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Kids of Kabul

Living Bravely through a Never-ending War

by Deborah Ellis

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Deborah Ellis

Known around the world for her Breadwinner series, author and humanitarian Deborah Ellis has written nearly thirty books for children and young people, most of which explore themes of courage and social justice. Deborah's many awards include the Governor General's Award, the Ruth Schwartz Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award, the American Library Association's Notable List, and the Jane Addams Children's Book Award. Deborah lives in Simcoe, Ontario.
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Awards
  • Short-listed, North Carolina Young Adult Book Award
  • Joint winner, South Asia Book Award
  • Long-listed, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award
  • Commended, The Bankstreet College of Education's Best Books of the Year 2013
  • Winner, Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children‚Äôs Non-Fiction
  • Short-listed, TD Canadian Children‚Äôs Literature Award
  • Commended, IRA Notable Book for a Global Society
  • Commended, CCBC Choice Book
  • Commended, CCBC Choices
  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education Best Children‚Äôs Book of the Year
  • Commended, USBBY Outstanding International Book
  • Commended, USBBY Outstanding International Book List
  • Winner, Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction
  • Short-listed, TD Canadian Children's Literature Award
  • Commended, IRA Notable Books for a Global Society

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Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely Through a Never-ending War

Deborah Ellis is back with her third and arguably most-anticipated volume of interviews that give voice to children impacted by war. Ellis’s first collection of raw, honest and at times heartbreaking stories was Off to War: Voices of Soldiers’ Children published in 2008. This was followed by Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees in 2009. Now 12 years after the publication of her highly acclaimed Breadwinner Trilogy — a fictional account of an 11-year-old Afghani girl living under the rule of the Taliban, Ellis returns to the streets of Kabul for a revealing look at the everyday lives of Afghanistan’s children since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.

Kids of Kabul features the stories of 27 children between the ages of ten and 17, of whom 19 are girls. Their stories uncover a country still torn apart by war and lives still filled with hunger, poverty, abuse and inequality, yet the stories these children tell are also infused with hope, positivity and an unmistakable thirst for education and change.

With a succinctly written opening for each interview, Ellis provides valuable historical, social, political and cultural context. A beautifully written introduction, thorough glossary and a list of organizations and books for additional information further round out the book. A must have for most libraries.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Summer 2012. Volume 35 No. 3.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely Through a Never-Ending War

Author Deborah Ellis travels back to Kabul to meet with kids and find out what their lives have been like since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. The boys and girls in this book range in age from ten to 17 and many still support their families by selling items like pencils and matches on the street. Although violence and oppression still exist all around them, they are weathering their lives as best they can.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Spring, 2012.

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