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Fire on the Water

The Red-hot Career of Superstar Rower Ned Hanlan

by Wendy A. Lewis

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list price: $9.95
edition:Paperback
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published: June 2007
ISBN:9781550289725
imprint: Lorimer
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How did the son of Irish immigrants outrow blueblood scullers from Oxford and Cambridge to become one of the most famous athletes of his time? Award-winning author Wendy A. Lewis recounts the compelling story of the "Boy in Blue," from his childhood on the Toronto Islands, where he rowed himself to school on the mainland every day, to laurels won around the world.

Selected as an "Honour Book" - Red Maple Non-fiction Awards, 2009

[Fry Reading Level - 3.8

About the Author

Wendy A. Lewis

WENDY A. LEWIS is the author of Graveyard Girl, an award-winning collection of stories for teens, In Abby's Hands, and the "Recordbooks" volume Fire on the Water: The Red-Hot Career of Superstar Rower Ned Hanlan, as well as several popular picture books. She lives in Uxbridge, Ontario, with her family, where she also teaches writing.
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Contributor Notes

WENDY A. LEWIS is the author of Graveyard Girl, an award-winning collection of stories for teens, In Abby's Hands, and the "Recordbooks" volume Fire on the Water: The Red-Hot Career of Superstar Rower Ned Hanlan, as well as several popular picture books. She lives in Uxbridge, Ontario, with her family, where she also teaches writing.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
12 to 17
Grade:
4 to 6
Reading age:
12 to 17
Awards
  • Commended, Forest of Reading - Red Maple Award
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens - Canadian Children's Book Centre
Editorial Review

"Lewis skillfully uses quotations from contemporary newspapers to convey a sense of immediacy ... sporting enthusiasts will enjoy this book [that will open new areas of local history to residents of the Toronto area or anyone who wondered about the origin of local place names like Hanlan's Point and Ward's Island."

— CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials

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Fire on the Water: The Red-Hot Career of Superstar Rower Ned Hanlan

Ned Hanlan was one of Canada’s first superstars. The story of his rise from fisherman’s son on Toronto Island to world champion rower is a lively one — full of anecdotes that reveal how a young man of spirited character, talent and determination navigated his way through the often corrupt world of international rowing.

It was his personal style that marked him, from his unique rowing technique, to the clowning antics he indulged in during races. Backed by a group of local businessmen, and benefitting from technical developments such as the sliding seat and the indoor rowing machine, Hanlan systematically beat the reigning sculling champions of Canada, the United States, England and finally Australia, winning over 300 races between 1880 and 1884.

It has been almost 30 years since the last biography of Ned Hanlan was published, and author Wendy A. Lewis puts a fresh and relevant spin on the story. Hanlan’s triumphs are brought to life through quotes from newspapers of the day, while textboxes throughout the book help to put the period into perspective for young readers. The description of Hanlan’s return from England in 1879, having effortlessly beaten their rowing champion, illustrates the extent of his fame: the fleet of welcoming boats as he reached Toronto Harbour was three miles long.

Fire on the Water is one of Lorimer’s Recordbooks, a hi-lo series on Canadian sports history. Reluctant teens and young readers alike may be surprised at just how compelling the story of this small but wiry champion is. Set in a time before even radio, much less television or the internet, it also offers a fascinating glimpse of the early days of celebrity media coverage.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Winter 2008. Vol.31 No.1.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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Fire on the Water: The Red-hot Career of Superstar Rower Ned Hanlan (Recordbooks)

How did the son of Irish immigrants out-row blueblood scullers from Oxford and Cambridge to become one of the most famous athletes of his time? Author Wendy A. Lewis tells of the “Boy in Blue,” from his childhood on the Toronto Islands, where he rowed himself to school on the mainland daily, to laurels won around the world. Blackand- white photos included.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.

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