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Read To Speak Adult ESL Book Club - Downtown Fridays

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Toronto Public Library - Sanderson Library

327 Bathurst Street

Toronto, ON M5T 1J1

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Date: Friday November 30th, 1 - 3pm

1 meeting remaining (December 14)

Book Title: Parvana's Journey

Author: Deborah Ellis

Chapters: 17, 18 & 19

Summary of Chapter 17

The children didn’t understand why people were bombing and killing. They also didn’t understand who was doing the bombing and killing. One night Leila asked Parvana: “Who do the bombs kill?” Parvana didn’t like the answer, but she didn’t want to lie: “Children like us.”

The children didn’t know if they would survive much longer because of the bombs, but also because they didn’t have enough to eat or drink. Hassan was really weak. They met a family one day and started to beg for food or water. But the family couldn’t offer anything. They were as poor as the children. They had a baby too, and he looked just as tired and far away as Hassan did. The family told them about a camp for refugees, and they told the children how to get there.

Listen to Ch 17: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3ixElRU36A

Questions:

1. The children don’t even know who is dropping the bombs, or why. What point do you think the author is making by including this fact?

2. What do we learn about what happened to Asif?

Summary of Chapter 18

More bombs exploded during the daytime as the children walked along the road. They couldn’t help anyone, and nobody could help them. They were starving and thirsty, and Hassan was sick. They finally arrived at the refugee camp and found a lot of people and tents.

Listen to Ch. 18: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBo_FguZEDA

Questions:

1. Write a list of words that you think would describe the constant bombing and horror during this part of the children’s journey.

2. Where do the children arrive? Do you predict that the children will be happy there?

3. Parvana says, “The part of me that’s me is gone” (page 169). What do you think she means? How does Asif make her feel better?

Summary of Chapter 19

The children went to the medical tent with Hassan. A nurse told them she didn’t know if Hassan would survive, but she’d try her best. She gave them some soap and a piece of plastic to make a tent outside. The best thing about the camp as that they could get bread and water, but only after a whole day of standing in the line. Parvana became the one who did this, while Leila looked after their belongings and Asif visited Hassan.

Listen to Ch. 19: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7C1Ts5lVCU&t=16s

Questions:

1. Why is Parvana excited to talk to the nurse from France?

2. Compare your prediction of how the children would react to the camp with this chapter’s description of their reaction.

3. What are the good things about the camp? What are the frustrating things about it?

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