My Writing

44 Hours or Strike44 Hours or Strike!

The Toronto Dressmakers’ Strike of 1931 brings young sisters Sophie and Rose together in their fight for better working conditions, decent wages, and for their union. It’s a tough battle as mistrust and resentment of immigrants is growing, with many people blaming their poverty and difficulties on these workers. Sophie and Rose are faced with unexpected — and sometimes violent — barriers, and they quickly find that a strike is more than just a march.

Barely into the strike, Rose is imprisoned after a fight on the picket line, leaving fourteen-year-old Sophie to take care of their ailing mother at night and spend her days protesting in the freezing weather. Rose’s isolation in prison weakens her resolve for change. Will they be able to continue to fight for what they once so strongly believed in?

In the midst of anti-Semitism and the Great Depression, Sophie, Rose, and their union come together to try to make a lasting change.

Purchase Price: $11.95 (Pbk)
ISBN 978-1-927583-76-0
Second Story Press, October 2015

Teacher’s Guide:

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Awards / Honours

Canadian Jewish Literary Award (Youth Literature), 2016

Reviews

“Intense, dramatic descriptions bring out the hardships of sweatshop life in the early 1930s… A realistic look at a hard-fought fight.”
(Kirkus Reviews, July 2015)

“… brings a crucial part of Canadian labour history to life and introduces young readers to key historical figures of the time. The story moves at a fast pace, and the short chapters keep readers engaged.” (Canadian Children’s Book News, Fall 2015)

“… the resource guide provides a wealth of ways students can engage with this excellent piece of historical fiction.” (Canadian Teacher, Feb. 2017)

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Odyssey Through HellOdyssey Through Hell

Helen Drazek was born in the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland in 1941.  She and her parents were the only survivors of a large, close-knit family that was entirely annihilated during the Holocaust.

In Odyssey through Hell, Helen tells the harrowing story of her parents’ desperate attempts to survive in the ghetto, their narrow escape into hiding, and their ultimate journey to freedom in a new land.  This is a story of courage and terror, of loyalty and betrayal, of righteousness and infamy. But above all, it is the story of how one young couple kept hope when others despaired; of how one person can make a difference.

Anne co-authored and edited Odyssey Through Hell.

Purchase Price: $18.00
ISBN 978-0-9938698-0-8 (pbk.)
We Make Books, 2014

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Stealing Time

Jonah Wiley is a 12-year-old boy fascinated by clocks and watches. He’s going through a tough period. He’s angry because his parents are divorced and his father has remarried. When his mother goes off on a week-long conference, Jonah has to stay with his father, stepmother, and younger stepbrother, Toby.

Because Jonah feels he doesn’t belong, he steals his father’s antique pocket watch. When Toby winds the watch, the two boys are hurled back into the past, first to Memphis in ancient Egypt, then to various centuries in China, France, England, the United States, Ireland, and even Canada. As they travel through history, the boys discover interesting information about time and how it was measured throughout the ages.

But there’s one big problem: Jonah and Toby must race against the clock, or be stuck in the past forever.

Purchase Price: $9.99
ISBN 978-1459709737
Dundurn Press, 2014

Teacher’s Guide:

Reviews

“Stealing Time is an exciting adventure novel, and the historical details of time keeping are fascinating and well-researched.”
Tara Stieglitz (CM Magazine, February 2014)

“Young lovers of history and novice horologists will find that reading Dublin’s fast-paced and fact-filled book will be time well spent.”
Allison Marks (AJL Reviews, May/June 2014)


The Baby Experiment

Johanna is a 14-year-old Jewish girl who lives in Hamburg, Germany, in the early 18th century. She feels stifled by the daily drudgery of her life and dreams of seeing what lies outside the confines of the Jewish quarter. Johanna lies about her identity and gets a job as a caregiver at an orphanage. Until it’s too late, she doesn’t realize a secret experiment is taking place that results in the deaths of babies.

Deciding to kidnap one of the orphans, Johanna sets off for Amsterdam. She faces many dangers on her journey, including plague, bandits, storms and, not least of all, anti-Semitism. Johanna has a lot of courage and determination, but will it be enough to save the baby and reach her destination? Will she finally find a place where she can be free?

Purchase Price: $9.99
ISBN 978-1459701359
Dundurn Press, 2012

>Teacher’s Guide to The Baby Experiment

Awards / Honours

·        Teachers’ Guide, S&B List, “Top Grade: CanLit for the Classroom”, Fall 2012
·        Nominated for Woozles Teen Battle of the Books 2013

Reviews

“The Baby Experiment is a great book for anyone, but it stands out as a book perfect for the classroom with many opportunities to expand on the themes of friendship, tolerance, prejudice, and historical events.”
Crystal Sutherland (CM Magazine, March 2012)


The Orphan Rescue

It is springtime 1937 in the small city of Sosnowiec, Poland. Twelve-year-old Miriam and her young brother, David, live with their grandparents after their parents die. But soon their grandparents can no longer support them and David must go to an orphanage. Miriam decides to rescue David so that they might become a family again.

