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Children's Nonfiction Values & Virtues


Deal with it from start to finish

by (author) Mireille Messier

illustrated by Steven Murray

James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Jun 2004
Values & Virtues
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2004
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 18
  • Grade: 4 to 6
  • Reading age: 9 to 11


A competitive streak can be the driving force behind excellence in school, sports, and other pursuits. Some young people take competition too far, however, or fear competition and avoid it at all costs. Competition looks at ways young people can harness the competitive spirit to accomplish their goals while managing conflicts that can grow out of challenges, rivalry, and other forms of competition.

About the authors

Mireille Messier est une auteure jeunesse n&eacutee&agrave Montr&eacuteal, qui a grandi &agrave Ottawa et qui habite maintenant &agrave Toronto. Elle a travaill&eacute dans les domaines de la radiodiffusion et du th&eacute&acirctre. Depuis le lancement de son premier livre en 2003, Mireille a publi&eacute plus de vingt livres, certains en fran&ccedilais, d’autres en anglais, destin&eacutes aux enfants de tous les &acircges. Ma branche pr&eacutef&eacuter&eacutee a &eacutet&eacute mise en nomination pour les prix Shining Willow, Blue Spruce et pour les Prix litt&eacuteraires du Gouverneur g&eacuten&eacuteral. Mireille vit avec son mari, deux merveilleuses adolescentes, trois chats pelucheux et une centaine de poissons rouges.

Mireille Messier's profile page

STEVEN MURRAY is an award-winning, Toronto-based illustrator and a graduate of Sheridan College's prestigious Interpretive Illustration program. His unique blend of humour and art has been consistently on display in publications such as The Globe and Mail, National Post, and The Toronto Star.

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Editorial Reviews

"Text is simple and uses the popular language of tweens and young teens. Short sections and a good variety of presentation formats will keep the reader's attention, while sound advice, sample scenarios and suggestions for altering behaviour, without sounding preachy, will give young people plenty of ideas for gaining control of their own behaviours."

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"By showing the fun and positive side of competition, the authors deflate the negative reputation that extreme competition has earned and which can be easily seen in politics, business, and professional sports. Strategies for handling this type of competitive drive are provided. The excellence of this well-done series makes this reviewer anxious to see forthcoming books."

Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

"Competition is a well illustrated book showing excellent examples of healthy and unhealthy competition. ... The author does an excellent presentation of good and bad competition. Readers will mature in reactions to competition as they learn to make good choices and realize that they are empowered to choose how they will compete with fairness and dignity."

The SouthWestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group

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