KEY BACKLIST Last week, in her charming By the Book interview in The New York Times, my hero Malala Yousafzai sang the praises of two excellent but still-not-as-deservedly-well-known-as-they-should-be YA series: Deborah Ellis’s Breadwinner and Parvana’s Journey, both from Cloud publishing partner Groundwood Books (an imprint of Canadian indie House of Anansi).
Both illuminate life in non-Western society, and Mud City the perseverance of girls despite their being viewed as lesser people. And guess what? They are fine readalikes for another favorite of Yousafzai’s, Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner.
(Update: It seems Yousafzai’s mentioning of Ellis’s books has pushed them to the top of Chapters Indigo best sellers list. Whee!)
Favorite question and answer:
"The last book that made you cry?"
"I never cry reading a book."