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Leslie Garrett
Freelance writer
Leslie Garrett is a journalist, author and broadcaster whose work has appeared in The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail among others. Her latest book for children is a biography of Helen Keller. She lives in London, Canada.

Written by Leslie Garrett

Essay/
Childhood and adolescence
You can do it, baby!

Our culture is rich with esteem-boosting platitudes for young dreamers, but the assurances are dishonest and dangerous

Leslie Garrett