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Scholastic Canada Biography
Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Viola Desmond
By (author): Elizabeth MacLeod Illustrated by: Mike Deas
9781443163873 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 6 - 10, Grade (US) from 1 - 5 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Topics / Prejudice & Racism Aug 01, 2018
$14.99 CAD
Active 9.3 x 9.32 x 0.3 in | 0.72 lb 32 pages Scholastic Canada Ltd Scholastic Canada
Resource Links, Best of the Year 2018, Commended OLA Best Bets 2018, Commended OLA Silver Birch Award, Non-Fiction 2019, Short-listed Hackmatack Children's Choice Award (Atlantic Canada) 2019, Short-listed OLA Silver Birch Express Award 2019, Winner Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Starred Selection 2019, Commended

Meet Viola Desmond, community leader and early civil rights trailblazer!

On the night of November 8th 1946, Nova Scotia businesswoman Viola Desmond stood up for her right to be in the “unofficial” whites-only section of a New Glasgow movie theatre . . . and was arrested for it. Supported by the Nova Scotia Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NSCAACP) and the black-owned newspaper The Clarion, Viola took her quest for the right to freedom from discrimination to the courts. While she ultimately did not succeed, she was a beacon to other early civil-rights activists. Her sister Wanda worked hard to promote Viola's legacy, which has been finally honoured by Viola's inclusion on the new Canadian $10 bill.

This new picture book biography series features simple text and full-colour, comic-flavoured illustration with speech balloons that help bring the story alive. Historical photos and a timeline support the narrative.

Elizabeth MacLeod is the author of many Canadian nonfiction titles including the Canada Close Up series titles Canadian Government, Canada’s Trees and Canadian Money in addition to the award-winning Scholastic Canada Biography series and Canada Year-By-Year. She lives in Toronto, Ontario and enjoys reading, swimming, theatre, botany and tap dancing.

MIKE DEAS is an author/illustrator of graphic novels, most recently Tank and Fizz and the Case of the Tentacle Terror. He is the illustrator of the Graphic Guide Adventure series. His love for illustrative storytelling comes from an early love of reading and drawing while growing up on Saltspring Island, British Columbia. Visit him online at

Praise for Meet Viola Desmond

“The story is fast paced, with dramatic, emotion-filled scenes.Meet Viola Desmondshould be in libraries across Canada.”— CM: Canadian Review of Materials, Highly Recommended

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