Review: The Shepherd’s Granddaughter

The Shepherd’s Granddaughter by Anne Laurel Carter

Parvana’s Journey was not the most auspicious start to my highly anticipated young adult and children’s literature class—its quest for social justice and awareness about the situation in Afghanistan left several things by the wayside, such as plot and character development. When I saw that The Shepherd’s Granddaughter had also been published by Groundwork Books, the publishers of Parvana’s Journey, I approached the book with some trepidation—but I needn’t have feared.

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Review: Parvana’s Journey

Parvana’s Journey by Deborah Ellis

The young adult and children’s literature class at my school is always in demand; my class is pushing into the upper twenties, which is huge for my small college. This semester, there’s a focus on social justice in the works selected for this class, which include Speak and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. The first book in the pipeline is Parvana’s Journey, the middle installment in an apparently popular children’s trilogy that begins with The Breadwinner, which concerns children in war torn Afghanistan (which, sadly, is Afghanistan at any point past 1979).

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