The Breadwinner (11 years and up)
The Breadwinner tells the compelling story of Parvana, a young girl who must cut off her hair and disguise herself as a boy to become the breadwinner for her family when her father is unfairly imprisoned in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. This is the perfect story to broaden the perspective of young adults and comes recommended by no less than Bill Gates and Angelina Jolie. It was recently turned into a compelling Oscar nominated film and graphic novel. Nord Anglia’s Global Campus Online features exclusive interviews and student-led discussions with author Deborah Ellis, so now is the perfect time to read this book!
These two titles are supported by excellent free resources which can be downloaded and shared with children to explore and discuss the important issues they raise.
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What is the Global Library?
It is no fairy tale to say the stories we read when we’re young profoundly influence the rest of our lives. Books don’t just help us make sense of our world; they also prepare us for academic success. Nord Anglia’s Global Library is a worldwide reading club across all 56 Nord Anglia schools, where students of all age groups can enjoy a shared reading experience through debates, competitions and reflections with a worldwide network of engaged, open minded readers. Students also have opportunities to connect with the world’s greatest writers, illustrators and thinkers either face to face or online.
The recommended books contain something for everyone, with contemporary and classic fiction, non-fiction, poetry and graphic novels included for every age group. It specifically features accessible, exciting and inspiring stories from diverse countries, and includes bilingual titles to allow students to share stories in multiple languages. Some books even supplement Nord Anglia’s global partnerships with Juilliard and MIT.
The Breadwinner and Malala’s Magic Pencil are our “One World One Book” titles for the Global Library, which means they are accompanied by Global Campus projects that tie into this year’s sustainable development goals. This way, students are even more engaged when reading.
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