Brown Girl in the Ring: Rosemary Brown-A Biography for Young People


80 pages
Contains Photos
ISBN 0-920813-52-6
DDC 328.711'092





Reviewed by Janet Arnett

Janet Arnett is the former campus manager of adult education at Ontario’s Georgian College. She is the author of Antiques and Collectibles: Starting Small, The Grange at Knock, and 673 Ways to Save Money.



An interesting life does not automatically mean an interesting
biography. The facts of Brown’s life to date are covered: her
childhood in Jamaica, her education at McGill, marriage, a move to
British Columbia and the snowballing of her involvement in issues
relevant to women and Blacks, and then her entrance into politics at the
federal level.

As the first Black woman to be elected to Parliament, she is an
excellent role model, an example of accomplishment springing from
dedication and hard work.

Unfortunately, the author does not realize that the art of writing for
young people is a lot more than writing in short sentences. Most of the
text reads like excerpts from government press releases. For readers of
any age, it’s boring.


Roy, Lynette., “Brown Girl in the Ring: Rosemary Brown-A Biography for Young People,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 20, 2024,