Johanna is a 14-year-old Jewish girl who lives in Hamburg,
Germany, in the early 18th century. She feels stifled by the
daily drudgery of her life and dreams of seeing what lies
outside the confines of the Jewish quarter. Johanna lies about
her identity and gets a job as a caregiver at an orphanage.
Until it's too late, she doesn't realize a secret experiment is
taking place that results in the deaths of babies.
Deciding to kidnap one of the orphans, Johanna sets off for Amsterdam. She faces many dangers on her journey, including plague, bandits, storms and, not least of all, anti-Semitism. Johanna has a lot of courage and determination, but will it be enough to save the baby and reach her destination? Will she finally find a place where she can be free?
The Baby Experiment
Dundurn Press, 2012
Dynamic Women Dancers
Second Story Press, 2009
JUNE CALLWOOD: a life of action
Second Story Press, 2006
Bobbie Rosenfeld: The Olympian who Could Do
Second Story Press, 2004
'Why should young adults read Holocaust literature anyway?'
in The New Review of Children's Literature and Librarianship
Vol. 8, 2002, pp.127-141
Written on the Wind
Lucy Maud Montgomery: A Writer's Life
Pearson Education Canada, 2005
"Can a Jewish Girl Have a Fairy Godmother?"
in Parchment: contemporary Canadian Jewish writing 2003-2004, pp.96-110.
"At the Old Folks' Home or, What's Happening?"
in Parchment: contemporary Canadian Jewish writing 2004-2005, pp. 65-79
"This Aint Graceland"
in Parchment: contemporary Canadian Jewish writing 2005-2006, pp. 160-167
"Degrees of Separation"
in Parchment: contemporary Canadian Jewish writing 2006-2008, pp. 128-136