I downloaded this book from the library as a trilogy. I finished the first book which was The Breadwinner. It is set in Kabul during the early years of the Taliban domination. I have read a couple of novels with this same setting and they all describe the same tragic environment. The oppression of women and educated citizens is hard for Americans to fathom.
This story was rather simply written so it would be good for a middle grade reader. There is plenty of meat to the story, it is just not terribly complicated writing.
Because this is a trilogy, the first book seemed to end rather abruptly. In time I will try to return to finish the rest of the series. I would recommend this book to any readers that are following any current events in the Middle East right now.
Grade level Equivalent: 5.5
Lexile Measure®: 630
Guided Reading: V