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Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Viola Desmond Canadian Title

By Elizabeth MacLeod   Illustrated by Mike Deas   

Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443163873 Hardcover
32 Pages | 9.3" x 9.27" | Ages 6 to 10

Meet Viola Desmond, entrepreneur and trailblazer for racial equality in Canada!

On a rainy November day in 1946, Viola decided that she would not give up her seat in the unofficial white section of a movie theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. Viola knew she was being asked to move because she ws black. She was jailed, tried and found guilty of an unfair charge. But Viola and her supporters persisted in their campaign for social justice — all the way to Nova Scotia's Supreme Court.

Because when Viola decided to do something . . . she did it!

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.

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Praise for Meet Viola Desmond 

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