June Callwood: A Life of Action

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This biography is the first ever for young readers on the inspiring life of June Callwood, one of Canada's greatest writers and humanitarians. Filled with images and details of June's life from her humble beginnings in small-town Ontario to her present-day, much-lauded life in Toronto, June Callwood gives children everywhere important questions and issues to ponder.
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This biography is the first ever for young readers on the inspiring life of June Callwood, one of Canada's greatest writers and humanitarians. Filled with images and details of June's life from her humble beginnings in small-town Ontario to her present-day, much-lauded life in Toronto, June Callwood gives children everywhere important questions and issues to ponder.
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Quill & Quire
"Rich details and insight into the life of this brilliant Toronto activist and writer. This is an admiring, enlightening portrait of the life and times of an exceptional woman who knows how to live, share, and survive with exemplary grace."
Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
Author Anne Dublin tells the story of a Canadian journalist and activist, June Callwood, born in 1924 in southwestern Ontario, Canada. June's father left the family when she was thirteen years old in order to find work in another part of the country. Her mother worked as a seamstress to support June and her sister Jane, but it was hard work for little money, and the family was very poor. When Callwood was sixteen, she left school to go to work. She was a good writer and found work at a small newspaper. Then she went to work for a larger newspaper, the Globe and Mail. Callwood worked at many assignments, but she seemed to be good at investigative reporting. When she married Trent Frayne, another reporter, they became known as Canada's husband-and-wife freelance writing team. They also had three children. Callwood's empathy for people and her writing skills eventually led to writing stories about people whose rights needed to be defended. Callwood also became an activist and created a refuge for street kids, helped with a shelter that offered abused women and children a safe place, a special-care hospice for people with AIDS, and a center that provided housing and support for teen parents. Today, Callwood is over eighty-years-old, but she is still working on social issues, such as eliminating child poverty. She has won many honors in Canada. Dublin has written a story of an inspiring woman who has made a difference in many peoples' lives. Black and white photographs are included as well as source notes, a bibliography, and websites.
VOYA - Alice F. Stern
Years ago, a teacher somewhere in the greater Boston area would send students into the library with the assignment to "read a biography of someone who isn't famous." What librarians assumed that she meant was a biography of someone other than Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, Marie Curie, or other usual suspects. It is too bad that this biography of June Callwood was not available at the time, because it would have fit the bill perfectly. Well known in Canada, June Callwood has led a life that truly shows how one person can make a difference in the world. Author, journalist, television personality, and activist, Callwood lists among her many accomplishments setting up a center for teen parents, opening a shelter for abused women, and opening the first AIDS hospice in the world. In addition, she learned how to fly a plane, and she interviewed Elvis Presley early in his career. Personal tragedies, including the loss of one of her four children, only inspired her to work even harder for others. The book includes many high-quality black-and-white photos. The text is clear and simple, although the writing is not of the caliber of such biographers as Russell Freedman, James Cross Giblin, or Susan Campbell Bartoletti. Still it is a must-purchase for Canadian libraries and should be considered by any library that could use biographies of lesser-known people, strong women, or social activists.
School Library Journal

Gr 6 & Up - This biography of the Canadian journalist and social activist chronicles Callwood's long life with loving care and places her activism within the cultural and historical context of pre- and postwar Canada. Not exactly a rags-to-riches story, it does detail the woman's poverty-stricken youth, her family's struggle to survive the Great Depression, and her growth as a writer of some renown. Readers are introduced to Callwood's husband and their children, and her work with the homeless, AIDS victims, and unwed mothers. They see her courage in the face of a crippling accident to one of her children, the tragic death of another, and her own fight with cancer. This is a well-told life story, with many black-and-white photographs that infuse the subject with personality. A good addition to biography collections.-Carol Jones Collins, Columbia High School, Maplewood, NJ

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781897187142
  • Publisher: Second Story Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Pages: 156
  • Age range: 9 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Dublin is a teacher-librarian in Toronto, Ontario. Her writing has won many honors and awards, including the Sydney Taylor Honor Book Award, and the American Library Association's Amelia Bloomer Project Recommended Feminist Read for Youth designation.
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  • Posted November 2, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for TeensReadToo.com

    Each person is like a stone in a pond...Individual actions, good or bad, send out tiny ripples that change the surface of the public pond. People, by choice, can spread warm understanding or cold indifference."--June Callwood <BR/><BR/>June Callwood, a Canadian journalist and activist, has led a very active life. Having written articles about everything from celebrities to censorship, and over thirty books dealing with topics like Canadian history and the battle against AIDS, Ms. Callwood has definitely kept busy. <BR/><BR/>JUNE CALLWOOD: A LIFE OF ACTION is a comprehensive biography of the woman who helped establish over fifty different organizations, such as Digger House for homeless youth and Casey House for people with AIDS. She's also a Companion of the Order of Canada, which is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a Canadian citizen, and has a park and street named after her. <BR/><BR/>Filled with dozens of photographs, a timeline of her life, and selected honors she's received, this is a great book for anyone looking for information specifically on Ms. Callwood, or for those interested in Canadian activists.

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    'Each person is like a stone in a pond...Individual actions, good or bad, send out tiny ripples that change the surface of the public pond. People, by choice, can spread warm understanding or cold indifference.'--June Callwood June Callwood, a Canadian journalist and activist, has led a very active life. Having written articles about everything from celebrities to censorship, and over thirty books dealing with topics like Canadian history and the battle against AIDS, Ms. Callwood has definitely kept busy. JUNE CALLWOOD: A LIFE OF ACTION is a comprehensive biography of the woman who helped establish over fifty different organizations, such as Digger House for homeless youth and Casey House for people with AIDS. She's also a Companion of the Order of Canada, which is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a Canadian citizen, and has a park and street named after her. Filled with dozens of photographs, a timeline of her life, and selected honors she's received, this is a great book for anyone looking for information specifically on Ms. Callwood, or for those interested in Canadian activists. **Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka 'The Genius'

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