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Kids of Kabul #2020

Kids of Kabul Joint winner of the South Asia Book Award longlisted for the Children s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award selected for the IRA Notable Books for a Global Society List the Bank

  • Title: Kids of Kabul
  • Author: Deborah Ellis
  • ISBN: 9781554981816
  • Page: 125
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Kids of Kabul By Deborah Ellis, Joint winner of the South Asia Book Award, longlisted for the Children s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award, selected for the IRA Notable Books for a Global Society List, the Bankstreet College of Education s Best Children s Books of the Year 2013, the USBBY Outstanding International Book List, and the CCBC Choices ListSince its publication in 2000, huJoint winner of the South Asia Book Award, longlisted for the Children s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award, selected for the IRA Notable Books for a Global Society List, the Bankstreet College of Education s Best Children s Books of the Year 2013, the USBBY Outstanding International Book List, and the CCBC Choices ListSince its publication in 2000, hundreds of thousands of children all over the world have read and loved The Breadwinner By reading the story of eleven year old Parvana and her struggles living under the terror of the Taliban, young readers came to know the plight of children in Afghanistan.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 She interviewed children who spoke about their lives now They are still living in a country torn apart by war Violence and oppression still exist, particularly affecting the lives of girls, but the kids are weathering their lives with courage and optimism I was incredibly impressed by the sense of urgency these kids have needing to get as much education and life experience and fun as they can, because they never know when the boom is going to be lowered on them again The two dozen or so children featured in the book range in age from ten to seventeen Many are girls Deb met through projects funded by Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan cw4wafghan , the organization that is supported by royalties from The Breadwinner Trilogy Parvana s Fund provides grants toward education projects for Afghan women and children, including schools, libraries and literacy programs.All royalties from the sale of Kids of Kabul will also go to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan.

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    1. An outstanding collection of interviews with boys and girls ranging in age from 10 to 17 speaking candidly about living in a country still at war and in an environment where violence and oppression still exists all around them Their lives are full of hardship and painful loss but also resiliency and hope An important, insightful book.

    2. I had the privilege to hear Deborah Ellis speak at my bookstore last fall One of the things she said that stuck with me was how one of her gifts was being able to talk to anyone This gift is in full evidence in Kids of Kabul.Kids of Kabul is a collection of interviews that Ellis conducted with kids between the ages of 10 and 18 who live in Kabul, Afghanistan She interviewed both boys and girls and got them to tell her how they got to Kabul most subjects were born elsewhere and came to Kabul to e [...]

    3. Oh man, this is a hard hitting book Each chapter contains a short interview with a child living in war torn Afghanistan Some of them are faring alright in spite of the suffering they have endured, but all of their stories will break your heart Here are a few snippets that stood out to me No one in this room has a father or husband Faranoz, 14 I like to paint the ocean I have never seen the ocean for real One day I will, when I travel the world as a famous artist I paint it because when you look [...]

    4. Deborah Ellis travels to Kabul and interviews several children who have been affected by the wars of Afghanistan Each interview features a different child in the Kabul area who is struggling in some way Some just want to make enough money to eat for the day others want a chance to go to school I enjoyed reading this book a lot I never thought about the children affected by the war I think I thought about Afghanistan as a whole I understood that each person would be affected in some way, but hear [...]

    5. This books covers 14 different interviews with children of all ages about how their the war in Afghanistan has effected and changed their lives today Its an interesting biography because it is not about one specific person We hear from many different people Great for older kids and class discussions.

    6. An excellent companion title for The Breadwinner Ellis interviews provide so much insight and context into multilayered aspects of life in modern Afghanistan Heartbreaking but hopeful.

    7. Wow, talk about putting things in perspective What amazes me about these children is their optimism and loyalty to country Oh, and the fact that they don t take education for granted I hope the writer will continue to follow these children It s saddening to think about how many of them statistically will not make it into adulthood I thought of the The Kite Runner and my jump into the world of fan fiction when I read this Ellis, Deborah Kids of Kabul Living Bravely Through A Never Ending War.Grou [...]

    8. Kids of Kabul includes the stories of a couple dozen kids from Afghanistan told in their own words Each story begins with a little extra information that does a bit to clarify what the child is talking about for example, why one child used to live in a jail along with her mom or why another young girl is in prison for running away from her abusive, elderly husband The stories all have heartbreaking components, but are also extremely hopeful Reading this book gives hope that the kids will be able [...]

