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Written by Deborah Ellis

  • 136 Pages
  • 9780888993823
  • 7.500" x 5.060"
  • Reading age from 9 to 12
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Situations / Adolescence
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Situations / Friendship
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Situations / Homelessness & Poverty


Publication Date September 01, 1999

Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award

In this urban adventure story, Khyber, a smart, bold, eleven-year-old girl from a poor neighborhood, sets out to find her friend X, a mysterious homeless woman who has gone missing.

The desperate search takes Khyber on a long, all-night odyssey that proves to be wilder than any adventure she has ever imagined.

Winner of the Governor General's Literary Awards: Text 2001

Long-listed for the OLA Silver Birch Award 2001

Selected for the PPYA (Books that Don't Make You Blush) 2006


Deborah Ellis
Deborah Ellis is best known for her Breadwinner series, which has been published in twenty-five languages and has earned more than $1 million in royalties to benefit Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan and Street Kids International. She has won the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, the University of California’s Middle East Book Award, the Governor General’s Award, the Ruth Schwartz Award, Sweden’s Peter Pan Prize, and the Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work. She has received the Ontario Library Association’s President’s Award for Exceptional Achievement, and she has been named to the Order of Canada.


"All of the characters seem real and natural...Khyber is a likable protagonist and readers will appreciate how she copes with her issues...they will enjoy the story." School Library Journal

"Khyber's strong spirit and believable personality will draw readers in." Booklist

"Marvelous characterizations and fiercely close family ties...Unlike many coming-of-age stories, in this novel the odyssey is less important than the warm, redemptive homecoming." Horn Book