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Breaking Through

Heroes in Canadian Women's Sport

By Sue Irwin

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Series: Lorimer Recordbooks

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This book highlights the achievements of Canadian women sports stars — the role models of today's young female athletes. They fought for the right to compete in sports traditionally dominated by men and proved that women's sports are just as competitive and exciting to watch as men's. Spanning decades, Breaking Through focuses on seven sports and the women who made them their own, including well-known legends such as soccer player Christine Sinclair, who brought women's soccer in Canada into the limelight, and hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser, the longest-serving member of Canada's National team and five-time Olympic medalist. Readers will also see basketball, bobsleigh and rugby represented and learn the stories of less well-known athletes such as Indigenous Cross-country skiers Sharon Anne and Shirley Firth, who faced down prejudice, and Carol Hunyh, who brought home Canada's first Olympic gold medal in women's wrestling.

"[Breaking Through is] a book that encompasses the spirit of female athleticism in Canada, and it contains a number of stories that are important to tell."

- Allison Giggey, teacher-librarian CM: Canadian Review of Materials

SUE IRWIN is a teacher and author. Her writing has been published in a variety of children's publications and won several awards. Her first Lorimer Recordbook, Safety Stars, was nominated for the 2017 Non-fiction Silver Birch Award, on the Canadian Children Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens list, and won the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario's Curriculum Development Award. She lives in the Niagara Region.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 144 pages
Publication Date: 4th September 2018
ISBN: 9781459413726
Format: 7in x 4.25in

Binding: Electronic book text, 144 pages
Publication Date: 4th September 2018
ISBN: 9781459413733
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  JNF007120, JNF023000, JNF054000
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 12 To 18
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 4.5
Lexile Reading Level: HL720L

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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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