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Biographie en images : Voici Clara Hughes

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod

illustrated by Mike Deas

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Jan 2024
Women, Depression & Mental Illness, Olympics
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    Publish Date
    Jan 2024
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  • Age: 6 to 10
  • Grade: 1 to 5


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Voici Clara Hughes : athlète, médaillée olympique et militante pour la santé mentale.


Encore aujourd’hui, Clara est la seule personne au monde à avoir remporté plusieurs médailles aux Jeux olympiques d’été et d’hiver. Mais sa plus grande réussite est sans aucun doute le travail qu’elle a accompli pour aider les autres.


Clara, qui a grandi à Winnipeg, a toujours aimé les sports. Elle n’a pas toujours été une athlète de haut niveau. Elle se trouvait même sur une mauvaise pente jusqu’au jour fatidique où elle a regardé le patineur de vitesse Gaétan Boucher, à la télévision, participer aux Jeux d’hiver de 1988. Clara a alors décidé qu’elle ferait la même chose.


Cette décision a changé sa vie et l’a conduite à s’entraîner, à concourir et à gagner au niveau olympique dans pas moins de deux sports. Mais alors que le pays tout entier applaudissait ses exploits, Clara ne se sentait pas bien en son for intérieur. Elle a finalement réalisé que gagner toutes les médailles du monde ne lui permettrait pas d’aller mieux : elle devait consacrer autant d’efforts à sa santé mentale qu’à son entraînement.


Les jeunes lecteurs découvriront la vie exemplaire de Clara Hughes et comment elle a appris non seulement à prendre soin d’elle, mais aussi à encourager les autres à faire de même.


Meet Clara Hughes — athlete, Olympic medalist and mental health advocate.


Clara is still the only person in the world to ever win multiple medals at both the Summer Olympics and the Winter Olympics. But perhaps her biggest accomplishment is the work she has done to help others.


Growing up in Winnipeg, Clara liked sports. She wasn't a top athlete and was headed down a bad path until the fateful day she watched speed skater Gaétan Boucher compete at the 1988 Winter Games. Clara decided she would do that too.


It was to be a life-changing decision, one that set her on a course of training, competing and winning at the Olympic level in not just one but TWO sports. But as the world was cheering her on, Clara didn't feel right inside. She finally realized that winning all the medals in the world wouldn't make her okay — she had to work as hard on her mental health as she did on her training. Maybe even harder.


Young readers will get the inside story of Clara Hughes's inspiring life and how she learned to not only take care of herself, but to inspire others to do the same.


Original title: Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Clara Hughes

About the authors

Liz is one nosy author, which is why she loves writing non-fiction. She’s very curious about why people do what they do, and likes sharing with kids the amazing facts and secrets that she uncovers.As a kid in Thornhill, Ontario, the idea of being a writer never crossed Liz’s mind—she figured most authors were already dead and they definitely weren’t Canadian. Besides, it was science that interested Liz.But writing was already part of Liz’s life. After dinner on school nights, Liz and her two brothers would trudge up to their rooms, close their doors and start to do their homework—or so their parents thought. A few minutes later, a piece of paper would come sliding under Liz’s door. One of her brothers had drawn a picture, usually of some weird creature.Liz really couldn’t draw (still can’t!), so the only way she could respond was to write a short story, often about a mad scientist or space alien. She would slip the story under her brother’s door and—well, not a lot of homework got done.At university, Liz studied sciences—there was hardly any writing involved at all. But after university, she was hired as an editor at OWL magazine, where she could combine writing and her love of science. But it wasn’t long before Liz had a goal: to write a book. Her first one was about lions and since then she’s written more than fifty others.Royal Murder: The Deadly Intrigue of Ten Sovereigns (2008) is one of her favourite books because royalty has always fascinated Liz. She loved going behind the scenes with monarchs from Cleopatra to Dracula to find out just what they would do to hold onto power or protect their families.Bones Never Lie: How Forensics Helps Solve History’s Mysteries (2013) was the winner of numerous awards, including the Crime Writers of Canada 2014 Arthur Ellis Award in the Juvenile/YA category. Liz’s latest book with Annick Press, Galloping Through History: Incredible True Horse Stories (Spring 2015), combines, once again, her outstanding storytelling skills with her passion for history. This time her love of animals also shines through as she recounts the stories of six horses that changed the way humans live, travel, fight, work, and play.Liz lives in Toronto with her husband, Paul, and their cat Cosimo. While she writes, he is usually sprawled across her desk—often right on the book she needs for research!

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Mike Deas est auteur-illustrateur de bandes dessinées, telles que Tank and Fizz and The Case of the Tentacle Terror. Il signe aussi les illustrations de la série Graphic Guide Adventure. Sa passion pour l'illustration a été entretenue tout au long de son enfance à l'île Saltspring, en Colombie-Britannique où il habite encore aujourd'hui.


MIKE DEAS is an author/illustrator of graphic novels, most recently Tank and Fizz and the Case of the Tentacle Terror. He is the illustrator of the Graphic Guide Adventure series. His love for illustrative storytelling comes from an early love of reading and drawing while growing up on Saltspring Island, British Columbia. Visit him online at

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