Parvana is the protagonist of the book "Breadwinner".She is an 11 year old Afghan girl who lives under the oppression of the Taliban,once her father is taken away though,she has to step up to help her family.
Nooria is Parvana's older sister.She is a 17 year old teenager who lives with Parvana and their family in a small apartment.She constantly teases Parvana,she also seems closer to their mother than Parvana.
Mother is the mom of:Parvana,Maryam,Nooria,and Ali.After Dad gets taken away,she enters a deep depression that forces Parvana to go outside and get food for the whole family.She only exits it when Mrs.Weera comes to help.
Shauzia is a girl that went to school with Parvana before the Taliban came.She met Parvana when they both faked being boys to earn food.She wishes to escape to Pakistan to sail away to France.
Mrs.Weera is Parvana and Shauzia's old gym teacher before the Taliban took over.Parvana met her after running away from a Taliban soldier,she came home with Parvana to help them and her mom.
Maryam is Parvana and Nooria's little sister.SHe is five years old and very energetic and happy.