Books written by Deborah Ellis

Looks Like Daylight

August 1, 2018 | 256 pages
For two years, author and activist Deborah Ellis traveled across the United States and Canada, interviewing more than forty Indigenous kids and letting them tell their own stories. Now available in paperback.  More Info

True Blue

October 1, 2011 | 240 pages
A person doesn't have to do anything important to get recognition anymore; it's enough to know someone who does. Parasitic fame.Casey was more than just a dependable camp counselor dedicated to her little buddies in Cabin Three. She was a brilliant student looking forward to a scholarship and a... More Info


October 1, 2017 | 144 pages
The seated child. With a single powerful image, Deborah Ellis draws our attention to nine children and the situations they find themselves in, often through no fault of their own. In each story, a child makes a decision and takes action, be that a tiny gesture or a life-altering choice. Jafar is a... More Info

The Breadwinner

May 1, 2015 | 176 pages
"All girls [should read] The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis." -- Malala Yousafzai, New York Times The first book in Deborah Ellis's riveting Breadwinner series is an award-winning novel about loyalty, survival, families and friendship under extraordinary circumstances during the Taliban's rule in... More Info

A Company of Fools

Fitzhenry & Whiteside Limited | September 1, 2007 | 191 pages
Two boys become unlikely friends during a dangerous and deadly time in France, and look to each other for survival.  More Info

The Cat at the Wall

September 1, 2014 | 144 pages
On Israel's West Bank, a cat sneaks into a small Palestinian house that has just 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? It turns out... More Info

Children of War

Groundwood Books Ltd | February 17, 2009 | 128 pages
Provides interviews with twenty 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.  More Info

Looks Like Daylight

September 10, 2013 | 256 pages
After her critically acclaimed books of interviews with Afghan, Iraqi, Israeli and Palestinian children, Deborah Ellis turns her attention closer to home. For two years she traveled across the United States and Canada interviewing Native children. The result is a compelling collection of interviews... More Info

My Name Is Parvana

Groundwood Books | September 25, 2012 | 201 pages
In post-Taliban Afghanistan, Parvana is held on a U.S. military base and interrogated as a possible terrorist, reflecting on the previous four years of her life she spent with her mother and sisters while she waits to learn her fate.  More Info

Parvana's journey

July 2, 2003 | 199 pages
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.  More Info

Off to War

Groundwood Books Ltd | May 25, 2010 | 176 pages
Canadian and American children tell what life is like when a member of their family goes off to the Iraqi or Afghanistan war, discussing the things they do to keep in touch and the significant changes in their lives that result from the separation.  More Info

We Want You to Know

September 1, 2011 | 120 pages
Presents interviews with students who have been bullied, as they describe their experiences with peers, parents, teachers, and school administrators, along with advice on the best methods that can be used to stop bullying behavior.  More Info

Kids of Kabul

May 15, 2012 | 128 pages
Explores the plight of Afghanistan's children since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, featuring the stories of two dozen or so children, aged 10 to 17, and their struggles to continue educating themselves and improving their own lives despite living in a country torn by war, violence and oppression.... More Info

The Breadwinner Trilogy

Groundwood Books Ltd | August 25, 2009 | 439 pages
The breadwinner was originally published in 2000 in Toronto by Douglas & McIntyre, while the two others were published by Groundwood Books in 2002 and 2003 respectively.  More Info