I belong to the No Name Yet Book Club and we have challenged ourselves to read as many different types and genres of books as possible. Our recent meeting was to discuss this gem of a book, The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis.
The style and language in this book definitely feels like a young person's voice. Parvana is an 11-year-old girl living in Taliban-era Afghanistan. When her father is arrested by the Taliban for having a foreign education the family is left destitute and cloistered in their home. Women cannot be outside without a male relative to escort them. It is decided that Parvana will become a boy which is initially very upsetting to her. They cut her hair and dress her in her late brother's clothes. Parvana can now go out for food, and she reopens her father's letter-writing stall in the market, and she realizes she loves the freedom she has as a boy.
This is an interesting and thought-provoking story for most any age.
There are more books in this series and they are already loaded to my Kobo.