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Children's Fiction Track & Field

Lone Runner

by (author) Dirk McLean

James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Feb 2021
Track & Field, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Bullying
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2021
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Feb 2021
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2021
    List Price
    $27.99 USD

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 3


Set in a diverse neighbourhood in Scarborough, Ontario, this book follows Michaela as she goes from a solitary runner to an athlete who contributes to the success of her cross-country team. Discouraged by an incident at her mostly-white summer camp, Michaela comes into her own as part of her racially diverse school track team. Focusing on themes of persistence, friendship and overcoming rivalries, this book illuminates traits of connection, empathy and forgiveness.


About the author

DIRK McLEAN is the author of children's picture books, the Lorimer Sports Stories novel Not Out, and Team Fugee. He has also written radio drama and stage plays which have toured southern Ontario elementary schools. Dirk was born in Trinidad & Tobago and now lives in Toronto.

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  • Long-listed, The 49th Shelf - Kids Summer Reading List

Editorial Reviews

"Actively celebrates Toronto’s diversity."


School Library Journal

"An excellent read-aloud choice."


CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"Middle schoolers at a second grade reading level will root for Michaela as she steps out of her shell."


School Library Journal

"An excellent choice for reluctant readers. Highly Recommended."


CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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