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Up Home

TitleUp Home
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsGrant, Shauntay, and Susan Tooke
CityHalifax, NS
ISBN Number9781551096605 1551096609
DescriptorsMulticulturalism; Nova Scotia, Black Canadians; Picture books

Memories of growing up reflect a magical place where landscape, food, history and, most of all, people come together in a community filled with love and beauty. A powerful story with positive images of one of Nova Scotia's most important black communities.


Nova Scotia


Up Home describes Shauntay Grant's memories and childhood visits to North Preston, a black community in Nova Scotia. Grant reflects on different family members and describes the importance of their roles in the community and in her family. A note at the end of the book provides historical context about the significance of North Preston in the development of early black settlement in Canada.


“…and this beauty/this love I see reflected in the faces of my people/our people/reflect the soils that gave birth to Preston/and the seeds that have been sown
Now you may take me out of Preston/but you can’t shake Preston out of me/’cause Preston is/my home.”