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Groundwood Books

Outside In

Written by Sarah Ellis

For readers 10 - 13 years old | Published May 01, 2014 | ISBN 9781554983674
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Alternative Family

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Regular price $16.95 CAD

176 pages
Print Format

Also Available as an Ebook

About this book

Outside In

Sarah Ellis

Lynn’s life is full — choir practice, school, shopping for the perfect jeans, and dealing with her free-spirited mother. Then one day her life is saved by a mysterious girl named Blossom, who introduces Lynn to her own world and family — both more bizarre, yet somehow more sane, than Lynn’s own.

Blossom’s family is a small band of outcasts and eccentrics who live secretly in an ingenious bunker beneath a city reservoir. The Underlanders forage and trade for the things they need (“Is it useful or lovely?”), living off the things “Citizens” throw away. Lynn is enchanted and amazed. But when she inadvertently reveals their secret, she is forced to take measure of her own motives and lifestyle, as she figures out what it really means to be a family, and a friend.

Classic Sarah Ellis, this novel is smart, rich, engaging and insightful.

About the Author

Sarah Ellis

SARAH ELLIS is a celebrated author, teacher and children’s literature expert. She has written more than twenty books across the genres, and her books have been translated into French, Spanish, Danish, Chinese and Japanese. She has won the Governor General’s Literary Award (Pick-Up Sticks), the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award (Odd Man Out) and the Sheila Egoff Award. Her first novel, The Baby Project, remains a children’s classic, still in print more than thirty years after publication.Sarah is a masthead reviewer for the Horn Book Magazine, and she is a former faculty member at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Awards and Praise
  • Commended The Globe 100, 2014
  • Short-listed Red Maple Award for Fiction, 2015
  • Short-listed Chocolate Lily Book Award (Novel), 2015
  • Commended Bank Street's Best Children's Books of the Year, 2015
  • Commended Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2014
  • Commended Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, 2014