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One More Mountain

Authored by Deborah Ellis
Published by Oxford University Press

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One More Mountain is the fifth book in the Breadwinner series by peace activist and author Deborah Ellis. Ellis’ work reflects the human rights of Muslin women and children and this book is no exception. One More Mountain follows well-loved characters from the series, Parvana and Shauzia, living in Afghanistan the summer of 2021. Set twenty years on from the first book in the series (The Breadwinner) the duo continue to fight for independence and freedom with the magnetic force of duty and family driving them forward. Parvana’s son and sister are trying desperately to get the last flight out of Kabul when tragedy strikes. Will the Taliban again thwart Parvana and Shauzia’s journey to lead the girls in their care to safety?  Will families be reunited within the war-torn country?

Similar in theme to The Silver Sword by Ian Serrailler and Looking at the Stars by Jo Cotterill, this book is best suited for mature readers aged 14+. There are several violent and disturbing scenes in the book which must be handled with care when recommending on.  Award-winning author Deborah Ellis is renowned for her works of fiction and non-fiction, portraying the lives of women and children in challenging circumstances around the world. It is essential that works such as this that portray the real-life struggles of people around the world are available, however, these works must also be shared with care and attention, providing space for readers to open up dialogue and discussion about the themes presented.

One More Mountain is a story of power, sacrifice and the drive to continue fighting for your beliefs. To fully appreciate the depth of characters of Parvana and Shauzia, I would recommend reading the entire Breadwinner series as this can provide the opportunity to experience character growth in years and perspective, as the challenges of real-life persist. Connections can also be made to Malala Yousafzai, a woman executed by the Taliban for publicly promoting education for girls. This gritty portrayal of real-life for many women and children around the world can promote a sense of activism, the desire to fight for a more equitable future.