Recently we have completed a set of Literature Circle Meetings on the book The Breadwinner, by Deborah Ellis. Last year we were honored to have her visit our school for an author visit. She visits a lot of the settings that she writes about, such as going to Afghanistan and interviewing the women, who are affected by the religious beliefs of the Taliban. The main character is a girl called Parvana. She lived through a time where the ruins of Afghanistan were controlled by the Taliban. When her father got kidnapped, her family needed an male escort to escort them outside the house (thanks to the Taliban). At a great personal risk, Parvana cut of her hair and pretended to be a boy to buy their daily needs. This book has terrific examples of the concepts of our unit, causation and responsibility. It is caused mainly by poverty and war. Also, the Taliban have a responsibility to control their own country. The Taliban are a group of Islamic religious extremists that took control of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan in September of 1995 while Afghanistan. As you may know, they are the group that was at war with America just a few years ago. I don’t think it has much to do with our central idea, actions can support or deny access to children’s rights and equal opportunities.