Study Guide

The Breadwinner Characters

By Deborah Ellis

Parvana

Parvana is not your typical eleven-year-old girl, but she would certainly like to be. She is...

Father

Father may be frail and old at first glance, but he is the family patriarch, and a source of...

Mother

Mother is one resilient woman. Thanks to the Taliban, she's lost a son, her career, her house,...

Nooria

Nooria is a typical older sister—she's bossy and controlling and most of the time you just...

Mrs. Weera

What do you get when you cross a linebacker with the team's mascot? Why Mrs. Weera, of course. A...

Shauzia

Shauzia, like Parvana, dresses up like a boy to support her family. She was Parvana's classmate...

Ali and Maryam

Parvana's little brother and sister haven't been out of the house in eighteen months, and since...

Hossain

Hossain was killed by a land mine when he was fourteen, before our story begins. And though this...