Mud City

Mud City

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Baker & Taylor
In order to earn enough money to buy her own passage out of the Afghan refugee camp where she lives, Shauzia dresses like a boy, but is forced into panhandling and ends up in jail, gaining hope only when a well-meaning American family rescues her.

Perseus Publishing
Fourteen-year-old Shauzia dreams of seeing the ocean and eventually making a new life in France, but it is hard to reconcile that dream with the terrible conditions of the Afghan refugee camp where she lives. Making things worse is the camp’s leader, Mrs. Weera, whose demands on Shauzia make her need to escape all the more urgent. Her decision to leave necessitates Shauzia dress like a boy, as her friend Parvana did, to earn money to buy passage out. But her journey becomes a struggle to survive as she's forced to beg and pick through garbage, eventually landing in jail. An apparent rescue by a well-meaning American family gives her hope again, but will it last? And where will she end up? Mud City is the final book in the acclaimed trilogy that includes The Breadwinner (a best-seller) and Parvana's Journey. It paints a devastating portrait of life in refugee camps, where so many children around the world are trapped, some for their whole lives. But it also tells movingly of these kids' resourcefulness and strength, which help them survive these unimaginable circumstances.

This final book of the acclaimed trilogy that includes The Breadwinner and Parvana’s Journey continues the story of Parvana's best friend. Fourteen-year-old Shauzia, has escaped the misery of her life in Kabul, only to end up in a refugee camp in Pakistan. She still dreams of seeing the ocean and eventually making a new life in France.
Shauzia finally decides to leave the camp and try her luck on the streets. She is determined to earn money to leave Pakistan. Peshawar is dangerous and full of desperately poor children like herself, but she has her dog Jasper.She figures she knows how to survive, but an incident with a dishonest man lands her in jail, where she spends the night, terrified and despairing, before she is rescued by well-meaning Americans.
They take her and Jasper to their home in a residential part of Peshawar, and for a time she has a taste of a life where children are safe and have food to eat. But just when she thinks the family will ask her to stay with them, disaster ensues, and Shauzia finds herself driven back to the refugee camp, where she discovers the old choices are not so easy any more.


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& Taylor

In order to earn enough money to buy her own passage out of the Afghan refugee camp where she lives, Shauzia dresses like a boy, but is forced into panhandling and ends up in jail, gaining hope only when a well-meaning American family rescues her. Reprint.

Publisher: Toronto : Douglas & McIntyre, c2003
ISBN: 9780888995421
0888995423
Branch Call Number: YA Ellis
Characteristics: 164 p

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Gwen904
Jan 25, 2018

I liked the story, but Shauzia is SO annoying to read about.

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shahdbanat
Oct 27, 2017

I liked the plot and the story of this book. it was alright, but children in ages 8 - 10 would find it more enjoyable.

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parnoosh
Jul 11, 2016

I really liked this book because of the conflicts that the main character went through. Although it was a good book, I think that the main character was a little too sassy and bossy, but I really like her dog.

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cadet578
Mar 13, 2015

Great conclusion to this great novel series. I found myself talking about it for a year or two after i read it. I was even referring to it a couple times. Great work from Deborah Ellis!

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mishafotovati2002
Sep 14, 2013

i can not wait to read it i am going to get it tomorow

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slowlyfairy4
Jan 09, 2013

the whole series was so good and awesome. my teacher first introduced me the book at school and she corrupted me!!!(which is a good thing) this book was so interesting and detailed i keep rereading it over and over! i really think you should read this awesome book.shauzia's life kept turning and she was so used to her ways she didn't know how to live modernly! i have to say is..... THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD!!!!!!!!

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richgirl967
Aug 03, 2012

The book itself is all right, but my gosh Shauzia annoys me.

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Rori
Jul 24, 2010

I really liked this book, but I was a bit sad it was all about Shauzia

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saphire__257
Feb 28, 2010

Shauzia was one of my favourite characters in the first book and now a book all about her life.

samdog123 Mar 30, 2008

The third book in the trilogy by Ellis concerning child war survivors in afghanistan... the first two are The Breadwinner and Parvana's Journey. This is another winner by Deborah Ellis...suitable for tweens.

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violet_bear_140 Jun 10, 2014

violet_bear_140 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 16

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mishafotovati2002
Sep 14, 2013

mishafotovati2002 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 14

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Mar 25, 2010

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Mar 23, 2009

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librariesandbooks
Mar 09, 2018

"This is where I'm going," [Shauzia] said, more to herself than to Jasper. "And to get there, first I have to be here."
-- Page 29

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