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Wrong Time, Wrong Place

TitleWrong Time, Wrong Place
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1991
AuthorsChoyce, Lesley
CityHalifax, N.S
DescriptorsAfricville; Black Canadians; Community; English Language; Families; Halifax; Identity; Nova Scotia; Novel; Realism; School; Young Adult

This young adult novel by Halifax author Lesley Choyce was published in Nova Scotia and is about Corey, the son of a black mother and a white father, caught up in the racial tensions in his Halifax high school. He is uncertain of his own identity, but his mother's uncle who once lived in Halifax's Africville community, helps him find his way.


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Corey Wheeler is a biracial teenager struggling with his identity, who must endure racial prejudice from other students at school, a problem ignored by his principal, Mr. Hartman. Even though Corey tries to keep a low profile and stay out of trouble, trouble always seems to find him. Despite his struggles, Corey is comforted by relationship with his great-uncle Larry, and learns about his family’s connection to Africville, a large black community in Halifax that faced prejudice and racism, until the community was destroyed and its residents evicted. As Corey learns about his family’s history, he finds the strength to fight the prejudice in his own community.