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Digital Subscriptions > Quill & Quire > October 2017 > Taking a stand

Taking a stand

In Deborah Ellis’s new short-story collection, the young protagonists are justified in their disobedience



Deborah Ellis Groundwood Books, Ages 10–13

CHILDREN, LIKE DOGS, are often told to “sit.” But in Deborah Ellis’s new collection of 11 short stories, the kids are much too rambunctious for that.

In “The Glowing Chair Miyuki is a 12-yearold Japanese girl temporarily living with her father and brother in an emergency shelter. A tsunami and nuclear accident, just like the real ones of 2011, killed Miyuki’s mother and forced the remainder of the family, along with thousands of others, to flee. Miyuki is determined to rescue Hisa, her mother’s pet donkey, which the family had to abandon when they left. But the girl’s father has forbidden such action because of high radiation levels around their former home. “All your hair will fall out and you will get sic warns the father.

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