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Second Chances

Second Chances
Harriet Zaidman By (author)
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Red Deer Press

Limited ***

5.3 X 7.5 in
288 pg

YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Health & Daily Living / Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical / Canada


Second Chances recalls the tragic polio epidemics of the 1950s, just as a life-saving vaccine was developed. A teenage hockey star paralyzed by the disease meets a girl in hospital, worried that her family and Metis community are threatened by racist attitudes of the city, which wants their land.


"Zaidman's strength is her attention to the details of mid-century polio treatment and recovery, including the specialized equipment, accommodations made for kids on the polio wards, and the public's enormous fear of the disease that caused further hardships for those who were already suffering. Extensive back matter offers further information about polio, touches on Zaidman's extensive research into this era and disease, and includes an interview with the author. . . Today's readers will appreciate the historical parallels to Covid.
Highly Recommended"
CM Magazine

"Second Chances is a meticulously researched novel, including fascinating details about the 1950s polio outbreak, the Metis community of Rooster Town in Winnipeg, news reporting, and NHL and local hockey. Dale is a wonderfully flawed yet caring protagonist who learns to stand up for his beliefs and follow his heart. With obvious connections to current events, Second Chances will encourage conversations about fact versus fiction in relation to vaccines and the impact of historical racism on people of Indigenous and Metis heritage. A detailed teacher's guide offers curriculum connections. A highly satisfying and timely read."
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Author Bio

Harriet Zaidman
Is an author and former teacher-librarian who writes for CM: Review of Materials and The Winnipeg Free Press. Harriet lives in Winnipeg.