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Awards and Honours

Daedalus and the Minotaur, Finalist, 1999-2000

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Too Young To Fight

On National Post Best Sellers Lists

September 9, 1999 - October 28, 1999



(70th annual exhibition)

Snake Dreamer, 1999

Mr. Christie's Book Awards:

Daedalus and the Minotaur: Finalist

Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award:

Truly Grim Tales, Finalist 1996

American Library Association Selection,

Quick Picks for Young Adults:

Truly Grim Tales, 1996

Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice:

Snake Dreamer, 1998

Daedalus and the Minotaur, starred selection, 1997

Truly Grim Tales, starred selection, 1996-7

Atalant, The fastest Runner in the World,

starred selection, 1996-97

Aleta and the Queen, a Tale of Ancient Greece,

starred selection, 1996-7

Good Times, Bad Times, Mummy and Me


Teacher of the Year, 1976


Marty Scholarship for Doctoral Study, 1976-7

Some Reviews

Our Choice Catalogue, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 1996-7. Galloway's four recent books (to the end of 1997) have all been starred selections in this prestigious catalogue.

CBC Radio included two discussions and recommendations for Truly Grim Tales, Aleta and the Queen, and Atalanta, one on Peter Gzowski's Morningside Children's Book Panel, Nov. 2, 1995; another on Fresh Air, Sunday, December 3.


Perren, Susan. "Daedalus and the Minotaur," Globe and Mail, Saturday October 11, 1997. "[Galloway's] characters are vivid and compelling. . . . [This book] more than lives up to the excellence of the other two in the series."


Horn Book, January-February1996, Starred Review marks an "outstanding" book. "Eight famous traditional folktales are retold from a startlingly oblique and mind-bending point of view. New interpretations of familiar material may turn the tale into a tragedy or a farce, and villains may be heroes--or at least portrayed as human beings. One of the most ingenious of the stories is a retelling of "Jack and the Beanstalk" from the point of view of the ogre's wife. The tale gives a plausible explanation for why the ogress protects Jack from her husband and the meaning behind the ogre's well-known chant of 'fee, fi, fo, fum.' A fascinating short-story collection."

Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 1995,

awarded their coveted diamond rating, which is reserved for books of distinction. "[These are] tales retold with twists more ironic than grim. 'The Prince' chases after glass-slippered Cinderella because he has a foot fetish; 'The Woodcutter's Wife' denies any intent to eat Hansel and Gretel--she just wants to keep them around as sources of blood for potions and lab experiments. In a distinctive, formal narration, Galloway disguises each story of her first collection, and expects readers to know the traditional versions well enough to fill in details of plot and character. She writes in a tone that darkens even tales with happy endings, but most of the violence is psychological rather than physical. Readers who appreciate Donna Jo Napoli's disturbing Magic Circle (1993) will find this equally thought-provoking."

Booklist, Anne O'Malley, September 15, 1995

: ". . . unusual collection of familiar folktales with startling twists. As the title hints, there is no attempt to sanitize villains or give a gentler twist to gory details. The anthology works well for short story collections and folktale curriculum units."

Publishers Weekly, September 11, 1995:

"Nearly operatic in their conception and accomplished in their execution, these stories could also serve as a guide to young writers: their inventive, vigorous exploration of familiar territory easily stimulates the reader's own imagination."

Today's Parent, July 1, 1996, p. 23:

"Ever stop to think how the giant's wife felt about Jack's beanstalk adventure? Or what would lead a stepmother to abandon two children in the woods? Anyone who thinks they're 'past' fairy tales, think again! In this creepy and fascinating collection, Galloway takes an imaginative leap into the dark side of these familiar stories, with stunning results."

Our Choice, 1996-7: Annual Guide to Canada's Best Children's Books and Videos, The Canadian Children's Book Centre, p. 11:

Starred selection.

"Fantastical, yet terrifyingly believable, each story is sure to spur readers' imaginations."

The Globe and Mail, H.J. Kirchhoff, Dec. 2, 1995:

"One might expect a lively sense of humour from the author of Truly Grim Tales, a collection of fairy tales for adults. The stories are based on classic fairy tales, but with surrealistic lashings of modern thought and appliances. Furthermore, Galloway's versions of the classic tales are told from unexpected points of view, lending the familiar stories often slyly humorous overtones: the dwarf Rumpelstiltskin's version of the story is quite different from the one your grandmother read to you; from 'Jack and the Beanstalk,' the ogre's wife explains the perfectly good reason her husband must grind the bones of Englishmen to bake his bread. 'I've always been interested in the things under the surface, why people would do the things they do,' Galloway says. 'When you think of what you get in fairy tales, it is so extraordinary. I mean, an ogre who kills and eats children? I think, what would make a responsible person do that?'"

