After discovering Deborah Ellis after reading The Breadwinner series, I soon realized that I wanted to read everything that she’s written. I’ve got a ways to go. This prolific author has more than a dozen books under her belt. Lunch with Lenin and Other Stories is one of her newest books published this past fall.
Like the title suggests, Lunch with Lenin, is an anthology of ten short stories connected by how the lives of teens are affected directory or indirectly by drugs. It’s a worldwide problem and as such Ellis takes us from the Philippines, where young Ramon is just trying to take care of his mother and siblings, to Afghanistan, where for Tahmina, harvesting opium is their families only livelihood, to the United States where a babysitter must protect the children from their with out of control alcoholic parents. The stories are engaging and thought provoking but not preachy. Ellis just presents the facts as they are and leaves us to ponder upon the choices that each character has made.
Deborah Ellis has proven yet again that she’s a writer for young readers who can always be relied upon to give us stories where are attention is most needed. Deborah Ellis’ page on the Fitzhenry and Whiteside site. Other books I’ve reviewed by Deborah Ellis: The Breadwinner, Parvana’s Journey, Mud City (a series), and The Heaven Shop.