Purchase Price: $8.95
ISBN 978-1-897187-81-4
Second Story Press, 2010

>Teacher’s Guide to The Orphan Rescue

Awards / Honours

·        Finalist, (U.S.) National Jewish Book Award for Children’s and YA Literature (2010)
·        Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Older Readers, Association of Jewish Libraries (2011)
·        “Best Books”, starred selection ,The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (2011)

Reviews

“In pacing, characterization, and the realization of a moving theme, The Orphan Rescue is a sterling example of how meaningful subjects may be distilled into stories that appeal to middle-grade children, arousing their interest, their empathy, and their social consciousness.”
Linda R. Silver (Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter, November/December 2010)

“… this novel is a wonderful example of historical fiction that will touch a nerve in the hearts of its readers.”
Nicole Rowlinson (Resource Links Reviews, February 2011)

 


Dynamic Women Dancers

Dynamic Women Dancers is the fourteenth title in the Women’s Hall of Fame Series. The book profiles ten women dancers from around the world. From classical ballet to modern, flamenco, and Bharatanatyam, these women have made the dance world their stage, performing and teaching all over the globe. They also share a commitment to making a difference in the world around them through their involvement in dance.

Purchase Price: $10.95
ISBN 978-1-897187-56-2
Second Story Press, 2009

Awards / Honours

·        “Best Books for Kids & Teens”, The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (2010)

Reviews

“… the hand of the former teacher-librarian and dance enthusiast is evident in Dublin’s even, sensitive treatment of her subjects’ personal and professional selves.”
Julie Chychota (CM Magazine, September 11, 2009)

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JuneCallwoodJune Callwood: A Life of Action

This is the first biography about June Callwood, one of Canada’s most influential journalists and humanitarians, who passed away in 2007. For ages 10 and up.

Purchase Price: $14.95
ISBN 1-897187-14-9
Second Story Press, 2006

 

>Teacher’s Guide to June Callwood: a life of action

Awards / Honours

·        Nominated for Golden Oak award, Ontario Library Association (2008)
·       “Our Choice” selection, The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (2007)

Reviews

“… a rounded and engaging portrait of a remarkable woman.”
Susan Perren (The Globe and Mail, January 6, 2007, p. D16)

“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.”
Carlyn Zwarenstein (Quill & Quire, Dec. 2006)

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BobbieRosenfeldBobbie Rosenfeld: The Olympian Who Could Do Everything

Canada’s greatest all-round female athlete of the 20th century was admired for her medal-winning skills, good humor and fair play. An inspiring book for sports fans of all ages.

Purchase Price: $14.95
ISBN 1-896764-82-7
Second Story Press, 2004

>Teacher’s Guide to Bobbie Rosenfeld

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Awards / Honours

·       National Chapter Of Canada, IODE Violet Downey Book Award (2005)
·       Canadian Jewish Book Award, Children’s Literature (2005)
·       Norma Fleck Honour book for Canadian Children’s Non-fiction (2004)
·       Sydney Taylor Honor book, Association of Jewish Libraries (2004)
·       ALA Amelia Bloomer Project, recommended Feminist Book for Youth (2005)
·       Nominated for Golden Oak award, Ontario Library Association (2005)
·       “Our Choice”, starred selection, The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (2005)

Reviews

“Filled with clear, captioned photographs; boxed facts; and period newspaper headlines, this first-rate biography will supplement women’s history studies and collections.”
Linda Perkins (Booklist, Sep. 1, 2004)

“… readable, informative, and entertaining biography.”
Marci Lavine Bloch (Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter, September/October 2004)

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WrittenontheWindWritten on the Wind

Set in Toronto in 1954, this gripping story is based on the true story of Hurricane Hazel. For ages 8-10.

Purchase Price: $6.95
ISBN: 0-9686899-5-7
2001

Awards / Honours

·       “Our Choice” selection, The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (2003)

Reviews

“In its simplicity and convincing re-creation of a Canadian childhood in the 1950s, Written on the Wind charms.”
Linda R. Silver (Jewish Book World, 2002)
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LucyMaudMontgomeryLucy Maud Montgomery:
A Writer’s Life

When she was a child, L.M. Montgomery loved to make up stories and poems. When she grew up, she became a famous writer. Find out how the author of Anne of Green Gables made her own dreams come true. For ages 7-9.

Purchase Price: N/A (part of a set)
ISBN:013-124449-3
Pearson Education Canada, 2005

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Articles and Short Stories:

ChildLit1
“Why should young adults read Holocaust literature anyway?”
in The New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship
Vol. 8, 2002, pp.127-141
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Presented at the 2005 AJL convention, June 21, 2005.
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Holocaust Links
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Simon Wiesenthal Center
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Yad Vashem

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Parchment2
“Can a Jewish Girl Have a Fairy Godmother?” in Parchment: contemporary Canadian Jewish writing 2003-2004, pp.96-110.
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“At the Old Folks’ Home or, What’s Happening?”in Parchment: contemporary Canadian Jewish writing 2004-2005, pp. 65-79
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“This Ain’t Graceland” in Parchment: contemporary Canadian Jewish writing 2005-2006, pp. 160-167
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“Degrees of Separation” in Parchment: contemporary Canadian Jewish writing 2006-2008, pp. 128-136