Shayna's Shadows

Shayna's Shadows by Paul Philip Brown

Calling people names:

Is it harmless fun?

Or is it a dangerous first step towards bigotry?

Shayna's arrival at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Junior High School begins well until her Jewishness attracts the wrong kind of attention. Gilbert and his friends seem to be lurking everywhere, and it doesn't look as though they'll ever leave her alone.


From Yorkdale Shopping Centre to the underground city beneath Toronto, from SkyDome to the Young People's Theatre, Shayna struggles to find the courage to confront her tormentors before their hurtful prejudices overwhelm her.

Yorkdale

Reviews

Brown has written a fine book called Shayna's Shadows (Educan Publishing, 1998) about bullying, and how one school tried to do something about it.
~ Leila Speisman, Canadian Jewish News

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While the book sounds serious, you will find a lot to enjoy in it, especially seeing Shayna change from a scared, insecure and easily intimidated girl to a determined person, with the courage to face her tormenters.
~ Leila Speisman, Canadian Jewish News

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Many issues that students face are touched upon in this book. Brown has observed, firsthand, what students undergo at the junior high and high school levels. This book can be a very important learning tool in dealing with anti-Semitism.
~ Rosalie Kurz, Jewish Tribune

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Mr. Brown is to be commended for leaving the ending unresolved instead of instant realization and repentance.
~ Rita A. Allen, American Jewish Public Library Association Journal

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Shayna's Shadows is unique inasmuch as it goes beyond junior high school. The microcosm in the book is representative of the macrocosm of North American society. The novel goes past the surface to the roots of bigotry.
~ Aliza Libman, Afterword

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Brown paints hatred as a symptom of fear and ignorance, used by people to oppress others. The book illustrates the precise pitfalls of bullying.
~ Aliza Libman, Afterword

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Shayna's Shadows tells a fascinating story that effectively convinces the reader not only to look below the surface, but also contains the ever-satisfying principle ‘what goes around comes around.’
~ Aliza Libman, Afterword

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“We have an obligation to respect, understand and celebrate our differences.”
~ North York Post Magazine

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