As the principal of one of the most diverse elementary schools in Canada, Edmonds Community School in Burnaby, David Starr provides portraits of students who are surprisingly hopeful despite the many traumas they have faced in From Bombs to Books: Refugee Children, Their Families and an Exceptional Canadian School (Lorimer $22.95). Sometimes funny, sometimes touching and inspirational, Bombs to Books shows how children from troubled pasts can often put their families' grief and trauma behind them. The resiliency of children to adversity should not have to be news-but in an age when many parents are over-protective, Starr and his students have been featured in The Vancouver Sun, The Province, Globe and Mail, and on CBC Radio and Global News.

In David Starr's Golden Game (Lorimer 2017), a Syrian refugee, playing on a soccer team of fellow refugees, discovers how to cope with cripping flashbacks.

BOOKS:

From Bombs to Books: Refugee Children, Their Families and an Exceptional Canadian School (Lorimer 2011) $22.95 978-1-55277-860-9

The Nor'Wester (Ronsdale 2017) $11.95 978-1-55380-493-2

Golden Game (Lorimer 2017) 9781459412316 $12.95

[BCBW 2017]