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Not a Nickel to Spare: The Great Depression Diary of Sally Cohen is the nineteenth book in the Dear Canada series. The book is the only book in the series written by Perry Nodelman. It was published in May 2007 by Scholastic Canada. The book was followed by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch's Prisoners in the Promised Land.


"Dedicated to the memory of my grandparents, Bessie and Samuel Berkan and Esther and Max Nodelman, who had the courage to leave the old country for a new home, and who somehow managed to raise their large families (six Berkan and eight Nodelman children) without a nickel to spare."

Book description[]

"March 28, 1933
This morning in school one of the
goyishe girls, Angelina, fainted right in the middle of History. She just keeled over and fell on the floor. Afterwards, she told Miss Douglas it was probably because she was hungry, because it was her turn to miss breakfast this morning. She said someone in her family always has to miss it because there isn't enough for them all.
I feel so sorry for Angelina. We may not have much, but at least there's always a little bit for everybody.
I wonder if the Depression is ever going to end.



Historical Note[]


Main article: List of Not a Nickel to Spare characters


Main article: Perry Nodelman



  • McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award (2008) - short-listed[3]


"The publisher would like to thank Dr. Irving Abella, co-author of None Is Too Many, and Dr. Bill Waiser, author of All Hell Can't Stop Us: The On-to-Ottawa Trek and Regina Riot, for vetting the manuscript. Thanks also to Barbara Hehner for fact-checking the manuscript."


  • The portrait on the cover is photograph provided by Joyce Zweig. The background is a 1931 photograph from the Library and Archives Canada depicting people eating at a soup kitchen.[4]


See also[]

Dear Canada

Orphan at My Door | A Prairie as Wide as the Sea | With Nothing But Our Courage | Footsteps in the Snow
A Ribbon of Shining Steel | Whispers of War | Alone in an Untamed Land | Brothers Far from Home | An Ocean Apart
A Trail of Broken Dreams | Banished from Our Home | Winter of Peril | Turned Away | The Death of My Country
No Safe Harbour | A Rebel's Daughter | A Season for Miracles | If I Die Before I Wake | Not a Nickel to Spare
Prisoners in the Promised Land | Days of Toil and Tears | Where the River Takes Me | Blood Upon Our Land
A Desperate Road to Freedom | A Christmas to Remember | Exiles from the War | To Stand On My Own
Hoping for Home | That Fatal Night | Torn Apart | A Sea of Sorrows | Pieces of the Past | A Country of Our Own
All Fall Down | Flame and Ashes | A Time for Giving | These Are My Words

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