Have you ever read anything by Deborah Ellis?

24 Mar

Hello my friends!

Over the past few weeks, I have read several books by Deborah Ellis. I’ve read her trilogy that includes The Breadwinner, Parvana’s Journey, and Mud City. I’ve also read No Ordinary Day, which takes place in India, rather than Afghanistan. All four of these books are realistic fiction, but they’re not your typical school stories. Realistic fiction takes on a whole new meaning when you are reading about real life halfway around the world. 

In the Breadwinner trilogy, we experience life through Parvana, a young girl living in Afghanistan under Taliban rule. An interesting thing about this book is that it was first published just before 9/11, so the Taliban was not well-known, especially to American students. Women had to stay inside and didn’t have the same rights as men. Girls couldn’t even go to school, and most books were against the law. When Parvana’s father disappears in the middle of the night, she must find a way to earn money to get food for her family. How can she do that when she can’t even leave the house?

No Ordinary Day takes place in India, and is a very different story. Valli is an young girl who scavenges chunks of coal to help her family. What she doesn’t know, is that she’s an orphan, and her family doesn’t want her. Valli decides she must try to make a life for herself, even though she has almost no education and no idea where to go. Will she survive on her own, or will she run into even more trouble?

One reason I really enjoyed these books is the settings. So many of our most popular realistic fiction books take place in America, Canada, or maybe England. This is a true glimpse at what life is really like in other places for kids who could be just like YOU. Reading books like this makes us better people because they help us understand how other people live.

The next time your teacher suggests a realistic fiction book, surprise them by picking something unusual and out of the ordinary. Pick something by Deborah Ellis.

 

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One Response to “Have you ever read anything by Deborah Ellis?”

  1. Julianna M. June 17, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    I have never read a book by Deborah Ellis. I haven’t heard about that author

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