136 pages, 7.5 × 5.06 × 0.32 in
September 15, 1999
Groundwood Books Ltd
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 088899382X
ISBN - 13: 9780888993823
About the Book
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& #8217; t have a lot in common with her classmates, Khyber does have wonderfully eccentric friends: Valerie, Toronto& #8217; s meanest waitress, and X, a homeless woman in hiding from & #8220; the secret police.& #8221; Despite having to deal with pompous social workers who make her mother cry and ignorant kids who make remarks about her brothers, Khyber manages to enjoy herself, poring over atlases, planning exotic journeys, and taking peanut butter sandwiches to X. But when Tammy decides to move her sons to a group home for proper care, Khyber& #8217; s world starts to crumble. She fights with her mom and then gets expelled from school. To make matters worse, X suddenly disappears. Khyber sets out to find her in a wild all-night odyssey of self-discovery.
From the Publisher
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.
About the Author
Deborah Ellis is best known for her Breadwinner books - a series that has been published in twenty-five languages, with more than $1 million in royalties donated to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan and Street Kids International. She has won the Governor General's Award, the Ruth Schwartz Award, the University of California's Middle East Book Award, Sweden's Peter Pan Prize, the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, and the Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work. She recently received the Ontario Library Association's President's Award for Exceptional Achievement, and she has been named to the Order of Ontario.
From Our Editors
Khyber is a smart, independent 11-year-old with an ex-stripper mom and autistic twin brothers. From a poor neighbourhood, she doesn’t have much in common with the kids at school: her best friends are a mean waitress and X, a homeless woman. Khyber knows life would be better if the family had more money, the boys weren’t so difficult and her mom were happier, but she’s content with her life -- until her world falls apart. Deborah Ellis’ Looking for X reveals what happens when Khyber’s mom decides that the boys should go into a home -- and X disappears.
"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
A Silver Birch award nominee for children's literature in Ontario, this is the story of eleven-year-old Khyber. Self-named after the Khyber Pass in Afghanistan, she lives with her single mom and twin five-year-old brothers, in the tough Regent Park neighbourhood of Toronto. Khyber's life revolves around caring for her autistic brothers, school and a street woman she names X because X sounds mysterious. Khyber doesn't know where X lives, or where she goes everyday. The novel is a fast-paced, easy to read story about coping with family struggles, school and the streets of Toronto.