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Something to Prove

The story of hockey tough guy Bobby Clarke

By Nicole Mortillaro

$9.95 Paperback
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$16.95 Hardback
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Series: Lorimer Recordbooks

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Most people recognize hockey superstar Bobby Clarke as the tough guy with the toothless grin. This fast-paced and energetic new book tells the story of Clarke's fights on and off the ice -- not with rival hockey players, but with diabetes. Long-time sports editor Nicole Mortillaro examines how Bobby was almost shunned from the league because of the disease, and recounts the impact of the important medical discoveries made about the disease since his time. [Fry Reading Level - 4.1

Mortillaro's breezy, fact-filled biography of hockey legend Bobby Clarke is just the thing for hockey-crazed reluctant readers...
Kids who like "infotainment" will be drawn to this book as it reads like a novel but includes fact boxes, photographs and a glossary. The author keeps her chapters short, makes good use of cliff-hangers, and manages to keep her descriptions of hockey games and plays exciting and easy to picture. Even kids who are not that keen on hockey will find the figure of Clarke an interesting subject.
Something to Prove is a good fit for collections of easy-to-read, but substantial biographies, and will be enjoyed by young hockey fans.

- Elizabeth Walker, a teacher-librarian in Vancouver, BC, doesn't really like hockey CM: Canadian Review of Materials

NICOLE MORTILLARO is a children's sports books author and editor. She is an avid hockey fan (Leafs, not Flyers!) and has edited several bestseilling children's hockey books. Nicole lives north of Toronto with her daughter.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 96 pages
Publication Date: 30th March 2010
ISBN: 9781552774809
Format: 7in x 4.25in
Historic photos

Binding: Hardback, 96 pages
Publication Date: 4th May 2010
ISBN: 9781552774816
Format: 7in x 4.25in
Historic photos

BIC Code: YNW, YXA
BISAC Code:  JNF024020, JNF054070
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 11 To 18
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 4.1
Lexile Reading Level: 810L

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Record Books

Recordbooks Series

Sport biographies highlighting key social issues

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Series features

  • Ideal for reluctant readers
  • Hi-lo
  • Short chapters, easy-to-read format
  • Great for ESL and adult students
  • Writing with a flair for making history feel like novels
  • Accompanied by historical photos and sports trivia

"Historic photos and short chapters promise to make the book palatable for reluctant readers."
—Quill & Quire

"Kids who like 'infotainment' will be drawn to these books that read like a novel but includes fact boxes, photographs and a glossary." —CM Magazine

Recordbooks are non-fiction stories that help reluctant readers understand history and social issues through the lens of the true story of a sports hero. Showing the process of social change on issues like racism, diversity and conflict, these books engage and provide historical context by telling the often-heroic story of how an athlete or a team worked to change attitudes around them.

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