15th Anniversary of The Breadwinner

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Deborah Ellis reflects of the 15th Anniversary of The Breadwinner below and Groundwood Books releases beautiful new covers for the series.

“It’s been thirty-six years since the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. It’s been twenty-six years since their departure marked the start of the bloody civil war. It’s been nineteen years since the capture of Kabul by the Taliban army, and fourteen years since that terrible day in September that unleashed events leading to the Taliban’s removal from power.

That’s an awful lot of war for a country that’s barely the size of Texas.

My involvement with Afghanistan began when the news of the crimes of the Taliban hit the Toronto newspapers back in l996. Since then, I have been trying to understand what war does to people.” —Deborah Ellis

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