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Ellis, Deborah 1960-

Works: 136 works in 758 publications in 19 languages and 34,546 library holdings
Genres: Juvenile works  Fiction  Biography  Interviews  History  War fiction  Anecdotes  Essays  Personal narratives  Oral histories 
Roles: Author, Film editor, Director, Producer, Editor
Classifications: PZ7.E469, FIC
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Deborah Ellis
Most widely held works by Deborah Ellis
The breadwinner by Deborah Ellis( Book )

153 editions published between 902 and 2018 in 19 languages and held by 3,033 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Because the Taliban rulers of Kabul, Afghanistan, impose strict limitations on women's freedom and behavior, eleven-year-old Parvana must disguise herself as a boy so that her family can survive after her father's arrest
Children of war : voices of Iraqi refugees by Deborah Ellis( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and Chinese and held by 2,535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides interviews with twenty-three young Iraqi children who have moved away from their homeland and tells of their fears, challenges, and struggles to rebuild their lives in foreign lands as refugees of war
Off to war : voices of soldiers' children by Deborah Ellis( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 2,530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have impacted the children of soldiers--men and women who have been called away from their families to fight in a faraway war. In their own words, some of these children describe how their experience has marked and shaped their lives
Jackal in the garden : an encounter with Bihzad by Deborah Ellis( Book )

2 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 2,014 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Born deformed, Anibus is considered cursed and is left in the desert to die, but after being rescued and raised in secret, she leads a nomadic life, finding acceptance with a colony of artists which includes Kamal al-Din Bihzad, the most famous master of Persian painting
Parvana's journey by Deborah Ellis( Book )

38 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in English and Chinese and held by 1,820 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After her father's death, Parvana, now thirteen-years-old, continues to search for her mother in war-torn Afghanistan, joining with two younger children who are also struggling to survive
Mud city by Deborah Ellis( Book )

47 editions published between 1984 and 2017 in 12 languages and held by 1,375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This final book in the trilogy begun in "The Breadwinner" and "Parvana's Journey" paints a devastating portrait of life in refugee camps and shows the resourcefulness of children who endure great suffering there
No ordinary day by Deborah Ellis( Book )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and Marathi and held by 1,117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Valli has always been afraid of the lepers living on the other side of the train tracks in the coal town of Jharia, India, so when a chance encounter with a doctor reveals she also has leprosy, Valli rejects help and begins an uncertain life on the streets.--Résumé de l'éditeur
My name is Parvana by Deborah Ellis( Book )

31 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 914 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Found wandering alone in a bombed-out Afghan school, 15-year-old Parvana mystifies American military forces by remaining silent, while spending her time remembering the past four years of her life, having been reunited with her mother and sisters and living in a village where her mother has finally managed to open a school for girls
Kids of Kabul : living bravely through a never-ending war by Deborah Ellis( Book )

6 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and Persian and held by 899 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since its publication in 2000, hundreds of thousands of children all over the world have read and loved The Breadwinner. By reading the story of eleven-year-old Parvana and her struggles living under the terror of the Taliban, young readers came to know the plight of children in Afghanistan. But what has happened to Afghanistan's children since the fall of the Taliban in 2001? In 2011, Deborah Ellis went to Kabul to find out. She interviewed children who spoke about their lives now. They are still living in a country torn apart by war. Violence and oppression still exist, particularly affecting the lives of girls, but the kids are weathering their lives with courage and optimism: "I was incredibly impressed by the sense of urgency these kids have--needing to get as much education and life experience and fun as they can, because they never know when the boom is going to be lowered on them again." The two dozen or so children featured in the book range in age from ten to seventeen. Many are girls Deb met through projects funded by Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (, the organization that is supported by royalties from The Breadwinner Trilogy. Parvana's Fund provides grants toward education projects for Afghan women and children, including schools, libraries and literacy programs.--Publisher description
We want you to know : kids talk about bullying by Deborah Ellis( Book )

10 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In more than 30 hard-hitting profiles, teens talk about bullying: as victims, perpetrators, and bystanders."
Our stories, our songs : African children talk about AIDS by Deborah Ellis( Book )

3 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 832 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meet the orphans of Sub-Saharan Africa, of which there are 11.5 million
No safe place by Deborah Ellis( Book )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 831 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fifteen-year-old Abdul, having lost everyone he loves, journeys from Baghdad to a migrant community in Calais where he sneaks aboard a boat bound for England, not knowing it carries a cargo of heroin, and when the vessel is involved in a skirmish and the pilot killed, it is up to Abdul and three other young stowaways to complete the journey
The heaven shop by Deborah Ellis( Book )

30 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in 7 languages and held by 793 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Binti and her siblings are orphaned when their father dies of AIDS. Sent to relatives all over Malawi, they suffer increasing hardship until they are reunited through the influence of their formidable grandmother
Three wishes : Palestinian and Israeli children speak by Deborah Ellis( Book )

17 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and French and held by 762 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Deborah Ellis presents stories of the children of Israel and Palestine based on interviews done in the winter of 2002 while in Israel and Palestine. --from publisher descriptioni
The cat at the wall by Deborah Ellis( Book )

10 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A cat sneaks into a small Palestinian house on the West Bank that has been commandeered by two Israeli soldiers. The house seems empty, until the cat realizes that a little boy is hiding beneath the floorboards. Should she help him? After all, she's just a cat. Or is she? She was once a regular North American girl, but that was before she died and came back to life as a cat. When the little boy is discovered, the soldiers don't know what to do with him. It is not long before his teacher and classmates come looking for him, and the house is suddenly surrounded by Palestinian villagers throwing rocks, and the sound of Israeli tanks approaching. As the soldiers begin to panic and disaster seems certain, the cat knows that it is up to her to diffuse the situation. But what can a cat do? What can any one creature do?
Looks like daylight : voices of indigenous kids by Deborah Ellis( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 642 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For two years, Ellis traveled across the United States and Canada interviewing Native children. The result is a compelling collection of interviews with children aged nine to eighteen. They come from all over the continent, from Iqaluit to Texas, Haida Gwaai to North Carolina, and their stories run the gamut; some heartbreaking; many others full of pride and hope
I am a taxi by Deborah Ellis( Book )

16 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Living with his family in a prison in Bolivia due to his parents' convictions for drug trafficking, twelve-year-old Diego does his best to live a normal life, but when his mother receives additional fines, Diego risks everything to earn quick money
Looking for X by Deborah Ellis( Book )

19 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Eleven-year-old Khyber lives with her mother, a former stripper, and her autistic twin brothers in Regent Park, a poor neighborhood in Toronto. But most of the time she's perfectly happy with the way things are. She has her friends, including Valerie, the meanest waitress in the city, and X, a mysterious homeless woman who is always hiding from the "secret place." And she has big plans to explore faraway, exotic places like her namesake, the Khyber Pass
Women of the Afghan War by Deborah Ellis( Book )

12 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sacred leaf by Deborah Ellis( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twelve year old Diego escapes from slavery at an illegal cocaine operation and is taken in by the Ricardos, coca farmers
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Off to war : voices of soldiers' children
Alternative Names
Alīs, Dībūrā

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Ellis, Deborah Eileen 1960-

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עליס, דבורה, 1960-

엘리스, 데보라 1960-

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Children of war : voices of Iraqi refugeesOff to war : voices of soldiers' childrenJackal in the garden : an encounter with BihzadParvana's journeyMud cityNo ordinary dayWe want you to know : kids talk about bullyingOur stories, our songs : African children talk about AIDS