Calgary Herald, Jennifer Hale, Dec. 1995:

"Priscilla Galloway's revisionist Truly Grim Tales surpasses Garner's Politically Correct Fairy Tales, or Zipes' collections, both in the quality of her writing and her fascinating perspective. . . For example, we always cheer for Jack as he steals a hen that lays golden eggs and a singing harp from an ogre, but have we ever considered what happened to the 'ogre' after his money was gone? Galloway re-tells this story from the perspective of the ogre's wife, who watches the slow deterioration of her husband, who suffers from a bone disease. The ending to this story is so tragic that it reverses the traditional self/other construction we generally bring to these stories, and makes us seriously question the old 'happily-ever-after' convention. . . . Galloway's revisions are not grounded in present-day rhetoric, and perhaps they will one day become as timeless as the classic fairy tales she emulates."


"Two recent novels by Priscilla Galloway could serve as antidotes for readers bored with Judy Blume and The Babysitters Club. Atalanta, the Fastest Runner in the World, is a straightforward account of one of the Great Girl Myths. . . told in prose that is both spellbinding and surprisingly sensual. This is a wonderful book for readers in the middle grades, though my five-year-old (a Barbie girl all the way) listened to it enthralled." Children's Book Review, v. 3, #1, March-April 1996, p. 30

"Galloway is herself a classical scholar and has brought to these re-tellings a passion that you can almost feel as you fall victim to the spell of her books. Not only does she make Greek myths accessible to a new generation of readers but she also brings out new themes in these old tales that deserve our attention." Jeffrey Canton, Canadian School Library Journal, 1996

"Atalanta and Aleta have it all--exciting stories that combine adventure, passion, treachery, and love. . . They belong in every library." CBC Radio

"Galloway has created two epic tales of long ago, a time with more than its share of mystical happenings and spirited acts of bravery. This is the stuff kids were made for. Galloway is truly a talented weaver of tales.

Both books begin with a prologue that clarifies where the classical mythology ends and Galloway's imagination begins. She has also included (ah, bliss) a list of phonetical pronunciations of the Greek names. . . . Both Atalanta and Aleta and the Queen have strong "replay" values and are appropriate for a wide range of ages The whole family will enjoy Galloway's soon-to-be classic tales." Hadley Dyer, Children's Book News, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 19 (#3, Summer/Fall 1996): 33. (Dyer is a bookseller at Woozles in Halifax. Visit the Woozles website!)

"It's an interesting and valuable tack on the story to tell it from the woman's point of view, so often missing in traditional stories. Galloway's versions are action-packed and exciting. . . These tales will introduce many young people easily into the complex world of Greek mythology." Luisa D'Amato, Kitchener-Waterloo Record, Nov. 25, 1995

"It is most unfortunate that few parents or teachers today tell the classic myths to children. We are losing touch with the timeless, eternally relevant legends that have inspired mankind for generations, and form the underpinnings of all Western literature. Fortunately, Annick Press has launched a new book series. Priscilla Galloway, a respected Toronto author, educator and scholar has long combined her love of Greek myths with her ability to commmunicate with children and young adults. She has written new branches to tales rooted in the ancient past. Aleta and the Queen is a dynamic introduction to this exciting series. Galloway writes with the graceful ease of a true professional. The book has depth and resonance. One yearns for further stories, and happily the need will be soon be met. Atalanta, the Fastest Runner in the World, is next in the series. . . The conclusion to the story is surprising and unpredictable. It has less to do with destiny than the natural instinct to be in control of one's fate and future." Arlene Perly Rae, Toronto Star, Sept. 9, 1995


"This tale explores struggles for power, complex family relationships, and, most of all, how 12-year-old Aleta shapes the future of her country while learning about her past." Starred selection, Our Choice, 1996-7: Annual Guide to Canada's Best Children's Books and Videos, The Canadian Children's Book Centre, p. 14

"Homer's Odyssey, an epic of adventure and intrigue that has held readers spellbound for thousands of years, is the inspiration for Aleta and the Queen, a long tale of intrigue in Penelope's court, which climaxes with her husband Odysseus's return. While Homer's story focuses on the royal wanderer and his son, Galloway's is centred on Penelope, her courtiers, and some of the gods and goddesses who they believed intervened in human lives. Aleta is the granddaughter of Penelope's housekeeper and trusted companion.

