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June Callwood

A Life of Action

by (author) Anne Dublin

Second Story Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2006
General, Girls & Women
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    Publish Date
    Jan 2006
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    Publish Date
    Oct 2006
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 18
  • Grade: 3 to 12
  • Reading age: 9 to 18


A biography for young readers on the inspiring life of June Callwood, one of Canada’s greatest journalists and humanitarians. Filled with images and details of June’s life, from her humble beginnings in small-town Ontario to her work as a journalist, where she interviewed Elvis, to her founding of Jessie's house, a place to provide support and housing for teen parents. Her love for life and her desire to help others will inspire young readers who want to make their world a better place.

About the author

Anne Dublin is a former teacher-librarian and award-winning author living in Toronto. She has written two biographies for Second Story Press – June Callwood: A Life of Action and Bobbie Rosenfeld: The Olympian Who Could Do Everything – as well as Dynamic Women Dancers, part of the Women’s Hall of Fame series and the children’s historical fiction novel The Orphan Rescue.

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Librarian Reviews

June Callwood: A Life of Action

June Callwood’s story is a magnificent one and this biography for young adults captures the details of her social activism and her journalistic endeavours quite well. Today’s young people may not realize how extraordinary her work was at a time of global upheaval and a dawning social awareness of Torontonians in need. The book explains the important work done by the many social agencies that were founded by June’s efforts, agencies which include Digger House, Casey House, Nellie’s Hostel for Women and Jessie’s Centre for Teenagers. Young female readers will find June to be an admirable role model for their personal and professional considerations.

Anne Dublin recounts June’s story using personal details taken from interviews with her, her family and friends, and from June’s body of writings. The book is thoroughly researched and includes many black and white photographs of Canadian society and events during June’s lifetime.

From her rural childhood and family economic struggles during the Depression, to modern day media persona, June has embraced adventure and advocated for change, displaying compassion and courage during troubled personal and professional hardships. She has been blessed with family and friends who pay tribute to her throughout the book. Since a diagnosis with cancer, her words are reflective of a life that has been fulfilling and strengthening.

This book would complement other resources in a Toronto local history collection, as well as enhance a Canadian biography collection.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Winter 2007. Vol.30 No.1.

June Callwood: A Life of Action

This first ever biography of June Callwood, one of Canada’s most inspiring activists, is filled with photographs and exciting details about her life.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2007.

Other titles by Anne Dublin