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Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Willie O'Ree

Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Willie O'Ree

by Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Mike Deas
edition:Hardcover

Meet Willie O'Ree—Hockey Hall of Famer and a trailblazer for diversity on and off the ice!

 

On January 18, 1958, Willie O'Ree made history as the first black player in the NHL when he suited up with the Boston Bruins against the Montreal Canadiens. O'Ree went on to play a total of 45 games with the Bruins, a remarkable achievement considering what he overcame to get there.

In addition to dealing with racism, bigotry and name-calling, Willie lived with a secret disability: he was blind in one e …

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Biographie en images : Voici Willie O'Ree

Biographie en images : Voici Willie O'Ree

by Elizabeth MacLeod
illustrated by Mike Deas
edition:Hardcover

 

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Le 18 janvier 1958, Willie O’Ree est entré dans l’histoire lorsqu’il est devenu le premier Noir à jouer dans la LNH. Il a disputé un total de 45 matchs avec les Bruins de Boston, un exploit remarquable compte tenu des épreuves qu’il a dû surmonter pour y parvenir.

Au cours de sa carrière, Willie a souvent dû faire face au racisme, à l’intolérance et aux insultes. De plus, il était aveugle d’un œil et devait en garder le secret au risque de …

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Africville

Africville

by Shauntay Grant
illustrated by Eva Campbell
edition:eBook
also available: Hardcover

Finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, Young People’s Literature – Illustrated Books
When a young girl visits the site of Africville, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the stories she’s heard from her family come to mind. She imagines what the community was once like — the brightly painted houses nestled into the hillside, the field where boys played football, the pond where all the kids went rafting, the bountiful fishing, the huge bonfires. Coming out of her reverie, she visits t …

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The Birdman

The Birdman

A Journey with the Underground Railroad's Most Daring Abolitionist
edition:Hardcover

He walked the plantation fields, freely and with the owners' permission. He was an ornithologist after all, touring the Deep South of the 1850s to study the birds. But Alexander Milton Ross was no ordinary birdman. He was an undercover Abolitionist. And he had news to spread about the Underground Railroad.

Discover the forgotten life and true adventures of Alexander Milton Ross, daring Canadian activist, who risked everything — including his life — to help bring freedom and dignity to the he …

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The Stone Thrower

The Stone Thrower

edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

The African-American football player Chuck Ealey grew up in a segregated neighborhood of Portsmouth, Ohio. Against all odds, he became an incredible quarterback. But despite his unbeaten record in high school and university, he would never play professional football in the United States.

Chuck Ealey grew up poor in a racially segregated community that was divided from the rest of town by a set of train tracks, but his mother assured him that he wouldn’t stay in Portsmouth forever. Education was …

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The Stone Thrower

The Stone Thrower

A Daughter's Lessons, a Father's Life
edition:eBook
also available: Digital edition Paperback

A daughter discovers herself while uncovering her father’s legendary past in football.

At the age of thirty, Jael Ealey Richardson travelled with her father — former CFL quarterback Chuck Ealey — for the first time to a small town in southern Ohio for his fortieth high school reunion. Knowing very little about her father’s past, Richardson was searching for the story behind her father’s move from the projects of Portsmouth, Ohio to Canada’s professional football league in the early 19 …

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Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged!

Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged!

edition:Paperback

Viola Desmond was one brave woman! Now come on here, listen in close and I’ll tell you why …

In Nova Scotia, in 1946, an usher in a movie theater told Viola Desmond to move from her main floor seat up to the balcony. She refused to budge. Viola knew she was being asked to move because she was black. In no time at all, the police arrived and took Viola to jail. The next day she was charged and fined, but she vowed to continue her struggle against such unfair rules.

Viola’s determination gave …

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Up Home

Up Home

by Shauntay Grant
illustrated by Susan Tooke
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback

A positive, heartwarming portrayal of North Preston past and present. This touching poem from spoken-word artist, poet and CBC Radio personality Shauntay Grant portrays the Nova Scotian community of Preston. Short, staccato lines, musicality and the use of real, spoken language, and Susan Tooke's breathtaking illustrations using real models from the community, combine in a sensory experience that is sure to wow readers of all ages. Grant's memories of growing up reflect a magical place where lan …

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