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Groundwood Books

Mud City

Written by Deborah Ellis

For students in grades 5 - 9 | Published May 01, 2015 | ISBN 9781554987733
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Middle East

Cover of Mud City

Regular price $9.95 CAD

168 pages | 8 in × 5.25 in
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Also Available as an Ebook

About this book

Mud City

Breadwinner Series: Book 3

Deborah Ellis

The third book in the internationally bestselling series that includes The BreadwinnerParvana’s Journey and My Name Is Parvana.

Parvana’s best friend, Shauzia, has escaped the misery of her life in Kabul, only to end up in a refugee camp in Pakistan. But she still dreams of seeing the ocean and eventually making a new life in France.This is the dream that has sustained her through the terrible years in Kabul. It is the dream for which she has forsaken family and friends.

But it is hard to imagine herself in a field of purple lavender when she is living in the Widows’ Compound of a muddy, crowded refugee camp outside Peshawar. Even worse, the compound is run by Mrs. Weera, Shauzia’s bossy phys ed teacher from Kabul, who insists that Shauzia be useful and make the best of a dismal situation.

Shauzia finally decides to leave the camp and try her luck on the streets. She is determined to earn money to buy her passage out of the country. Peshawar is dangerous and full of desperately poor and wandering children like herself, but she has Jasper, the dog who followed her down from a shepherds’ camp in the mountains. And she knows how to masquerade as a boy and comb the streets for jobs. She figures she knows how to survive.

But life as a street kid is dangerous and terrifying, and even with the advantages of a strong will, brave spirit and good luck, Shauzia soon discovers that the old choices are not so easy any more. This is a powerful and very human story of a feisty, driven girl who tries to take control of her own life.

The reissue includes a new cover and map, and an updated author’s note and glossary to provide young readers with background and context. Royalties from the sale of this book will go to Street Kids International. 

About the Author

Deborah Ellis

Deborah Ellis is a member of the Order of Canada. She has won the University of California’s Middle East Book Award, Sweden’s Peter Pan Prize, the Governor General’s Award, and the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. She is best known for her Breadwinner series, which has been published in twenty-five languages, with $2 million in royalties donated to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan and Street Kids International.

Awards and Praise

"...a stunning portrait of a totally devastated world where children are forced to fend for themselves..." — Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

  • Commended CCBC Our Choice, 2004
  • Winner Hackmatack Award, 2005
  • Commended NYPL Books for the Teenage List, 2004
  • Commended Lamplighter Award, 2005
  • Long-listed Red Cedar Book Award, 2005
  • Commended Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice, 2004
  • Short-listed Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, 2004