Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Parvana's Journey by Deborah Ellis

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Parvana's Journey by Deborah Ellis

Groundwood Books, 2002

The gripping novel tells the story of Parvana's quest to find her family. The Taliban still controls Afghanistan, but Kabul is in ruins, Parvana's father has died, and her mother, sister and brother could be anywhere in the country. Parvana is thirteen now, but she sets out alone, masquerading as a boy. In her search for shelter and food as she makes her way across the desolate Afghan countryside, she meets other children who are strays from the war. Their journey becomes even more perilous when war breaks out, though they don't know why the bombs are falling. It takes resilience, imagination and luck - and the family bond the children forge with each other - to help them survive.

Awards and Nominations

  • Selected, Top Ten (2002)
  • Finalist, Governor General's Award (text)(2002)
  • Honor Book, CLA Book of the Year for Children Award (2003)
  • Shortlisted, Jane Addams Children's Book Award (2003)
  • Winner, Ruth Schwartz Award (2003)
  • Nominee, OLA White Pine Award (2003)
  • Selected, YALSA BBYA (2003)
  • 2004 Winner, Red Cedar Book (2004-2005)
  • Nominee, Garden State Teen Book Awards (NJLA)(2005)
  • Winner, OLA Golden Oak Award (2004)
  • Honor Book, Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award (2004)
  • Nominee, CNIB's Tiny TORGI Audio Award (2004)
  • Nominee, OLA Red Maple Award (2004)

From the catalogue. Read more about Parvana's Journey at the Groundwood Books website.