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Children's Nonfiction Politics & Government

Listen to Us /hc

The World's Working Children

by (author) Jane Springer

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Oct 1997
Politics & Government
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 1997
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
  • Reading age: 12 to 15


In this haunting book, aid worker Jane Springer provides a clear introduction to the issue of child labor. Among other things she discusses the kinds of work children do and why they do it, and why child labor is an issue in both developing and industrialized countries. Most importantly she lets child workers from around the world speak for themselves, allowing them to share their experiences of suffering, exploitation and deprivation.

Filled with heart-wrenching photographs, this book is the perfect starting point to learn more about this vital humanitarian issue.

About the author

Jane Springer is the author of Genocide, part of the Groundwork Guides series for which she is also the series editor. She is a consultant in international development and has lived and worked in Mozambique and India. She is the author of Listen to Us: The World's Working Children and translator of the Portuguese-language books Nest Egg and Tales from the Amazon. Jane Springer lives in Toronto.

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Editorial Reviews

[Jane Springer's] book is a call to action


...a comprehensive, accessible, thoughtful, and direct book that should be in every school and public library in North America.


Springer writes to young readers on the cusp of maturity as if they were adults, not pulling punches.

Chicago Tribune

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