To Stand on My Own

To Stand on My Own

The Polio Epidemic Diary of Noreen Robertson

Book - 2010
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The dark threat of polio becomes a reality for a young Prairie girl.

In the summer of 1937, life on the Prairies is not easy. The Great Depression has brought great hardship, and young Noreen's family must scrimp to make ends meet.

In a horrible twist of fate, Noreen, like hundreds of other young Canadians, contracts polio and is placed in an isolation ward, unable to move her legs. After a few weeks she gains partial recovery, but her family makes the painful decision to send her to a hospital far away for further treatment.

To Stand On My Own is Noreen's diary account of her journey through recovery: her treatment; life in the ward; the other patients, some of them far worse off than her; adjustment to life in a wheelchair and on crutches; and ultimately, the emotional and physical hurdles she must face when she returns home.

In this moving addition to the Dear Canada series, award-winning author Barbara Haworth-Attard recreates a desolate time in Canadian history, and one girl's brave fight against a deadly disease.

Publisher: Toronto : Scholastic Canada, c2010
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ISBN: 9781443100175
Branch Call Number: J DEA
Characteristics: 185 p. :,ill., map ;,20 cm

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This is my favourite book in the ENTIRE Dear Canada series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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eardrum
Jun 23, 2015

This book is awesome! The author really made Noreen's struggles real and the book doesn't just focus on the polio epidemic, it tells about the Great Depression as well.

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elainexiao
Nov 03, 2014

this book is sooo touching

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Meabh
Jul 07, 2014

This is my favourite dear Canada book.

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sofa2001
Apr 13, 2014

I remember buying this book at Cole's with my birthday money. I love it so much! Not only is Noreen my age, but she had strength to go through a difficult period in Canada's history. I didn't even know about polio until I read this diary! I highly recommend this book.

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katelynheide
Feb 14, 2014

I'm a picky reader, but I love this series of books ecspecialy this one.

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SAMANTHALEI
May 20, 2013

I love this book. it is awesome! you should read it !!!

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PCT
Apr 16, 2013

I think this book is great!

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UnbreakableValour
Oct 01, 2011

this is a great book which somehow got me interested in polio.this is also one of the first dear canada books that i have actually paid attention to when i read it.

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Kyrgusztan
Sep 09, 2011

This book is really,really,really good this is the first dear canada I have read , I read a lot of dear canada books and personaly this is the best one.

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eardrum thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 37

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Mar 23, 2011

UnbreakableValour thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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