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Fire on the Water

The Red-hot Career of Superstar Rower Ned Hanlan

By Wendy A. Lewis

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Series: Lorimer Recordbooks

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How did the son of Irish immigrants outrow blueblood scullers from Oxford and Cambridge to become one of the most famous athletes of his time? Award-winning author Wendy A. Lewis recounts the compelling story of the "Boy in Blue," from his childhood on the Toronto Islands, where he rowed himself to school on the mainland every day, to laurels won around the world.

[Fry Reading Level - 3.8


1. The Rowing Boy

2. Boy of the Island

3: Champion of Toronto Bay

4. Champion of Ontario

5. The Hanlan Club

6. From Outlaw to Hero

7. Standing Up to the Big Boys

8. Taking on America

9. The Boy in Blue Races Britain's Best

10. Dirty Tricks

11. Champion of the World

12. The Challengers

13. Coming Home




Winner - Best Books for Kids & Teens - Canadian Children's Book Centre - 2008

Short-listed - Forest of Reading - Red Maple Award - 2008

"Lewis skillfully uses quotations from contemporary newspapers to convey a sense of immediacy ... sporting enthusiasts will enjoy this book [that will open new areas of local history to residents of the Toronto area or anyone who wondered about the origin of local place names like Hanlan's Point and Ward's Island."

- CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials

WENDY A. LEWIS is the author of Graveyard Girl, an award-winning collection of stories for teens, In Abby's Hands, and the "Recordbooks" volume Fire on the Water: The Red-Hot Career of Superstar Rower Ned Hanlan, as well as several popular picture books. She lives in Uxbridge, Ontario, with her family, where she also teaches writing.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 112 pages
Publication Date: 1st June 2007
ISBN: 9781550289725
Format: 7in x 4.25in
black and white photographs

Binding: Hardback, 112 pages
Publication Date: 1st May 2007
ISBN: 9781550289732
Format: 7in x 4.25in
black and white photographs

Binding: Electronic book text
Publication Date: 16th March 2011
ISBN: 9781552779064
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:, JNF025240, JNF053240, JNF054150
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 12 To 17
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 3.8
Lexile Reading Level: HL720L


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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.