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Mud City (2003)

by Deborah Ellis

Series: The Breadwinner (3)

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Fourteen-year-old Shauzia, an Afghan refugee living in a camp in Pakistan, determines to find a way to fulfill her dreams of seeing the ocean and beginning a new life in France.

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I really like this book, I feel that I have a better understanding of Middle Eastern culture with reading this story. The suffering of the young girl really connected with me throughout the novel. When Shauzia was attempting to collect money, she was caught in a scam and this really broke my heart. I also really liked the author’s voice throughout the novel, I would read any of her work. The overall message is that hard work and determination will get you through any tough situation, such as the main characters in this story.
  achamb15 | May 13, 2015 |
I really loved this book. It was so eye opening. And I would recommend it to anyone!!! ( )
  Elliepoole | Feb 4, 2014 |
I really liked this book and I thought it was a fun book to read. ( )
  lizardferret | Oct 16, 2013 |
The third book in Deborah Ellis's much-heralded Breadwinner Trilogy, Mud City follows the story of fourteen-year-old Shauzia, whose friend Parvana's story is featured in The Breadwinner and Parvana's Journey. Restless and unhappy in the women's compound of an Afghani refugee camp, Shauzia disguises herself as boy and seeks employment in the Pakistani city of Peshawar. But after a brief incarceration and an unsuccessful sojourn with an American family, she finds herself back where she started, slowly realizing that for a refugee, there is no easy escape...

Although it offered some welcome insights into the difficulties faced by refugees, as well as the cultural misunderstandings that frequently occur between westerners and the people of Afghanistan/Pakistan, I did not find Mud City as powerful a reading experience as the previous two in the series. I am unsure whether this is owing to the slightly less traumatic nature of the events chronicled, to the high expectations generated by the excellence of the first two titles, or to the fact that Shauzia makes a less likable heroine than Parvana. However that may be, although I would not rate this as highly as the others, it is still a worthwhile read, particularly given the dearth of good reading material for young readers about that part of the world. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jul 3, 2013 |
So heart wrenching sad that kids grow up like this but Shauzia restores some of my faith in humanity.

I really loved this book - highly recommended. ( )
  ferrisscottr | Jun 18, 2013 |
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Fourteen-year-old Shauzia, an Afghan refugee living in a camp in Pakistan, determines to find a way to fulfill her dreams of seeing the ocean and beginning a new life in France.

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