Galloway's story is backed by impressive research, yet never loses touch with the drama's human focus. The text and illustrations are well matched; both are fiercely imaginative and deeply human. Highly recommended." Canadian Children's Literature, 1996
"Fans of Greek mythology will enjoy this engaging story of life at the royal court of Ithaca after the Trojan War, as seen through he eyes of a young serving girl [Aleta]. This original retelling gives readers a unique look at life on the ancient Greek 'home front' while remaining faithful to details of the classic story." Mary Jo Drungil, School Library Journal, Jan. 1996, p.118
"Priscilla Galloway approaches this work with a fresh and palpable passion that quite literally brings it to life. Aleta is a very real character. Her broken family and divided sympathies seem very modern. The shame she feels at her mother's reckless behaviour may strike a familiar chord with some young readers. This is a large format book with illustrations, but it has more text than many first novels. This is not a criticism, but the book will probably attract the serious readers in the suggested age range. An outstanding book." Janet McNaughton, Quill and Quire, January, 1996

"The setting has been brought fully to life through skilful use of research into the ancient society." Andrea Deakin, Vancouver Sun, September 30, 1995


"A prologue that sensitively raises the question of what motivated child abandonment in ancient Greece sets the thought-provoking tone for this excellent retelling. Not quite a novelization, Galloway's version sticks close to the basic myth, adding dialogue, fleshing out minor characters, and assigning plausible thoughts and feelings. It powerfully underscores the psychological conflicts Atalanta experiences as she rejects her society's expectations for women, choosing 'masculine' roles of hunter and runner . . . as she struggles to know herself and where her duty lies." Patricia Lothrop Green, School Library Journal, Nov. 1995
"The legend of Atalanta has particular relevance today given its embodiment of such issues as the role of women, conflict with parents, individual expression, and freedom of choice. Galloway expresses her themes in concise, forceful, and often colloquial prose. The primitive style of the pen-and-gouache illustrations echoes the story's strong passions, and the rich, earthy colors glow with life. Adults unfamiliar with classical Greek customs will appreciate the prologue, which elucidates difficult concepts (such as infanticide) in terms young readers will understand. Recommended." Lisa Arsenault, Canadian Children's Literature, 1996

"Atalanta is a skillful, poetic and lively story based on the Greek tale of Atalanta, abandoned as a baby, protected by the goddess Artemis and forbidden by her to seek for love. The delightful and engaging text is illustrated in earth tones and style of Greek pottery, and the book is beautifully designed. I highly recommend the series." Andrea Deakin, Vancouver Sun, September 30, 1995

"In retelling this tale, Priscilla Galloway wisely omits some of the more lurid details. In place of these, she gives us character development and a serious attempt to make the alien world of the ancients comprehensible. Young readers, especially girls, will identify with Atalanta's struggle to maintain her independence in the face of her growing attraction to Melanion, who wins her affection and respect before he wins her hand in marriage. . . .This is one of the first in a series from Annick designed to make Greek myths accessible to young readers. If Atalanta is an indication of overall quality, these books will succeed admirably." Janet McNaughton, Quill and Quire, October 1995

Biographical Information

Priscilla Galloway, Ph.D, has taught in high-schools and universities and worked as a language arts consultant with children of all ages. Galloway has been honored as Teacher of the Year by the Ontario Council of Teachers of English. She is a past president of CANSCAIP (the Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers). Priscilla's eclectic career also includes operating a trailer park and managing an apartment building, not to mention a brief foray into cosmetic sales and a short stint as a cucumber farmer. Born in Montreal in 1930, Priscilla has lived, written, taught and scuba-dived from Pacific to Atlantic, from southern farming country to northern mines, from the Caribbean to New Zealand. Her home base is Toronto.

Priscilla earned degrees in English (B.A., Queen's; M.A., Toronto) and Educational Theory (Ph.D., Toronto). She enjoys her second marriage (to Howard Collum, 1994), her eight grandchildren, and her flourishing creativity. Readers must decide if she is really "a mixture of Lucille Ball and Vincent Price."

Priscilla Galloway's recent Delacorte titles include her honour book (ALA and CLA) Truly Grim Tales and her adaptation of L.M. Montgomery's Emily of New Moon . In her new YA novel, Snake Dreamer, she uses ancient myths to explore timeless themes in a modern world that is both sharply realistic and darkly fantastic, creating a psychological chiller that's also a grand adventure story.

Recent Annick Press titles feature three illustrated novels in Galloway's TALES OF ANCIENT LANDS SERIES, all awarded the highest accolade from the Children's Book Centre:

Daedalus and the Minotaur

Philippa Sheppard says,"The complexity of the characters and their interaction render them timeless." Quill & Quire, Feb. 1998, p. 51.

Atalanta, the Fastest Runner in the World.

Aleta and the Queen: a Tale of Ancient Greece.

Earlier book credits comprise ten picture books for children and one adult nonfiction. Galloway has edited several anthologies. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in magazines and scholarly journals and have been broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Jenkinson, Dave. "Priscilla Galloway, Profile," Resource Links, August 1997, pp.247-250. "It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's purple clad Supergran, a.k.a. Priscilla Galloway, who, while she doesn't really fly, does take her readers along on some fantastic flights of imagination."

