Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 9 to 12
- Grade: 4 to 7
Read fascinating biographies of five heroic Canadians who have confronted danger or adversity in brave, resourceful and admirable ways. Included are Madeleine de Verchères, the young defender of the family fort in New France; Dr. Norman Bethune, the innovative surgeon of war-torn Spain and China; Sergeant Tommy Prince, whose daring exploits made him the most decorated Native Canadian soldier; Terry Fox and his inspirational Marathon of Hope for cancer research; and Roberta Bondar, the first female Canadian explorer of space.
About the author
Maxine Trottier is a prolific writer of books for young people. Born in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan on May 3, 1950, she moved to Windsor, Ontario in Canada with her family ten years later. In 1974 she became a Canadian citizen. She is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario.Maxine spent 31 years working as an educator in elementary classrooms, guiding children toward literacy. The students in her class, who of course thought of her only as their teacher, saw each step in the creation of a new work. They heard the unillustrated story, saw the roughs, and were the first to view the finished book.Maxine lives with her husband William and their two Yorkies, Ceilidh and Moon. They divide their year between Port Stanley, Ontario on Lake Erie, and Newman s Cove, Newfoundland, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Both are wonderful places to write.
- Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
- Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year
Canadian Heroes (Scholastic Canada Biographies)A glimpse of our history through fascinating biographies of five Canadians who have confronted adversity in resourceful and admirable ways: Madeleine de Verchères, Dr. Norman Bethune, Sergeant Tommy Prince, Terry Fox and Roberta Bondar. Includes photos and illustrations.
Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.
Other titles by Maxine Trottier
The Tiny Kite of Eddie Wing
Dear Canada: Alone in an Untamed Land
The Filles du Roi Diary of Helene St. Onge, Montreal, New France, 1666
I Am Canada: Storm the Fortress
The Siege of Quebec, William Jenkins, New France, 1759
Dear Canada Christmas Story No. 4: These Three Gifts
Dear Canada Christmas Story No. 9: A Time to Rebuild
Cher Journal : Récit de Noël : N° 9 - Après Batoche
Cher Journal : Récit de Noël : N° 4 - Trois cadeaux en or
Cher Journal : Le temps des réjouissances
Dix récits de Noël
Cher Journal : Du sang sur nos terres
Joséphine Bouvier, témoin de la rébellion de Louis Riel, Batoche, Saskatchewan, 1885
Cher Journal : Mon pays à feu et à sang
Geneviève Aubuchon, au temps de la bataille des plaines d'Abraham, Québec, Nouvelle-France, 1759