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Looking for X

by Deborah Ellis

Groundwood Books Ltd | September 15, 1999 | Trade Paperback

Looking for X is rated 3.2857 out of 5 by 7.

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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 136 pages, 7.63 × 5.5 × 0.31 in

Published: September 15, 1999

Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 088899382X

ISBN - 13: 9780888993823

Appropriate for ages: 9

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Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from I might not be 7-9 i liked this book i almost finished it. i think it is too advanced i guess you could say for the recomended age group. i really like it.
Date published: 2009-07-23
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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Looking for X

Looking for X

by Deborah Ellis

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 136 pages, 7.63 × 5.5 × 0.31 in

Published: September 15, 1999

Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd

Language: English

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.

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.

Appropriate for ages: 9