The Prisoner and the Writer

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$14.99  $13.94
Groundwood Books
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6.2 X 9.1 X 0.6 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

HEATHER CAMLOT is the author of the nonfiction What If Soldiers Fought with Pillows? and the Skipping Stones Honor Award novels The Other Side and Clutch, the latter of which was named among Kirkus's Best Middle-Grade Historical Fiction. A journalist for more than 20 years, she has written, edited and translated for various publications, including Quill & Quire, Owl, TV Guide Canada and Style at Home. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

SOPHIE CASSON has illustrated The Artist and Me by Shane Peacock, a finalist for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Quelle pagaille! by Danielle Marcotte and Laurence-Aurélie Théroux-Marcotte, a finalist for the Governor General's Award, and Helen's Birds by Sara Cassidy. Her highly acclaimed illustrations are inspired by Japanese woodblock prints and World War II-era posters. Sophie's award-winning work has also appeared in the Globe and Mail, the New York Times, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times and Nature, as well as in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Sophie lives in Montreal, Quebec.


An affecting account of the Dreyfus Affair that highlights the importance of acting against injustices. STARRED REVIEW

-- "Foreword"

Short, forceful verses from Camlot (What If Soldiers Fought with Pillows?) pair with textured portraiture and landscapes by Casson (Helen's Birds)--oil pastel monoprints with soft pastel--to pull readers into this story based on France's Dreyfus affair.

-- "Publishers Weekly"

Readers will see echoes of current events in this scandalous story of 1890s antisemitism, bias, and the role of upstanders in confronting prejudice.

-- "Booklist"

A small but powerful book that ... works on many different levels and can be an important tool in discussions with older students.

-- "The International Educator Blog"

Illustrated in dominating tones of black, blue, and red, it's the occasional bursts of yellow depicting sources of light that remind us that hope is still alive, even during the darkest of times. ... A soul-stirring story that is just as moving visually, The Prisoner and the Writer is well worth the read, and is a great introduction to developing young readers' critical thinking skills.

-- "Montreal Review of Books"

Beautifully illustrated, [The Prisoner and the Writer] is a vividly written parable for today's age of misinformation. The concept is carefully formed and powerfully executed. ... A delight and a uniquely valuable book for today's world.

-- "Historical Novel Society"

Beau-ti-ful-ly illus-trat-ed and easy to under-stand, The Pris-on-er and the Writer caters to young read-ers who may be encoun-ter-ing this piece of his-to-ry for the first time. ... Writ-ten in com-pelling verse, [it] opens up many themes for impor-tant edu-ca-tion-al discussion.

-- "Jewish Book Council"

Camlot's brief, poetic text emphasizes the horrible conditions under which Dreyfus was imprisoned, the rampant anti-Semitism prevalent in France, and the personal consequences Zola suffered for his defense of Dreyfus. ... Casson's pastel illustrations ... emphasize setting details and feature numerous views of the characters that emphasize their strongly felt emotions.

-- "CM: Canadian Review of Materials"

The Prisoner and the Writer works as a story in itself, whether or not young readers understand the history; as a starting point for discussion; or, with its rich back matter, as a whetting of the appetite for high school and beyond.

-- "New York Times"