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Geoffrey Bilson.
Illustrated by Ron Berg.

Toronto, Kids Can Press, c1981.
(Kids Canada series, ISSN 0227-3144).
64pp, paper, $3.95.
ISBN 0-919964-38-9.

Grades 4 and up.
Reviewed by Robert Bruinsma.

Volume 10 Number 4.
1982 November.

The year is 1919; the place, Winnipeg; and the times are tough. The Great War is just over, and many Canadian soldiers returning from Europe's bloody battlefields find their jobs gone or taken by others. In Russia, the Czar has been overthrown, and Bolshevism is a frightening new ideology.

Such is the setting of Goodbye Sarah. The first-person narrative is told by Mary Jarrett, a young school girl whose father becomes a member of the Winnipeg. Strike Committee. Sarah is Mary's best friend, but her father is fiercely opposed to the rising labour movement. The struggles and tensions that finally lead to the Winnipeg General Strike are played out in the lives of Mary and Sarah. There is no happy ending here. The strike is ruthlessly crushed, and Mary must offer a silent farewell to Sarah as she and her family are forced to move away from Winnipeg in the aftermath of the strike.

Goodbye Sarah is another volume in the Kids Canada series from Kids Can Press. This series of short novels written at the intermediate grade level is a successful attempt to make Canadian history come alive for children. The novels can stand on their own merits and also make excellent adjunct reading for social studies units, especially in view of the helpful afterwords added by Canadian historians.

Robert Bruinsma, King's College, Edmonton, AB.
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