Mud City


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Brief Description:

Fourteen-year-old Shauzia, an Afghan refugee living in a camp in Pakistan, determines to find a way to fulfill her dreams of seeing the ocean and beginning a new life in France.

Biographical Note:

Deborah Ellis is the author of over 18 books, many of them bestsellers worldwide. She lives in Simcoe, Ontario.

Marc Notes:

First published in 2003.;Sequel to: Parvana’s journey.;Issued also in electronic format.

Review Quotes:

“…a stunning portrait of a totally devastated world where children are forced to fend for themselves…” — Quill & Quire, starred review

Publisher Marketing:

The third book in the internationally bestselling series that includes The BreadwinnerParvana’s Journey and My Name Is Parvana.

Parvana’s best friend, Shauzia, has escaped the misery of her life in Kabul, only to end up in a refugee camp in Pakistan. But she still dreams of seeing the ocean and eventually making a new life in France. This is the dream that has sustained her through the terrible years in Kabul. It is the dream for which she has forsaken family and friends.

But it is hard to imagine herself in a field of purple lavender when she is living in the Widows’ Compound of a muddy, crowded refugee camp outside Peshawar. Even worse, the compound is run by Mrs. Weera, Shauzia’s bossy phys ed teacher from Kabul, who insists that Shauzia be useful and make the best of a dismal situation.

Shauzia finally decides to leave the camp and try her luck on the streets. She is determined to earn money to buy her passage out of the country. Peshawar is dangerous and full of desperately poor and wandering children like herself, but she has Jasper, the dog who followed her down from a shepherds’ camp in the mountains. And she knows how to masquerade as a boy and comb the streets for jobs. She figures she knows how to survive.

But life as a street kid is dangerous and terrifying, and even with the advantages of a strong will, brave spirit and good luck, Shauzia soon discovers that the old choices are not so easy any more. This is a powerful and very human story of a feisty, driven girl who tries to take control of her own life.

The reissue includes a new cover and map, and an updated author’s note and glossary to provide young readers with background and context. Royalties from the sale of this book will go to Street Kids International.

Review Citations:
  • Multicultural Review 03/01/2004 pg. 98 (EAN 9780888995421, Paperback)
  • Voice of Youth Advocates 04/01/2004 pg. 44 (EAN 9780888995421, Paperback)
  • Kliatt 03/01/2005 pg. 18 (EAN 9780888995421, Paperback)
  • Kliatt 09/01/2003 pg. 7 (EAN 9780888995186, Hardcover)
  • PW Notes and Reprints 10/06/2003 pg. 86 (EAN 9780888995186, Hardcover)
  • Quill & Quire 10/01/2003 pg. 40 (EAN 9780888995186, Hardcover)
  • School Library Journal 11/01/2003 pg. 138 (EAN 9780888995186, Hardcover)
  • Booklist 11/15/2003 pg. 597 (EAN 9780888995186, Hardcover)
  • New York Times 02/08/2004 pg. 22 (EAN 9780888995186, Hardcover)
  • Multicultural Review 03/01/2004 pg. 98 (EAN 9780888995186, Hardcover)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2003 pg. 90 (EAN 9780888995186, Hardcover)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2004 pg. 90 (EAN 9780888995186, Hardcover)
  • Publishers Weekly 10/06/2003 (EAN 9780888995186, Hardcover)
  • School Library Journal 04/01/2010 pg. 58 (EAN 9780739385838, Compact Disc)

Contributor Bio:  Ellis, Deborah

Deborah Ellis, best known for her Breadwinner series, has donated more than $1 million in royalties to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan and Street Kids International. She has won many awards, including the Governor General’s Award and Sweden’s Peter Pan Prize.

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