Pravana, whose father was arrested by the Taliban--the radical religious faction controlling Afghanistan--and whose family lives in one room of a bombed-out apartment building, must disguise herself as a boy to work and support her family. Reprint.
In this novel set in war-torn Afghanistan, an 11-year-old girl named Parvana takes desperate measures to help her family survive. Because Afghanistan's Taliban regime has ruled that only men may work or earn money--and that women may not even venture out of their homes unless they are accompanied by a male relative--Parvana takes the extreme step of disguising herself as a boy in order to support her family after her father is arrested and taken away by the government.
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Subgenre: People + Places / Asia, Girls + Women, General