Sharon Gibson Palermo

Born in Philadelphia, Sharon Gibson Palermo now lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She holds a B.A. and M. Ed. from Boston University and a M.A. Ed. from Mt. St. Vincent University in Halifax. Palermo's short story "I Am Hilda Burrows" won first prize in the 1991 Thistledown Press short story competition and was subsequently published in The Blue Jean Collection(Thistledown, 1992). Palermo has also published a book titled Chestnuts for the Brave (Nimbus, 1991), as well as several articles on teaching.









young adult NOVEL

104 pages / trade paper

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ISBN: 978-1-895449-44-0
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Sharon Gibson Palermo

This historical fiction takes up the perspective of a ten year old girl whose father is an Italian “detainee” in Atlantic Canada during the Second World War.

“Palermo uses a familiar YA style that makes the 1940s seem contemporary...The language is vivid...the story's sense of a terrible wrongdoing comes across loud and clear.”
Quill & Quire.

This novel would make an excellent starting point for student investigations into the principle of equality.

  • Finalist for the Red Cedar and Silver Birch Awards
  • Finalist, Geoffrey Bilson Award

Ages 8-13


Beaton, Virginia. “Neglected history recounted in children's novel.” Halifax Chronicle-Herald . July 14, 1995. B2.
Fazio, Venera. “At a glance.” Eyetalian (Winter 1996): 30-1.
Garvie, Maureen. Quill & Quire (May 1995).
Jenkinson, Dave. Canadian Children's Literature (July 1996): 66.
Johnston, Ingrid. Resource Links (February 1996): 129.
MacDonald, Cathy. “Keeping the enthusiasm high.” Halifax Daily News . September 8, 1996. 50.
Matthews, Katherine. Children's Book News, Canadian Children's Book Centre 19.1 (Winter 1996): 16.
“Novels with a touch of reality.” Atlantic Books Today (Summer 1995): 13.
“StoryMakers presents 'The Lie That Had To Be' - May 7.” Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia (1995).

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