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Children's Fiction Canada

Tony's Wheels

by (author) Mila Bongco-Philipzig

illustrated by Michael Parillas

ANAK Publishing Worker Cooperative Ltd.
Initial publish date
Mar 2021
Canada, Stepfamilies, English as a Second Language, Emigration & Immigration, Special Needs, NON-CLASSIFIABLE, Southeast Asian Languages, Disability Sports
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2021
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 5 to 9
  • Grade: k to 4


Inspired by a true story, Tony’s Wheels follows a boy who moves to Canada from the Philippines and becomes successful in wheelchair racing. He becomes so good he gets to join the National Canadian Team. While competing internationally, Tony meets para-athletes from his old country and notices that their equipment is old and heavy. Tony wins the race, but how does he treat his competitors?

About the authors

Contributor Notes

About the Author


Mila Bongco-Philipzig | Author
Mila is the author of other bilingual children’s books celebrating stories of migration and travel, culture and traditions. Born and raised in Manila, she currently lives in Edmonton with her husband Jan and son Mats. Mila is an avid marathoner and a passionate advocate for inclusion and diversity.


About the Illustrator


Michael Parillas | Illustrator
Michael is a graphic designer, keen in exploring ways to convey meaningful storytelling through illustration and design. Raised in Canada, he understands the challenges and joys of embracing multiculturalism at a young age while brought up in a Filipino household. Through Tony’s Wheels, he hopes others find a deeper appreciation of one’s heritage. More of Michael’s work can be found at

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