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Children's Nonfiction Sports & Recreation

China Clipper

Pro football's first Chinese-Canadian player, Normie Kwong

by (author) Richard Brignall

Publisher
James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Feb 2012
Category
Sports & Recreation, Prejudice & Racism, Football, General
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781552775264
    Publish Date
    Feb 2012
    List Price
    $8.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781552775288
    Publish Date
    Oct 2010
    List Price
    $16.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781552775271
    Publish Date
    Sep 2010
    List Price
    $9.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
  • Reading age: 12 to 18

Description

Normie Kwong's parents immigrated to Canada from China in the early 1900s. For them, and many other Asian immigrants, moving meant having to face both the government's anti-Asian policies and society's attitude of Chinese exclusion. But Normie overcame it all and, despite his small stature, in 1948 he became the youngest footballer ever to play in a Grey Cup game.
Nicknamed the "China Clipper" as a nod to both his Chinese heritage and his record-setting speed on the football field, Kwong went on to become a hero and popular sports role model for generations of football fans in the West. After retiring from football, Kwong entered politics and was later appointed Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. [Fry Reading Level - 4.9

About the author

Richard Brignall is a freelance writer, former newspaper sport reporter, based in Kenora, Ontario. He has over 130 articles published in magazines like Cottage Life and Outdoor Canada. He helped originate the Recordbooks series at James Lorimer and Company. This series focuses on Canadian sports history and issues like race, gender, disability, and poverty. He has written seven books for this series. Titles include Small Town Glory about the Kenora Thistles winning the Stanley Cup, Forever Champions about the Edmonton Grads women’s basketball team, Big League Dreams about black baseball player Fergie Jenkins, and China Clipper about Chinese-Canadian football player Norm Kwong. 

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