CHILDHOOD REGAINED – Stories of Hope for Asian Child Workers   childhood-reg_canada_full


Nineteen eye-opening but hopeful stories and a poem bring to life some of the situations faced by millions of young children working long hours with little or no pay in factories, mines, quarries, and commercial farms in Asia.

The school editions of this anthology include study questions and answers for each story, brief factual information on conditions in various industries in South Asia, a glossary, student activities, and information on how students can help their peers across the globe.

Educators: These captivating fictional stories have been written by talented writers from around the world and organized and edited by a former middle-grade teacher and teacher-librarian. Told through the voices of Asian child workers in various situations, they are the perfect medium to engage your students and help them gain awareness of the situations of many of their peers across the globe. These stories will make a valuable additional resource for any social studies program, especially for students aged 10 to 15.

“Each well-researched story in Childhood Regained is told from the viewpoint of child workers, starting with the harsh realities of their lives and reaching hope-filled, satisfying conclusions. Young readers will be impacted by the unfamiliar worlds depicted in these transformative stories and may gain a new appreciation for all they have and a desire to help make a difference in the world. Highly recommended.”

~ Karen Autio, award-winning author of books for young readers

“While journeying through Childhood Regained, my students have gained a higher level of empathy and increased global awareness. I am excited to share this important book and recommend it to other educators and students.”

~ Natalie Brown, grade 7 teacher, Emily Carr School, London, Ontario

For more information on the school editions of Childhood Regained, click HERE.


– Stories & Poems about Life in BC’s Interior  Voices_full_Nov.9_MSF

VOICES FROM THE VALLEYS – STORIES & POEMS ABOUT LIFE IN BC’S INTERIOR features entertaining short stories, fascinating memoirs, and thought-provoking poetry by 51 talented BC writers, depicting life in every region of the interior of British Columbia, Canada, from the ’50s to today.

Peruse the pages and you’ll find stories about challenging experiences in remote areas, experiences with BC’s deer, bears, moose, and other wildlife; harrowing experiences with forest fires, humorous people-watching stories, touching memoirs, tales of tragic incidents, stories about relationships, and funny-only-in-hindsight true stories.

You’ll find beautiful, thought-provoking poetry about early ranching life, rock climbing, a beloved motorcycle, the loss of orchards, prospecting, experiences with forest fires, encounters with wildlife, and special moments from various regions in BC.

Drawings and stunning colour photos of various regions of BC enhance the print version of this high-quality anthology.

The e-book version, without the photos, is available at ($4.86) and ($3.65).

Trade paperback print copies are available through all Amazon sites, Red Tuque Books, and Cobalt Books.

Please click HERE for more information on this anthology and various ways to acquire your copy, with all net proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders.

TO PURCHASE BOOKS: For information on where and how to purchase any of Jodie Renner’s books, please visit,, or Red Tuque Books, or email or


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– Stories of Hope for Asian Child Workers

“The central theme of the Childhood Regained anthology concerns one of our world’s darkest yet most deeply hidden problems. These are tales that demand to be widely read, written by authors who deserve the widest possible audience. You can’t read these stories and remain passive about the current state of child labor in Asia, or anywhere, really. Strongly recommended.”

~ Joe Hartlaub,

Hidden in darkness and unnoticed by the rest of the world, there exists a horrible situation in South Asia – India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Millions of children as young as five, forced to work up to 16 hours a day. Barely enough food. Poor accommodations for sleep and hygiene. Working in dangerous situations – mines, quarries, factories, brickyards, and on the streets.

Governments and charitable organizations are making inroads, but poverty and natural disasters have added to the stresses that increase the number of children involved.

This collection of short stories and a poem seeks to shine light on the darkness, exposing the situation and raising awareness of the plight of these children.

You can help with your purchase of this book, as all the net proceeds will be donated to a highly respected and trusted charity that works with these children, helping them to regain their childhood, attend school, and develop skills that will allow them to live a productive life.

Contributors: D. Ansing, Della Barrett, Hazel Bennett, Edward Branley, Fern G.Z. Carr, Tom Combs, Sanjay Deshmukh, E.M. Eastick, Peter Eichstaedt, Patricia Anne Elford, Lori Duffy Foster, Sarah Hausman, Barbara Hawley, Rayne Kaa Hedberg, Steve Hooley, Eileen Hopkins, Kym McNabney, Jodie Renner, Caroline Sciriha

For more information, click HERE.