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Children's Nonfiction Sports & Recreation

Lacrosse Warrior

The Life of Mohawk Lacrosse Champion Gaylord Powless

by (author) Wendy A. Lewis

Publisher
James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
May 2008
Category
Sports & Recreation, Native Canadian, Prejudice & Racism
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781552770016
    Publish Date
    May 2008
    List Price
    $9.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781552779071
    Publish Date
    Dec 2011
    List Price
    $8.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

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

Description

Gaylord Powless was playing lacrosse by the age of three. His father was a famous player who taught Gaylord everything he knew. But Gaylord's tremendous skill and native ancestry made him a target on and off the lacrosse floor. Gaylord learned that the best revenge was to improve his game. He became a standard for sportsmanship and skill and a pioneer in promoting equality for Canadian athletes of all ethnic backgrounds.

[Fry Reading Level - 4.5

About the author

Wendy A. Lewis was born in Ottawa but has spent most of her life near Leaskdale, Ontario, where one of her favourite authors, L. M. Montgomery, wrote many of her books. Wendy always knew she wanted to be a writer, and for years she wrote bits and pieces of stories. She also studied English Literature at the University of Toronto, worked as a tutor, a retail store owner, and in sales, marketing and public relations positions. Finally she realized that to get a story published, you have to finish writing it! So that's what she did.
She is the author of several stories and books used as classroom readers, as well as the picture book In Abby's Hands, and Graveyard Girl, a collection of stories for teens, which received the Canadian Authors' Association Vicky Metcalf Award for excellence in young adult short fiction. To get at the heart of her stories, Wendy has prowled through cemeteries, jumped out of airplanes and counted the eggs of a giant leatherback turtle in Costa Rica.
Sometimes Wendy gets ideas for stories from real events. One day, her daughter came home with a leopard frog she had named Cheetah. During the week that Cheetah lived with the family, Wendy could see how sad Amelia got when grown-ups kept asking "when are you taking the frog back to the pond?" That's how the chapter book, Cheetah, came to be written.
Wendy loves to visit schools and libraries to talk about the writing process and conduct creative writing workshops. She lives in Uxbridge, Ontario with her husband, two daughters, two teddy bear hamsters, a Rag Doll cat, a Betta fish, and occasionally, a visiting frog.

 

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Awards

  • Commended, Best Books for Kids & Teens - Canadian Children's Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

". . . Lacrosse Warrior is both a fine contribution to the "Recordbooks" series and to the literature about First Nations figures. Recommended.

CM Magazine

"This fun and easy-to-read book is a great learning tool for young and old alike and can be appreciated by anyone, regardless of their race."

The Eastern Door

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