Hamelin, Christine. "Rebel without a pause," Queen's Alumni Review, November/December 1997, p. 21. "Author-educator Priscilla Galloway, Arts '51, a former Marty Scholarship winner, has made a career out of challenging people, entertaining them, and making them think."

Hawthorne, Karen."Priscilla Galloway: Author recreates Greek Mythology for children," Bayview Post, November 1997, p 20. "I want children to be entertained and empowered," Galloway says, "to learn and grow and feel the power of these timeless stories."

Kirchhoff, H.J. "Priscilla Galloway," Globe and Mail, Saturday December 2, 1995, E2 - "a mixture of Lucille Ball and Vincent Price. . ."

Priscilla Galloway Memoir,

"Room to Grow," in Still Running . . . , Personal Stories by Queen's Women to Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Marty Memorial Scholarship, ed. Joy Parr. 1987, Queen's Alumnae Assoc., pp. 108-120.

Who's Who in Toronto, 1995

CANSCAIP Companion, Pembroke, 1994; 1990

International Authors and Writers Who's Who, 13th ed. International Biographical Centre, Cambridge SB2 3QP, England, 1993

Who's Who in the Writers' Union of Canada: A Directory of Members. The Writers' Union of Canada, 1993; 1988; 1981

Who's Who in Canadian Literature, annually from 1985 to date

Something About the Author, Gale Research Inc., 1991: v. 66, pp. 83-5

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By SUSAN PERREN, Globe and Mail

Saturday, August 23, 2003 - Page D12

Archers, Alchemists and 98 Other Medieval Jobs You Might Have Loved or Loathed,

by Priscilla Galloway, illustrated by Martha Newbigging, Annick, 96 pages, $16.95, ages 8 and up.

Among the jobs you might have loved or loathed in the late Middle Ages -- defined in this book as roughly between the Norman conquest (1066) and Columbus's discovery of America (1492) -- include cordwainer (shoemaker), chandler, almoner, pardoner, princess, fuller and gong farmer. A fuller finished cloth after it came off the loom by wetting the cloth by applying a mixture of fuller's earth (clay) and urine and walking on the material. A gong farmer harvested the gloves, jewellery, buttons or pennies he found while cleaning out cesspits and latrines.

This book is actually a social history of the late Middle Ages cleverly disguised as a book about job possibilities. Galloway delivers an extraordinary amount of juicy information in an enormously engaging way, and Newbigging's amusing illustrations provide another way to help get the "medicine" down without a hiccup.

Archers, Alchemists, and 98 Other Medieval Jobs You Might Have Loved or Loathed

by Priscilla Galloway, with art by Martha Newbigging (Annick Press, $16.95)

September 30, 2003

Kids News section of the Chicago Tribune

And you thought your paper route was rough?

History, as we all know, can be awfully boring. Especially when it's about that 1,000-year span known as the Middle Ages. But a new book offers an anything-but-dull look at that time period.

"Archers, Alchemists, and 98 Other Medieval Jobs You Might Have Loved
or Loathed" by Priscilla Galloway, with art by Martha Newbigging (Annick Press, $16.95), takes readers through the Middle Ages by examining the work people did back then. The book's 10 chapters group Medieval employment into categories, such as castle jobs, traveling jobs and artistic jobs. We all have heard about knights in shining armor and princesses staring dreamily out castle windows. But what about heralds, falconers, enforcers and gong farmers?

A herald was the "master of ceremonies" as well as judge and referee at jousting tournaments and melees, or group fights. In times of war, heralds relayed messages. Falconers captured, trained and cared for the hawks that noble lords and ladies used to hunt small birds and animals. When a lord went off to war, his falconer and hawks accompanied him, to hunt for food.

Enforcers were officials who made sure the "sumptuary laws" were followed. These laws decreed that only dukes, duchesses and the like were allowed to wear silks and velvets or fur trim and jewels. Enforcers sought out and arrested people who were not royalty but dressed like they were.

Latrine attendants, called gong farmers, had the nastiest job of all. They cleaned the toilets of the time, called latrines, and sifted through the waste, "harvesting" silver pennies or other valuables they found.

The book is filled with cool cartoon-style illustrations and interesting sidebars, like the one on Medieval cosmetics and toiletries (who knew honey, cucumbers and water could be used as mouthwash?). But we think we'll skip the recipe for "Salmon Fressh Boyled."


Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Book of the Year: 2004 Edition: (Special Interest - History):

Archers, Alchemists and Ninety-Eight Other Medieval Jobs You Might Have Loved or Loath

QUILL AND QUIRE, Bestseller List January 2004:

Archers, Alchemists and Ninety-Eight Other Medieval Jobs You Might Have Loved or Loathed

Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People:

The Courtesan's Daughter, Finalist, 2004


The Courtesan's Daughter, Finalist, 2004 (grade 5-8 students vote in April 2005)


The Courtesan's Daughter, 2002