Righting Wrongs


Short-listed for the 2002 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Norma Fleck Award

Norman Bethune was a doctor who devoted his life to helping others and whose story is a remarkable one, cut short by his early death in China in 1938. This biography in our Stories of Canada series traces his life from his childhood spent moving around Ontario as a preacher’s son to his experiences in the First World War and his crusades to find a cure for tuberculosis and to promote health care in Canada. But Bethune is most famous for the time he spent fighting Fascism through his profession of healing in Spain and China during the late 1930s. His story inspires us to believe that we can change the world through our actions.


Canadian Children’s Book Centre Norma Fleck Award


Honest, accessible account of Norman Bethune's eventful and still influential work. Engages readers.

Norma Fleck Award Jury

Clear, straightforward writing and one-page 'chapters' make this particularly accessible to younger readers.

Toronto Star

Intelligent yet accessible.

CM Magazine

Comprehensive, accessible. A good addition to school and public libraries.

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About the Author

John Wilson

Posted by Kendra on October 30, 2014

John Wilson

John Wilson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is the author of numerous books for young people. He has written other Stories of Canada titles, including Righting Wrongs and Discovering the Arctic, both of which were shortlisted for the Norma Fleck Award for children's non-fiction. He lives in Lantzville, British Columbia.