their stories is introduced with relevant, contextual, cultural details from Ellis’ sharp observations.” — Smithsonian

“With a succinctly written opening for each interview, Ellis provides valuable historical, social, political and cultural context. A beautifully written introduction, thorough glossary and a list of organizations and books for additional information further round out the book. A must have for most libraries.” — CCBN

“Young readers will likely appreciate Ellis’s approach, which renders social and political trends in one of the world’s most volatile regions accessible by focusing on the experiences of kids their own age.” — Quill & Quire

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