The story of a memorable event in Canadian history - a 100-day strike that brought a town of thousands to the streets. A Canadian Children's Book Centre Selection and Winner of the Ruth Schwartz Award for Children's Literature.
Marsha Hewitt is the author, with Bill Freeman, of Their Town: The Mafia, The Media and The Party Machine. She teaches Canadian Labour History and Religion at Vanier CEGEP in Montreal.
Claire Mackay is the author of a number of books for young people, including Mini-Bike Hero and Exit Barney McGee. She is a full-time writer and researcher in Toronto.
"The event is the 1946 strike against Montreal Cottons—a David and Goliath story—that pits the mill workers of Valleyfield, Quebec, against a national company, the provincial police, and the Catholic Church. Seen through the eyes of the thirteen-year-old Lucie Laplante, who has had to quit school to work in the mill, One Proud Summer tells the story of dismal working conditions, a decision to strike, and the 100-day battle that follows. You are there with the strikers all through that long, hot, frightening summer—sometimes close to tears, and cheering them at the end with great shouts of joy. This is an important piece of our history recovered." —Janet Lunn, children’s writer and critic