By Sue Farrell Holler

Cold White Sun

Young Adult Novel | Published by Groundwood Books

Supported by months of intense interviews and research, Cold White Sun is based on the true story of a boy who escapes political turmoil in Ethiopia and shows up alone and terrified at the former Greyhound station in Calgary. Set partly in Ethiopia and partly in Canada, readers will gain insight into what it means to be a refugee.

Based on a true story.


  • Governor General’s Award, Young People’s Literature – Text, Finalist
  • R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature, Alberta Literary Award
  • High Plains Book Award
  • Best Books for Teens 2019, Canadian Children’s Book Centre

An emotionally gripping work of fiction…A profound, heartbreaking narrative filled with loss, confusion, displacement, and longing.

– Kirkus Reviews


Holler’s tale provides a timely refugee narrative driven by its protagonist’s intense emotional experience. Holler has taken great care to focus on Tesfaye’s humanity throughout a story that could so easily be overtaken by its political upheaval, physical peril, and culture shock; readers will be compelled by Tesfaye’s eye-opening perspective s they follow him through terror and survival.

– Horn Book Magazine

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