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Background/Life

Deborah Ellis was born on the 7th of August 1960 in Cochrane, Ontario. She decided to start writing when she was 11 or 12 years old. Deborah had to move several times due to her parents work. When Deborah grew up, her work and writing was mainly done by travelling and talking to others that have problems and documentering down the main things.

Deborah Ellis is an active anti-war activist and feminist, and has written many children books which reflect this.

She traveled to Afghanistan in 1997 to interview women in refugee camps; from these interviews she wrote the four part series which includes The Breadwinner, a book about a girl named Parvana; Parvana's Journey, its sequel; Mud City, about a girl named Shauzia, Parvana's best friend; and an adult book, Women of the Afghan War. While The Breadwinner was inspired by an interview with a mother in a refugee camp, the subsequent books in the trilogy were more imaginative explorations of how children would survive.

In 1999, her young adult novel "Looking for X", which follows a young girl in her day to day life in a poor area of Toronto, Ontario, was published, and received the Governor General's Literary Award.

She also wrote a book with Eric Walters about the plotted terrorist attacks in Canada. The book is called Bifocal, highlighting two boys and their sides to the story about what happened. Bifocal is a book about racism and rooting terrorists in Canada.One of her best known works is The Heaven Shop which tells of a family of orphans in Malawi, who are struggling with sudden displacement as a result of HIV/AIDS impact. The novel was written to dispel myths about HIV/AIDS and celebrate the courage of child sufferers.

In 2008, Deborah published Lunch with Lenin and other stories a collection of short stories that explores the lives of children who have been affected directly, or indirectly, by drugs. The stories are set against backdrops as diverse as the remote north and small town America to Moscow's Red Square and an opium farm in Afghanistan.

Deborah is the recipient of the Governor General’s Award, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award for a body of work, an ALA Notable, and the Children’s Africana Book Award Honor Book for Older Readers.

In 2006 Deborah was named to the Order of Ontario.

Considered one of the most popular YA writers today, Deborah Ellis is also a philanthropist, donating almost all of her royalties on her books to such causes as "Women for Women in Afghanistan" and UNICEF.

Later on, her bestseller "I am a Taxi" talks about a boy named Diego whose family was framed unfairly for making cocaine. An accident caused Diego's family to owe the prison so much money, that the boy was so guilty he ran to get a job. He ended up in a coca pit, and the story follows his adventure from there.The sequel to "I am a Taxi", "Sacred Leaf", talks about Diego's time with the Ricardo's (a family who helped Diego) and a giant coca leaf protest. by alina sadek
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Total Books: 125
Sit
2017 - Sit (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781773060866
ISBN-10: 1773060864
Genre: Children's Books
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Moon at Nine
2016 - Moon at Nine (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781927485972
ISBN-10: 1927485975
Genres: Children's Books, Teen & Young Adult
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The Cat at the Wall
2015 - The Cat at the Wall (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781554987078
ISBN-10: 1554987075
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction
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My Name Is Parvana
2015 - My Name Is Parvana (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781554982981
ISBN-10: 1554982987
Genre: Children's Books
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El pan de la guerra
2015 - El Pan De La Guerra [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781554987641
ISBN-10: 1554987644
Genre: Children's Books
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The Breadwinner
2015 - The Breadwinner (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9781554987658
ISBN-10: 1554987652
Genre: Children's Books
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Parvana's Journey
2015 - Parvana's Journey [Breadwinner] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9781554987702
ISBN-10: 1554987709
Genre: Children's Books
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Mud City
2015 - Mud City [Breadwinner] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781554987733
ISBN-10: 1554987733
Genre: Children's Books
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Annaleise Carr How I Conquered Lake Ontario to Help Kids Battling Cancer
No Ordinary Day
2014 - No Ordinary Day (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781554981083
ISBN-10: 1554981085
Genre: Children's Books
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True Blue
2013 - True Blue (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780986949500
ISBN-10: 0986949507
Genres: Children's Books, Teen & Young Adult
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Looks Like Daylight Voices of Indigenous Kids
2013 - Looks Like Daylight Voices of Indigenous Kids (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781554981205
ISBN-10: 1554981204
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Teen & Young Adult
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Il coraggio della libellula
2013 - Il Coraggio Della Libellula (Other)
ISBN-13: 9788817066686
ISBN-10: 8817066680
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Kids of Kabul Living Bravely Through a Never-Ending War
2012 - Kids of Kabul Living Bravely Through a Never-ending War (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781554981816
ISBN-10: 1554981816
Genre: Teen & Young Adult
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No Safe Place
2011 - No Safe Place (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780888999740
ISBN-10: 0888999747
Genre: Teen & Young Adult
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We Want You to Know Kids Talk About Bullying
2011 - We Want You to Know Kids Talk About Bullying (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781550504637
ISBN-10: 1550504630
Genre: Children's Books
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Rollercoasters Breadwinner Reader
2010 - Rollercoasters Breadwinner Reader (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780198329800
ISBN-10: 0198329806
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Off to War Voices of Soldiers' Children
2010 - Off to War Voices of Soldiers' Children (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780888998958
ISBN-10: 0888998953
Genre: Children's Books
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Children of War Voices of Iraqi Refugees
2010 - Children of War Voices of Iraqi Refugees (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780888999085
ISBN-10: 0888999089
Genre: Children's Books
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Ciudad de barro / Mud City
2010 - Ciudad De Barro / Mud City [Alandar - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788426373748
ISBN-10: 8426373747
Genre: Children's Books
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Penteulu
2009 - Penteulu [Welsh Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781855968448
ISBN-10: 1855968444
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2009 - Sacred Leaf [The Cocalero Novels] (Paperback)Hardcover
2007 - La Tienda Del Cielo/ the Heaven Shop [Alandar - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2005 - El Pan De La Guerra/ the Breadwinner [Alandar - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
2005 - El VIaje De Parvana / Parvana's Journey [Alandar - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2002 - Parvana (Paperback)
2001 - Die Sonne Im Gesicht [Ab 10 J.] (Hardcover)Paperback
Handbook of Management Training [Institute of Management] (Hardcover)
Pan De La Guerra/the Breadwinner [Libro Tigrillo - Spanish Edition] (Other)