No Ordinary Day

No Ordinary Day

By Deborah Ellis

Groundwood Books, Hardcover, 9781554981342, 159pp.

Publication Date: September 20, 2011


Even though Valli spends her days picking coal and fighting with her cousins, life in the coal town of Jharia, India, is the only life she knows. The only sight that fills her with terror is the monsters who live on the other side of the train tracks the lepers. When Valli discovers that that her aunt” is a stranger who was paid money to take Valli off her own family’s hands, she leaves Jharia and begins a series of adventures that takes her to Kolkata, the city of the gods. Valli finds that she really doesn’t need much to live and is very resourceful. But a chance encounter with a doctor reveals that she has leprosy. Unable to bear the thought that she is one of the monsters she has always feared, Valli rejects help and begins an uncertain life on the street.

About the Author
DEBORAH ELLIS is the award-winning author of several books for kids and teens. She is best known for her novel "The Breadwinner", which she wrote following her work at refugee camps in Afghanistan. She has also written on other serious issues affecting young people around the world, including drug use, poverty, HIV/AIDS, and war.

Praise For No Ordinary Day

Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 2012

An ALA Notable Children's Book, 2012

Short-listed for the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Text, 2011

A South Asia Book Awards 2012 Honor Book

"The story highlights not only the overcoming of adversity, but also the importance of education and literacy. It also brings to light the issue of leprosy, which is misunderstood. An important, inspiring tale." School Library Journal, starred review

"compelling and accessible" Booklist, starred review

"solid and worthy of attention by both its intended audience and adults alikeEllis continues to write what needs to be read." CM Magazine