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

Reviews

Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great I thought it was a heart warming book about a couple poor folk who know how to live
Date published: 2014-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent OMG this is like the most bestest book ever..i loved this book from start to finsh..this is the best book i have ever read...i hope to see more books like this from deborah ellis
Date published: 2004-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from it's great! For me, ms. Ellis is a great writer and all of her books are a great read. Looking for x was a book of intellectual quality and I recommend it to all readers who like her books or for those looking for a good read. Also, I recommend The Breadwinner which starts off a touching trilogy about the struggle of Parvana in Afganistand. Deborah Ellis, I love you!
Date published: 2004-01-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's hard man It's hard cause u can't call this crap.The story has some meaning to it.Khyber is telling out what she fells.Althought, I have to say that it was not the best story , cause I know that I read better.So if u are planning to read or buy the book, u should just sto p and read a bit if it, so that u can see if it the right way of a book.......... It was crap in ways
Date published: 2003-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's aiight ........ I guess You know when i think bout it, it was kind of off key ( u knoe about the hold mother thing). But i mean that's how it goes down.It's sraight up trues in this one.Soooooo...... I guess it's aiight.
Date published: 2003-12-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Crap!!!!! it was so boring. the main story sucked. the book wasn't interesting at all.therefore, CRAP!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2003-03-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It's Ok Looking 4 X is not that great because the beginning is inappropiate (@ least from my view) saying that her mother is a stripper and that is the whole beginning! It was weird 2 because she has an imaginary friend named X. It was ok only because it was interesting sort of. I dont really reccomend it 2 NE1 so if u were planning on buying it, make sure u read the beginning 1st!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2002-03-02

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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.

Editorial Reviews

"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

Employee Review

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.