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Children's Nonfiction Sports & Recreation

Lacrosse Warrior

The Life of Mohawk Lacrosse Champion Gaylord Powless

by (author) Wendy A. Lewis

James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Dec 2011
Sports & Recreation, Prejudice & Racism, Native Canadian
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    Publish Date
    Dec 2011
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2008
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2008
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  • Age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
  • Reading age: 12 to 18


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

Editorial Reviews

"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

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

CM Magazine

Librarian Reviews

Lacrosse Warrior: The Life of Mohawk Lacrosse Champion Gaylord Powless

This account of the history of lacrosse in Canada, mainly told through Gaylord Powless’ accomplishments as Canada’s lacrosse hero, begins with a description of the early version of the ball and stick game played by his Mohawk ancestors. The game was not known as “lacrosse” until named by European settlers in the 1600s. Lewis recounts the evolution of the sport, from a time when Aboriginal players were excluded from non-Aboriginal lacrosse leagues, to today, where players of many nationalities share the field. Gaylord’s many accomplishments in spectator-sport “box” lacrosse are the focal point of this book. The Gaylord Powless Trophy for most sportsmanlike player honours his contributions to the sport. A glossary of lacrosse terms is included.

Lewis won the Vicky Metcalf Award winner Graveyard Girl.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2009-2010.

Lacrosse Warrior: The Life of Mohawk Lacrosse Champion Gaylord Powless (Recordbooks)

Gaylord Powless, who was playing lacrosse by age three, had lacrosse in his blood. He came from generations of legendary Mohawk players of the game. His tremendous skill and native ancestry, though, made him a target on and off the lacrosse floor. Includes black-andwhite photos and glossary.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2009.

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