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Ellis, Deborah 1960-

Works: 200 works in 932 publications in 13 languages and 34,836 library holdings
Genres: Juvenile works  Fiction  Literature  Biography  Interviews  War fiction  Drama  Animated films  Film adaptations  History 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Editor
Classifications: PZ7.E469, FIC
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The breadwinner by Deborah Ellis( Book )

84 editions published between 2000 and 2018 in English and Chinese and held by 2,902 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
Off to war : voices of soldiers' children by Deborah Ellis( Book )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 2,631 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
Children of war : voices of Iraqi refugees by Deborah Ellis( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in English and held by 2,585 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, Deborah Ellis turns her attention to the most tragic victims of the Iraq war -- Iraqi children. She interviews young people, mostly refugees living in Jordan, but also a few who are trying to build new lives in North America. Some families have left Iraq with money; others are penniless and ill or disabled. Most of the children have parents who are working illegally or not at all, and the fear of deportation is a constant threat. Ellis provides an historical overview and brief explanations of context, but other than that allows the children to speak for themselves, with minimal editorial comment or interference. Their stories are frank, harrowing and sometimes show surprising resilience, as the children try to survive the consequences of a war in which they played no part. A glossary, map and suggestions for further information are included
Women of the Afghan War by Deborah Ellis( )

14 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 2,247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Parvana's journey by Deborah Ellis( Book )

82 editions published between 2002 and 2018 in 11 languages and held by 2,125 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
Jackal in the garden : an encounter with Bihzad by Deborah Ellis( Book )

2 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,983 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
Mud city by Deborah Ellis( Book )

53 editions published between 1984 and 2018 in 10 languages and held by 1,346 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 )

11 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After learning that her family adopted her, Valli runs away from home to live on the streets of Kolkata, India, where she begs, steals, and resists help from a doctor who reveals that she has leprosy
No safe place by Deborah Ellis( Book )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Japanese and held by 1,152 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
Kids of Kabul : living bravely through a never-ending war by Deborah Ellis( Book )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2018 in English and Persian and held by 1,116 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
My name is Parvana by Deborah Ellis( Book )

36 editions published between 2012 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 1,078 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's finally managed to open a school for girls
The breadwinner by Saara Chaudry( Visual )

6 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 1,039 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Parvana is an eleven-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy in order to support her family. Working alongside her friend Shauzia, Parvana discovers a new world of freedom, and danger. With undaunted courage, Parvana draws strength from the fantastical stories she invents, as she embarks on a quest to find her father and reunite her family
We want you to know : kids talk about bullying by Deborah Ellis( Book )

11 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 937 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In more than 30 hard-hitting profiles, teens talk about bullying: as victims, perpetrators, and bystanders."
Three wishes : Palestinian and Israeli children speak by Deborah Ellis( Book )

20 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and French and held by 887 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
Our stories, our songs : African children talk about AIDS by Deborah Ellis( Book )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 803 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meet the orphans of Sub-Saharan Africa, of which there are 11.5 million
The cat at the wall by Deborah Ellis( Book )

17 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 782 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 )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2018 in English and held by 755 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
The heaven shop by Deborah Ellis( Book )

27 editions published between 2004 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 753 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
I am a taxi by Deborah Ellis( Book )

22 editions published between 2006 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 713 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
Sacred leaf by Deborah Ellis( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 499 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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Children of war : voices of Iraqi refugees
Off to war : voices of soldiers' childrenChildren of war : voices of Iraqi refugeesWomen of the Afghan WarParvana's journeyJackal in the garden : an encounter with BihzadMud cityNo ordinary dayNo safe place
Alternative Names
Alīs, Dībūrā

Deborah Ellis 1960-

Deborah Ellis Canadees schrijfster

Deborah Ellis canadisk skribent

Deborah Ellis escritora canadiense

Deborah Ellis escritora canadiesa

Deborah Ellis Kanadar idazlea eta aktibista

Deborah Ellis kanadische Autorin

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Ellis, D.

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Ellis, Deborah Eileen 1960-

Ellis, Djebora 1960-

Эллис, Дебора

Эллис, Дебора 1960-

דברה אליס סופרת קנדית

עליס, דבורה, 1960-

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데보라 엘리스 1960-

엘리스, 데보라 1960-

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