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Viola Desmond Won't Be Budged

Written by Jody Nyasha Warner • Illustrated by Richard Rudnicki

For readers 5 - 9 years old | Published September 01, 2010 | ISBN 9781554981960
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Women

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Viola Desmond Won't Be Budged

Jody Nyasha Warner • Richard Rudnicki

In Nova Scotia, in 1946, an usher in a movie theatre told Viola Desmond to move from her main floor seat up to the balcony. She refused to budge. Viola knew she was being asked to move because she was black. After all, she was the only black person downstairs. All the other black people were up in the balcony. In no time at all, the police arrived and took Viola to jail. The next day she was charged and fined, but she vowed to continue her struggle against such unfair rules. She refused to accept that being black meant she couldn't sit where she wanted. Viola's determination gave strength and inspiration to her community at the time. She is an unsung hero of the North American struggle against injustice and racial discrimination whose story deserves to be widely known.

About the Creators

Jody Nyasha Warner

Jody Nyasha Warner is a writer, editor and former librarian. She lives in Toronto with her two children.

Richard Rudnicki

Richard Rudnicki has illustrated several award-winning children's books. Viola Desmond Won't Be Budged! was a finalist for the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction, a finalist for the Mayor's Award for Excellence in Book Illustration (Halifax), and a finalist for the Silver Birch Award, and Gracie, the Public Gardens Duck won the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration and was a finalist for the APMA Best Atlantic Published Book Award. Richard is well known for his paintings of Nova Scotia. He also teaches figure drawing and portraiture and gives school workshops. He lives in Halifax.

Awards and Praise
  • Short-listed Norma Fleck for Canadian Children's Non Fiction, 2011
  • Commended Resource Links' Year's Best, 2010
  • Short-listed SYRCA Shining Willow Award, 2011
  • Short-listed ReadBoston Best Read Aloud Book, 2011
  • Long-listed Vancouver Children's Literature Roundtable Information Book Award, 2011