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.

CN Tower


Paul would especially like to express his appreciation to the following individuals and groups who assisted with the development of the novel Shayna's Shadows:




  • His Grade 11 first semester English students at Downsview Secondary School, North York Board, 1991/2, for their critiques, which included many helpful suggestions, many of which were incorporated into subsequent revisions; here are their names: Shaniza Ali, Karon Allen, Ian Arcaya, Lester Arrindell, Steve Conte, Karen Daley, Careen Dickens, Norma DuQuesnay, Paula Forrest, Mely Galo, Adam Garland, Keith Henry, Hadley Hui, Kathleen Morris, Saithavy Phonsavatdy, Maurizio Piasentin, Jeremy Schaus, Tony Shino, Ed Smith, Dane Wedderburn, Sheryl Williams, Mehul Zaveri
  • Dr. Victor Shepherd, Mississauga, for permission to use excerpts from his article "Holocaust seeds in Christianity" in the United Church Observer, May 1985
  • His daughter, Ahuva Brown, for her assistance in editing
  • His daughter, Batya Bromberg, for her cover drawing
  • His son, Eli Brown, for his cover design, and for his many creative suggestions
  • Carol Brown for her support
  • Steve Palmer for his technical expertise freely given
  • Resa Lax for her enthusiasm, a creative shot in the arm from a Creative Director
  • Fern Lebo for her many talents readily shared
  • Carole Riddolls for her interest and involvement
  • Joanne Laing and her grade six class at Pierre Laporte Middle School, Toronto District School Board, 1998/9, for their pioneering field testing of the novel
  • Drs. Jeff Lipton and John Curtis, for their care and concern; may G-d grant them long life and much happiness
  • G-d, for His continued blessings