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Parvana’s life changes suddenly when the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan. Both of her parents loose their jobs; her mother is unable to work because the Taliban has forbidden women to work, and her father’s high school was bombed during a raid. Parvana is no longer able to attend school, and she must accompany her crippled father every day to the market to earn money by reading and writing letters for the largely illiterate population of Kabul. When Parvana’s father is captured and arrested by Taliban soldiers, it is up to Parvana to support her family on her own. Parvana disguises herself as a boy so that she can freely roam the city without suspicion. She earns money in any way she can: by writing letters, digging up bones from corpses, and selling cigarettes with her friend Shauzia. One day she discovers a young woman refugee hiding, and Parvana brings her home to keep her safe. Finally Parvana’s father returns home, to Parvana’s great joy. At the book’s end, the family’s future is still uncertain, since Parvana’s mother, sisters, and brother, are en route to another town that has been suddenly captured by the Taliban, and Parvana and her father must travel to meet them.

Who are the Taliban?


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After the Taliban?


What is happening in Afghanistan today?????

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