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Terry Fox: A Story of Hope

A Story of Hope

by (author) Maxine Trottier

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Jul 2010
General, Sports & Recreation, Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2010
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 7 to 12
  • Grade: 2 to 7


"Even if I don't finish, we need others to continue. It's got to keep going." —Terry Fox

Dozens of photographs and simple, evocative text combine to tell the story of Terry's life and legacy—how he grew up loving sports and competition, always determined to finish what he started; how he developed cancer and lost his leg; how he trained day after day, on one strong leg and a prosthetic limb, with the idea that he might try to run across Canada; how he managed to make it two—thirds of the way before cancer returned; and how by so doing, he inspired millions of people around the world and raised millions of dollars for cancer research.

The hardcover edition of this important book, created in cooperation with the Terry Fox Foundation and Terry's family, was the first authorized biography of Terry Fox ever written specifically for children. This new paperback edition includes eight new pages of information about Terry and his legacy.

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.

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  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Short-listed, Red Cedar Award (BC Young Readers' Choice)
  • Short-listed, OLA Golden Oak Award
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice
  • Short-listed, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Information Book Award
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Terry Fox: A Story of Hope

"Reissued to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope, and as a precursor to the 2010 Terry Fox Run, this book will inspire the children of the children who watched a great Canadian's valiant journey by foot from St. John's to Thunder Bay from April 12 to Sept. 1, 1980." —The Globe and Mail

"Through an insightful mix of visual elements and an easy-to-read, chronological story, Trottier shows Terry's development from an ordinary Canadian kid with optimistic tendencies to the determined, selfless young athlete who inspired millions to do their part for cancer research. Memorabilia, photos, and quotes displayed scrapbook-style add interest and support the text." —Quill & Quire

"A 'must-purchase' title for every elementary school in Canada. Highly Recommended." —CM Magazine

"Dozens of photographs (from the Fox family archives), pictures of artifacts, a map and the easy to read text make the story accessible to a wide range of readers... a great resource for teachers to use when generating a discussion about one of Canada's best known heroes." —Canadian Teacher Magazine

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