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  • Bibliography:
    30 Books - 2 Series
  • First Book:
    July 2001
  • Latest Book:
    October 2022
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Full Series List in Order

Breadwinner

1 - The Breadwinner (Oct-2001)
2 - Parvana's Journey (Jul-2003)
3 - Mud City (Aug-2003)
4 - My Name Is Parvana (Sep-2012)
5 - One More Mountain (Oct-2022)

The Cocalero Novels

I Am a Taxi (Oct-2006)
Sacred Leaf (Nov-2007)

Book List in Order: 30 titles


  • Smart and independent, 11-year-old Khyber lives with her mom, Tammy, a former stripper, and her autistic twin brothers in a poor Toronto neighborhood. Though she doesn’t have a lot in common with her classmates, Khyber does have wonderfully eccentr...



  • PARVANA felt the shadow before she saw it, as the man moved between her and the sun. Turning her head, she saw the dark turban that was the uniform of the Taliban. A rifle was slung across his chest as casually as her father's shoulder bag had been s...



  • A sequel to The Breadwinner, this novel tells the story of Parvana's journey once she leaves Kabul to search for her family. The Taliban still controls Afghanistan, but Kabul is in ruins, Parvana's father has died, and her mother, sister and brother ...



  • Parvana s best friend, Shauzia, has escaped the misery of her life in Kabul, only to end up in a refugee camp in Pakistan. She still dreams of seeing the ocean and eventually making a new life in France, but it's hard to imagine when she is living in...




  • There is a lion in our village, and it is carrying away our children.

    At her father's funeral, Binti's grandmother utters the words that no one in Malawi wants to hear. Binti's father and her mother before...



  • For twelve-year-old Diego and his family, home is the San Sebastian Women’s Prison in Cochabamba, Bolivia. His parents farmed coca, a traditional Bolivian medicinal plant, until they got caught in the middle of the government’s war on drugs. Dieg...



  • The first Art Encounters title to feature art outside the Western canon



    Little is known about the fifteenth-century Persian painter Bizhad--we only know that he worked in what is now Afghanistan and Iran, and that he was the first arti...



  • Diamond Willow Award nominee, 2008

    Silver Birch Fiction shortlist, 2007

    CLA Children's Book of the Year Award 2008 shortlist

    VOYA's Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers list, 2007

    Hackmatack Children's Choic...



  • On the White Ravens' Outstanding New International Books for Children and Young Adults list, 2008

    ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Awards Bronze Medal Winner (YA Fiction category), 2007

    Snow Willow Award nominee, 2008

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  • The people of Bolivia have grown coca for legitimate purposes for hundreds of years, but the demands of America's War on Drugs now threaten this way of life. Deborah Ellis's searing follow-up to the highly praised I Am a Taxi deals with this frank re...



  • On Resource Link's Best of 2008 List

    On the Cooperative Children's Book Center Best-of-the-Year list for 2009

    Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2009 Starred Choice

    Ontario Library Association's Golden Oak Award n...



  • Rose and her daughter Hazel are on the run in a big city. During the day, Rose and Hazel live in a shack hidden in the bushes. At night, they look for food in garbage bins. In the summer, living in the shack was like an adventure for Hazel. But now, ...



  • Orphaned and plagued with the grief of losing everyone he loves, 15-year-old Abdul has made a long, fraught journey from his war-torn home in Baghdad, only to end up in The Jungle -- a squalid, makeshift migrant community in Calais. Desperate to e...



  • Even though Valli spends her days picking coal and fighting with her cousins, life in the coal town of Jharia, India, is the only life she knows. The only sight that fills her with terror is the monsters who live on the other side of the train tracks...



  • When Casey is arrested for murder, her best friend Jess is certain the police have made a terrible mistake. And she should know; after all, she and Casey were camp counselors together and both responsible for the little girl who disappeared. But even...



  • On a military base in post-Taliban Afghanistan, American authorities have just imprisoned a teenaged girl found in a bombed-out school. The army major thinks she may be a terrorist working with the Taliban. The girl does not respond to questions in a...



  • This high-interest, low-vocabulary novella is intended for adult basic education (ABE) and English as a Second Language (ESL) readers. Duncan is very angry. Tess, his wife, has turned their dining room into a library. Then disaster strikes: Tess gets...



  • Based on interviews with a young woman forced to flee Iran because of her sexual orientation, Moon at Nine is a tense and riveting novel that shines a light on an issue of social injustice that continues to this day.Fifteen-year-old Farrin has grown ...



  • A cat sneaks into a small Palestinian house on the West Bank that has been commandeered by two Israeli soldiers. The house seems empty, until the cat realizes that a little boy is hiding beneath the floorboards. Should she help him? After all, she’...






  • The seated child. With a single powerful image, Deborah Ellis draws our attention to nine children and the situations they find themselves in, often through no fault of their own. In each story, a child makes a decision and takes action, be that a...



  • This beautiful graphic-novel adaptation of The Breadwinner animated film tells the story of eleven-year-old Parvana who must disguise herself as a boy to support her family during the Taliban''s rule in Afghanistan.Parvana lives with her family in on...













  • Winning a national high-school geography competition should be the high point of Jomon’s life. So why does he find himself running through the streets of Georgetown, Guyana, later that same night ― so angry and desperate? Why does he heave his...



  • In this powerful collection of short stories, children around the world turn eleven and take a step into their futures. Each one is changed in ways both big and small.Annoyed at having to walk his sister’s dog on his birthday, Connor heads into an ...






  • It’s 2021, and the Taliban have regained power in Afghanistan. Parvana and Shauzia, the brave protagonists of The Breadwinner, must now flee to escape new dangers from an old enemy.In Kabul, 15-year-old Damsa runs away to avoid being forced into ma...


Award-Winning Books by Deborah Ellis

No Ordinary Day
2013 West Virginia Children's Book Award -- Children's
Parvana's Journey
2003 Jane Addams Children's Book Award -- Books for Older Children


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Deborah Ellis has published 30 books.

Deborah Ellis does not have a new book coming out soon. The latest book, One More Mountain, was published in October 2022.

The first book by Deborah Ellis, Looking for X, was published in July 2001.

Yes. Deborah Ellis has 2 series.