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Deborah Ellis

  • Original Title: SIT
  • Publication date: October 2017
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books
  • Country: CA
  • 144 print pages
  • Short stories

Information

  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Themes: FAMILY, Dysfunctional family, Separation, PEOPLE facing life, Life choice, Life change, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Poverty, Education (illiteracy), Violence, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Diversity, CHARACTERS, Child

Pitch

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 tiny gesture or a life-altering choice.

Comments

Finalist for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award
Finalist for the MYRCA Northern Lights

Deborah Ellis is a Canadian author, a feminist and a peace activist. She has achieved international acclaim with her books that give Western readers a glimpse into the plight of children in developing countries. She has more than thirty books to her credit. She has won the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Ruth Schwartz Award, the 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 has received the Ontario Library Association’s President’s Award for Exceptional Achievement, and she has been named to the Order of Canada. In 2017, her book THE BREADWINNER debuted as a feature animated film, later nominated for an Oscar.

Summary

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 tiny gesture or a life-altering choice.

Jafar is a child laborer in a chair factory and longs to go to school. Sue sits on a swing as she and her brother wait to have a supervised visit with their father at the children’s aid society. Gretchen considers the lives of concentration camp victims during a school tour of Auschwitz. Mike survives seventy-two days of solitary as a young offender. Barry squirms on a food court chair as his parents tell him that they are separating. Macie sits on a too-small time-out chair while her mother receives visitors for tea. Noosala crouches in a fetid, crowded apartment in Uzbekistan, waiting for an unscrupulous refugee smuggler to decide her fate.

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  • Author’s biography

    Deborah Ellis (born 1960) is a Canadian author, a feminist and a peace activist. She has achieved international acclaim with her books that give Western readers a glimpse into the plight of children in developing countries. She has more than thirty books to her credit. She has won the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Ruth Schwartz Award, the 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 has received the Ontario Library Association’s President’s Award for Exceptional Achievement, and she has been named to the Order of Canada. In 2017, her book THE BREADWINNER debuted as a feature animated film, later nominated for an Oscar.