Breadwinner Quotes

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Quotes to make connections, predictions, and questions prior to reading The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

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The Taliban had ordered all the girls and women in Afghanistan to stay inside their homes.

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Parvana had to leave her sixth grade class and her sister Nooria was not allowed to go to her high school.

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For more than a year now, they had all been stuck inside one room, along with five year-old Maryam and two-year-old Ali.

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Parvana did get out for a few hours most days to help her father walk.

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Now the customer asked her father to read his letter again. "Read it slowly, so that I can remember it for my family."

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They had a big house with a courtyard, a couple of servants, a television set, a refrigerator, a car.

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Bombs had been part of Pravana's whole life. Every day, every night, rockets would fall out of the sky, and someone's house would explode.

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The word Taliban meant religious scholars, but Parvana's father told her that religion was about teaching people how to be better human beings, how to be kinder.

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Kabul had once been beautiful. Nooria remembered whole sidewalks, traffic lights that changed color, even trips to restaurants and cinemas...

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The whole family was laughing when four Taliban soldiers burst through the door.

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Helping Mother down the broken stairs was a little like helping Father, as the billowing burqa made it hard for her to see where she was going.

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Photographs were illegal. Any one of these people could turn Parvana and her mother over to the militia.

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The prison was dark and ugly, and it made Parvana feel even smaller.

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"We are Afghans. This is our home. If all the educated people leave, who will rebuild the country?"

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"As a boy, you'll be able to move in and out of the market, buy what we need, and no one will stop you," Mother said.

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"Mrs. Weera and I are going to work together," Mother announced. "We're going to start a magazine."

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"What the bombs didn't get, the bandits did. Makes it easier to move, though, doesn't it?"

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There wasn't a single intact building in the whole area, just piles of bricks, dust and rubble.

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All she could remember was that some were disguised as toys-special mines to blow up children.

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"When we're rich old ladies, we'll drink tea together and talk about this day."

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"These are unusual times. They call for ordinary people to do unusual things, just to get by."

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"It's awfully quiet for a soccer game," Shauzia said.

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Several soldiers held him down, his arm stretched across the table-top.

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"I'm saving money, a little bit each day. I'm getting out of here."

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"I just want to be an ordinary kid again... sit in a classroom and go home and eat food that someone else has worked for."

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...Pravana saw tribal peoples from Bamiyan, from the desert region near Kandahar (Qandahar), and from the Wakhan Corridor near China.

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I'll be living in Mazar-e-Sharif, in the north. The Taliban aren't in that part of Afghanistan.

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She'd seen the Taliban hit a child for banging on an old board like it was a drum. The Taliban hated music.

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