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Outside In

by Sarah Ellis

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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 has written more than twenty novels and picture books for young readers. Her many honors include the Governor General's Award, the Mr. Christie Book Award, the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Book Prize, and the prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award for a body of work. Written from her insightful memories of her own childhood and keen observations of the world around her, Ellis' stories masterfully reflect her readers' own experiences. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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Contributor Notes

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.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
10 to 13
Grade:
5 to 8
Reading age:
10 to 13
Awards
  • Commended, Bank Street's Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Short-listed, Chocolate Lily Book Award (Novel)
  • Short-listed, Red Maple Award for Fiction
  • Commended, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year
  • Commended, The Globe 100
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens
Editorial Reviews

This is a thought-provoking tale that will hopefully inspire as well as delight its readers.

— CM Magazine

Appealing and provocative, this challenges readers to assess their own lives, bringing up compelling issues as wide-ranging as the ills of consumerism and the obligations of friendship.

— Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

Ellis is simultaneously a knotty and substantive writer and one with a light, conversational style . . .[A]n excellent book for discussion, eliciting lively partisanship on the question of what’s right and wrong.

— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

A thoughtful, exciting read that makes everything ordinary suddenly have the possibility to be extraordinary.

— School Library Journal

More than a thoughtful ode to found family, this slim, sweet novel challenges readers to look anew at the ones they have.

— Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

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