Looking for X

Paperback | September 15, 1999

byDeborah Ellis

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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.

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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 an...

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Winner of the Governor General's Literary AwardIn 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 sh...

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&...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:136 pages, 7.5 × 5.06 × 0.32 inPublished:September 15, 1999Publisher:Groundwood Books LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:088899382X

ISBN - 13:9780888993823

Appropriate for ages: 9

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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.

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"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

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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.