Reviews

 

Life Lines: The Lanier Phillips Story

“Young readers will be captivated by the exciting tale of a shipwreck and survival, but this book is more than just an adventure story. Author Christine Welldon has painted a compelling picture of the pervasive racism of the time, and while its grim realities are not sugar-coated, they have been sensitively presented with the target audience of ages 8 to 12 in mind.

The book is sprinkled throughout with photographs and blocks of interesting facts that compliment the narrative.

Life Lines is a well-told and important story about the power of kindness to inspire and uplift.”

Kate Watson, Atlantic Books Today

THE CHILDREN OF AFRICVILLE

Nominated for the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award, Golden Oak Award, and Round Table Children’s Literature Award.

Welldon writes evocatively. She (offers) a window into a little-known aspect of Canadian life, clearly documents the feeling of community within the village and the richness of life there. —Canadian Materials

“Once again, Ms. Welldon has demonstrated a knack for taking a complex topic and boiling it down to the basics. The result, for her young readers, is a work that is both topical and readable. A major contribution to Canadiana and, at the same time, a lesson in tolerance.” Independent reviewer, Goodreads

“I love teaching topics that have true meaning that reach the emotions and hearts of children.  Here’s a quote from one of my students.  It put a lump in my throat because it was so moving, even though she said it in such a matter of fact way…………………”When I grow up, I want to go and visit Africville” Even though, Africville is no longer there, I think the memory will live in her heart forever.  That really proved how special the people of Africville are, and how they touched our hearts.   You are to thank for putting this visual picture/idea into her thoughts.” Toronto Educator

 

REPORTER IN DISGUISE: THE INTREPID VIC STEINBERG

Nominated for the Hackmatack Award 2015

“If you thought old Hogtown was a paragon of virtue in Victorian times, read on … Welldon’s delicious account of an anonymous newspaper commentator sets the record straight, and reveals the inconceivable hurdles confronting working women in the 1890s.” John Payzant, author, Fish Out of Water

Revealing the challenges of being a working woman in the 1890s, this text is a delightful read, offering snippets from the popular column in the Toronto News that kept everyone guessing. Highly recommended for capable readers aged 11 and up. Beverley Brenna, For The StarPhoenix

Youth and adult readers alike will enjoy “Reporter in Disguise”, a much recommended biography of a truly remarkable woman. COPYRIGHT 2013 Midwest Book Review

Welldon does an excellent job of not just telling the story but also adding background information about prisons or sweatshops and even the New Woman movement, which encouraged women to have their own lives and careers. Booklist, 2013

 

MOLLY KOOL: CAPTAIN OF THE ATLANTIC

“The author’s portrayal of a feisty heroine holds the reader’s attention, as do her descriptions of setting. Welldon liberally salts her narrative with direct quotations, most of which originate from archival interviews, the better to impart a sense of Kool’s distinctive voice. Yet Welldon also conveys the political and social scene of the first half of the twentieth century in the town of Alma, Kool’s birthplace, in the province of New Brunswick, in the country of Canada, and even beyond. Welldon’s decision to view history through alternating narrow and wide lenses results in a book with a wider-ranging scope of appeal. Readers interested in biography, history, the Atlantic shipping industry, and New Brunswick’s archival holdings, for instance, all will find something to suit them. Physically, Molly Kool: Captain of the Atlantic is an object of beauty” CM Magazine

This little book of 102 pages of text plus index and bibliography is well-written too. It should be in every high school and middle school library, not to mention the public library systems of every province. 

Suitable for every age above 10, profusely illustrated, nicely produced and only $15.95, it should be made available across Canada. The Guardian

 

 

CHILDREN OF THE TITANIC

“The adventures of the youthful protagonists, as they revel in the excitement of the ocean voyage, and their experiences during the sinking of the Titanic are compellingly entwined with known facts about the ship and the harrowing events that marked its loss.”    Randy Bryan Bigham

THE CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY: PON GIT CHENG

“This beautifully illustrated book tells the little known story of the Chinese immigrant labourers who worked on the Canadian Pacific Railway construc¬tion through the Rocky Mountains. It also tells something of the harsh conditions that led them to leave China and of the equally harsh conditions they faced in Canada.” CM Magazine

Reporter in Disguise: the Intrepid Vic Steinberg

Christine Welldon’s Reporter in Disguise: The Intrepid Vic Steinberg (Fitzhenry & Whiteside hardcover, $19.95) offers a tremendously intriguing biography of a 19th century Toronto journalist. Revealing the challenges of being a working woman in the 1890s, this text is a delightful read, offering snippets from the popular column in the Toronto News that kept everyone guessing. StarPhoenix


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