Sarah's Stars

Anne Dublin. June Callwood: A Life of Action
Second Story Press  $14.95  ISBN 1-897187-14-9  140 pg.
Reviewed by Sarah, Age 16

Although other people have called June Callwood a saint, she doesn’t see herself as one. She is someone who has worked her whole life to help the poor, the homeless, the dying -- people on the fringes of society ... June  Callwood has made a real difference in the world.

Growing up during the Great Depression, June’s childhood was never easy. When her father left to join the RCE (Royal Canadian Engineers) things got much worse. June, her mother and her sister often went hungry and were forced to flee rental houses in the middle of the night. Eventually June‚s mother made her quit school and get a job to support the three of them. June was hired on at the local newspaper, where her lifelong career of writing began.

June Callwood: A Life of Action is simply written. Many topics are only briefly mentioned, and not described in detail. It would be a good resource for a student, or someone interested in the general facts of June’s life. I thought that a lot of interesting little notes could be expanded much further, and I wanted to know the full story. There are many wonderful pictures. Unfortunately, some come before the paragraphs where they are explained, making it confusing for the reader. However, the basic and most important facts are there, and I thought the timeline at the end of the book was an excellent addition.

I think that June Callwood: A Life of Action deserves four stars.


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