African-American serviceman Lanier Phillips was just eighteen years old when he was rescued from a sinking warship off the coast of Newfoundland in 1942 – a turn of events that transformed his life and ignited a lasting passion for civil rights. The son of sharecroppers from the Deep South, and the great-grandson of slaves, Lanier knew only hatred for white people. As a child he was told never to look a white man in the face, for fear of a lynching. His experience with the villagers of St. Lawrence, Newfoundland, taught him that racism can be overcome and that the first change must come from within. Lanier went on to a distinguished career in the US Navy as the first African American sonar technician. He joined the Civil Rights Movement, marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, and told his story of transformation for the rest of his life.
CHRISTINE WELLDON loves bringing little-known stories of Canadian history to life for young readers. Her books – including The Children of Africville (Nimbus 2009), Children of the Titanic (Nimbus 2010), and Listen to My Story: Pier 21 (Nimbus 2012) – have been nominated for the Hackmatack, Golden Oak, Round Table Children’s Literature, and ALA Amelia Bloomer awards.Welldon makes her home in Nova Scotia.
"Life Lines is a short book intended for young people, for those who might not have raised their hands earlier. The hope is that through its pages young readers — all readers, for that matter — will be exposed to an important story from Newfoundland’s history; a story not just about the United States’ racial bigotry but of North American racism.”
— Harold Walters, The Packet
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