    9. This book gives the moving accounts of several different children living in Kabul, a province in war torn Afghanistan Throughout the book the different children express their fear and familiarity with the horrors that come with war and the reign of the Taliban The book highlights a lot of the oppression that women and girls face because they are viewed as being supremely inferior to men The accounts touch on experiences ranging from children who dig in the trash for a living, to those who have b [...]

    10. Kids of Kabul Living Bravely Through a Never Ending War by Deborah Ellis is a documentary of interviews with adolescents who currently live in Kabul, Afghanistan Many children in Afghanistan have to work to help support their families Some of the jobs include picking up garbage, selling food, washing cars, and hammering metal To the children this is normal everyday life for them, they aspire to succeed and school and live better lives Some children are not given the option to succeed such as Par [...]

    11. Kids of Kabul Living Bravely Through a Never Ending War by Deborah Ellis is a documentary of interviews with adolescents who currently live in Kabul, Afghanistan Many children in Afghanistan have to work to help support their families Some of the jobs include picking up garbage, selling food, washing cars, and hammering metal To the children, this is normal everyday life for them They aspire to succeed in school and live better lives Some children are not given the option to succeed such as Parw [...]

    12. Twenty seven brief vignettes feature boys and girls from the age of 10 to 17 whose stories will tear out readers hearts Readers will recall the author s wonderful Breadwinner trilogy with its endearing protagonist, Parvana, but that story was made up, and these are all the stories of youngsters trying to survive in Afghanistan For those unfamiliar with the country s many conflicts, Ellis provides a brief recap of its struggles and the physical, political, and psychological effects of war on this [...]

    13. Kids of Kabul by Deborah Ellis is a book through which the youngest and most vulnerable citizens in Afghanistan s capital city of Kabul The viewpoint varies every couple pages to allow another child to speak of their personal situation and dreams Doctor, lawyer, college graduate, all relatively attainable titles for dreaming kids here in the United States However, poor eduction or lack thereof prevents many of the dreaming kids of Kabul from accomplishing their goals They are left out of luck, a [...]

    14. Kids of Kabul Living Bravely Through a Never Ending War In 2011 Deborah Ellis went to Kabul to find out what happened to Afghanistan s children since the fall of the Taliban in 2001 This book features about 26 boys and girls who range from ages ten to seventeen that share their experiences living in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan Included in this book are stories told by Afghanistan children about their lives, education, and families as well as information on Afghanistan and lessons in their [...]

    15. This is an extremely affecting book about children living in war torn Afghanistan Despite its short length, you glean a lot about the conditions for adults as well as children in this book Each chapter tells the brief story of a child with a quick intro providing helpful background The children s voices are perfect for this book, because it provides immediacy, authenticity and a lack of bias or agenda in communicating their stories The children endure terrible hardship on a regular basis, and ye [...]

    16. Each young person featured in the book gets her or his own episode of 3 5 pages each Ellis introduces each episode with some important context, and then the remainder of each is in first person biographical form Each story is heartbreaking in its losses and brutalities, and for many you can tell the glimmer of hope they offer in the narrative is not likely to pan out in the coming years One of the difficult things about presenting the man s inhumanity to man theme is that the sheer volume of inh [...]

    17. Kids of Kabul Living Bravely Through a Never Ending War by Deborah Ellis is a documentary of interviews with adolescents who currently live in Kabul, Afghanistan Many children in Afghanistan have to work to help support their families Some of the jobs include picking up garbage, selling food, washing cars, and hammering metal To the children, this is normal everyday life for them They aspire to succeed in school and live better lives Some children are not given the option to succeed such as Parw [...]

    18. Deborah Ellis, author of the award winning Breadwinner trilogy, has assembled an amazing collection of true accounts of tweens and teens living in Kabul, Afghanistan Ellis decided to travel to Kabul to find out how life had changed for these kids since the reign of the Taliban ended there in 2001 Through the stories that these kids share you re able to get a little insight into the positive changes that happened in their lives, but also the challenges and struggles they continues to face One acc [...]

    19. I thought this was a really good book It really opened up my eyes about what it is like for kids in a country during a war It is about kids who are anywhere from 10 to 17 years old who tell stories about their lives It tells hardships they have gone through during the war, and how they helped their families Also, it explains what the economy was like and the differences that they have compared to us We as americans have many rights than them Also their education systems are very poor and they n [...]

