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Fall, 2022, Owlkids Books Frontlist

Secret Schools
True Stories of the Determination to Learn
By (author): Heather Camlot Illustrated by: Erin Taniguchi
Heather Camlot ,

Illustrated by :

Erin Taniguchi


Owlkids - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paper over boards, Dust jacket
Hardcover , Paper over boards, Dust jacket


Juvenile: Age (years) 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) 6, Grade (US) 6
Sep 15, 2022
$19.95 CAD


9.5in x 7.5 x 0.38 in | 398 gr

Page Count:

48 pages


Full color illustrations throughout
Owlkids Books
JUVENILE NONFICTION / School & Education
Children’s / Teenage general interest: History and the past|Children’s / Teenage general interest: Politics|Educational: Citizenship and social education|Interest age: from c 9 years
A Junior Library Guild Selection 2022, Commended
  • Short Description
Education goes undercover in this compelling look at some of the world’s most secretive schools through history

Education goes undercover in this compelling look at some of the world’s most secretive schools through history

Can you keep a secret? What if it meant hiding from your loved ones, sneaking out late at night, or risking imprisonment? And what if that secret was that you were going to school?

From covert classrooms created by enslaved Africans in the United States, to academic schools disguised as “sewing lessons” for women in Afghanistan, to espionage schools run by powerful governments, Secret Schools explores the hidden classrooms that have opened their doors so children and adults could learn.

Vivid linocut illustrations and interesting facts enhance the book’s 15 true stories of resilience and courage in the pursuit of education. Accompanying profiles for each story introduce readers to an important person who played a significant role in each secret school. Concluding with a look at inventive approaches to education in today’s world, this deep dive into clandestine learning will invite readers to think deeply about the meaning of education and the barriers many face in accessing it.

  • New from award-winning writer Heather Camlot, author of What If Soldiers Fought with Pillows?
  • Highly readable nonfiction with curriculum ties to global citizenship and social studies
  • Presents real-life examples of the intersection between activism and education
  • Includes an endnote and a selected bibliography for further reading

Award-winning writer HEATHER CAMLOT is the author of the non-fiction book What If Soldiers Fought with Pillows?, as well as two novels for young adults. A journalist for more than 20 years, she has written, edited and translated for various print and online publications. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her family.

Contributor Website

ERIN TANIGUCHI is an illustrator and printmaker who earned their fine arts degree from Emily Carr University and has been working as an artist for almost a decade. Their work can be seen in numerous magazines throughout North America, illustrating works of fiction, current affairs and political articles. They are based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

"Inspiring tributes to select underground and nontraditional schools and those who founded them."

- Kirkus Reviews

"An interesting, often inspiring overview of a topic rarely examined for this age group that will motivate readers to explore further."

- Booklist

"A timely look at past and present tales of students struggling to learn at all costs ... This book will surely inspire students to conduct further research on many of these underground schools as well as the many brave individuals who made them possible."

- School Library Connection

"Inspiring ... Readers will gain a new perspective about the world around them and their own role as students."

- BC Teachers' Federation

"The information is interesting and presented in short sections ... Recommended."

- Canadian Review of Materials

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What If Soldiers Fought with Pillows? Heather Camlot 9781771473620 $19.95 CAD Mar 15, 2020

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