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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't have a lot in common with her classmates, Khyber does have wonderfully eccentric friends: Valerie, Toronto's meanest waitress, and X, a homeless woman in hiding from "the secret police". 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'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.

Publisher: Toronto : Douglas & McIntyre, 2000, c1999.
ISBN: 9780888993786
Characteristics: 132 p. ;,20 cm.


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Mar 20, 2012

Andrelyn thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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WGTaylor thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

Oct 11, 2010

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Nov 04, 2012

I had to read this book in school I thought it would be really bad but it ended up being really good! :)

Oct 07, 2010

you have to read this book it so funny.

Sep 24, 2010

This book is good!! Its funny as well I reccome nd u ALL to read it!

Jul 30, 2010

Deborah Ellis is a great author who deals with real issues. Be sure to check out The Breadwinner Trilogy.


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Feb 22, 2009

khyber, age 11 lives in regent park with her mother and her twin brothers in a small, cramped apartment.
her brothers' autism has been made fun of by her classmates countless times and khyber has fought for it.
but khyber still has friends.
few but very good friends.
x is one of them.
x doesnt really live anywhere, she lives the streets and she doesnt mind.
as long as she has khyber
so when x goes missing, khyber leaves home, not knowing exactly when she will return, in search of x.

lms May 08, 2008

"Eleven-year-old Khyber lives with her mother and autistic brothers in a low-income area in Toronto. In addition to her problems at school (she skipped twice and doesn't fit in), she deals with her mother's decision to send her brothers to a group home. Khyber gets expelled from school for name calling (menacing skinheads)and for a false accusation of vandalism, and a search for her best friend, "X." Khyber loves her family and gladly goes beyond what one would expect of a child in search to help her mother and "X." Her friends are an odd assortment of characters, all adults. There are many quirks and issues to make this book believable. Some aspects of the plot are far-fetched, and everything falls into place just a little too neatly at the end. On the other hand, all of the characters are real and natural. Khyber is a likable protagonist and the readers will appreciate how she copes with her brothers and mother." (Novelist Review)


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