    20. Since 2000, Deborah Ellis has spent a lot of time trying to help the children in the war torn country of Afghanistan Royalty money from her wonderful The Breadwinner goes to the Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan and Street Kids International funds, and she has continued her research into the plight of these children in this new nonfiction book.In short chapters, a number of preteens and teens are interviewed about their lives Each chapter starts with a bit of information about one facet of [...]

    21. Kids of Kabul Living Bravely Through a Never Ending War by Deborah Ellis is a documentary of interviews done with 10 to 17 year olds who presently live in Kabul, Afghanistan The country has been at war for than thirty years and children work to help support their families These children do jobs like washing cars, picking up garbage, selling food, and hammering metal to earn money These children see this lifestyle as their normal, but all they want to do is succeed in school and move onto better [...]

    22. The book Kids of Kabul by Deborah Ellis is about children living in Kabul, facing the seemingly never ending war It has the point of view from several different children, from different backgrounds and experiences Even though many of the children are still facing violence and oppression, many still seem to have a sense of hopefulness for the future Several of them are hopeful of becoming doctors or even just finishing out their education They have a drive for success after seeing the tragedies o [...]

    23. Kids of Kabul is a beautiful collection of vignettes capturing older children, preteens and teenagers story of life in the capital city of Afghanistan The book covers both boys and girls and looks at how life after the fall of the Taliban has affected their lives Many girls told stories of not being able to leave their home or not being able to read Meanwhile, many boys shared experiences of having to start work at a young age.These stories allow the reader to gain an understanding of daily life [...]

    24. This book shares the stories of kids ages 10 17 about what life was like before, after, and during the Taliban Its often assumed that because the Taliban is gone, life goes back to the way it was before but thats not the case Afghanistan is still a country at war so it isn t safe Many of the kids are put in orphanages, mental institutions, or sent to live with other family because their parents passed away The thing I loved most about this book was the sense of hope and the ambitions the kids ha [...]

    25. This book is about many different kid that are living in Kabul after the Taliban It gives you a interview of the kid so you know what there going through Most of the interviews are on girls because they have less rights then boys which can make their life much harder The kids are poor and live in rooms that are heated or lighted The adults will yell at kids for going to school There lives that can be very hard I read this book on 10 24 12 it is 137 pages long and a nonfiction book Kids of Kabul [...]

    26. The Taliban doesn t only affect adults, but also young children from the ages of 10 17 This book highlights the lives of 20 children that are trapped by the Taliban and they are given the chance to tell their stories and be heard Many of the children deal with learning how to read and write and simply stay alive everyday The reader is able to see multiple viewpoints from the children.The fact that young children are dealing with such an intense issue is mind blowing and makes the reader take a s [...]

    27. I have read Ellis s fictional series, The Breadwinner, and thought it was a great book for students to learn about the oppressiveness of the Taliban This book is filled will small vignettes from a variety of young people who have grown up under the threat of the Taliban and the constant war I have been reading this book for awhile, but it s perfect for little pieces Each piece showed a different type of life from orphans, to prisoners, to refugees, to those who are back in school I thought these [...]

    28. This was a short read I finished it in under 2 hours After reading all of the individual stories I would say the over arching theme is education Each and every one of them talked about what a luxury it is to learn to read and write What a privilege it is to be able to attend a school Any school Many had lost one or both parents and had struggled at one time to find food and shelter These kids grow up fast in extreme circumstance that most of us can never relate to But they all have dreams Most w [...]

    29. As I read each child s story, I was amazed again and again by the challenges each child faced and the bravery that they possess I found myself than once being grateful and thanking God for the life that I have I enjoyed reading this book and I would definitely recommend it to a middle school or high school student I would have liked the author to expand on the living conditions in Afghanistan as a whole as well as including information on what is being done to help them I also feel that that [...]

    30. A beautifully organized book of stories of teenage Afghani boys and girls struggling for survival in their war torn country written by a premier author of these topics, Deborah Ellis Before each story begins there is a statistic and description of issues that these kids are dealing with from refugee camp living, death, disease, lack of education, abuse, or , it truly gives you faces and anecdotes to what s heard on the news and leaves you smarter about the country and its history but also hope f [...]

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