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Labour pains

Two novels, released on the 100th anniversary of the Winnipeg Strike, look at the event through the eyes of young newspaper sellers

Papergirl

Melinda McCracken with Penelope Jackson Fernwood Publishing, Ages 9-13

City on Strike

Harriet Zaidman Red Deer Press, Ages 10+

ON MAY 15,1919, some 30,000 workers in Win- nipeg walked off the job to protest poor living wages and demand collective bargaining. Two new middle-grade novels bring the general strike, a watershed event, to light through determined working-class protagonists.

Papergirl - by the late Winnipeg author and journalist Melinda McCracken with Halifax writer and editor Penelope Jackson - follows

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