A Friend Like Zilla

A Friend Like Zilla


By Rachna Gilmore


"This is a brave book. Rachna Gilmore writes from inside the mind of a pre-teen child with unerring confidence... masterful." - Quill and Quire

Nobby meets the older Zilla when her family goes on holiday. Zilla is developmentally disabled, but much more fun than the average teenager. Their friendship grows until Uncle Chad shows up. He is snooty and sometimes unthinkingly cruel to Zilla. Prejudices and attitudes take a surprising turn when Uncle Chad gets hurt during a storm and it is Zilla who generously comes to the rescue.

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About the Author

Rachna Gilmore is the critically acclaimed Governor General's Award winning author of numerous books with multiple honours and awards. Her publications include picture books, early readers, middle grade and young adult novels, as well as adult fiction. Rachna's children's books include the popular A Friend Like Zilla and the well-known Gita trilogy as well as Aunt Fred is a Witch. Born in India, Rachna has lived in London, England, and Prince Edward Island. She now lives in Ottawa where she continues to plark (play, work, lark) at her writing, dreaming up weird and wonder-filled tales.

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Product Information

  • Release: June 5, 1995

  • $7.95 Paperback

  • 84 Pages

  • 5.25 x 7.5

  • Ages 8-13 / Grades 3-8

  • Guided Reading: O

  • ISBN: 9780929005935


  • Character Education
    > Empathy
    > Family & Friendship
    > Prejudice & Tolerance

  • Reflecting Diversity
    > Abilities