Meet Tom Longboat, the Onondaga runner who broke world records . . . on his own terms!
On April 19, 1907, a hundred thousand people lined up to watch the eighth running of the Boston Marathon. At the start of the race, more than one hundred runners surged forward, and at the end, Tom Longboat won it in a record-breaking 2 hours, 24 minutes and 24 seconds. He became the most famous runner in the world, yet faced scrutiny and criticism of every part of his life, from his revolutionary training techniques to his Indigenous heritage.
This picture book will introduce young readers to a brave and fascinating man whose legacy as Canada's foremost distance runner continues to be recognized to this day.
This new biography series features accessible text, full-colour illustrations, with historical notes and timelines that provide even more information on Tom Longboat's background and incredible accomplishments.
ELIZABETH MACLEOD is the author of many notable Canadian non-fiction titles including Canada Year by Year and the critically acclaimed biographies Alexander Graham Bell: An Inventive Life; Lucy Maud Montgomery: A Writer's Life; and George Washington Carver: An Innovative Life. She lives in Toronto, Ontario and enjoys reading, swimming, theatre and tap dancing.
MIKE DEAS is an author and illustrator of graphic novels, most recently Dalen and Gole: Scandal in Port Angus. He is the illustrator of the Graphic Guide Adventure series. His love for illustrative storytelling comes from an early love of reading and drawing while growing up on Saltspring Island, British Columbia. Visit him online at www.deasillustration.com.
Praise for Scholastic Canada Biography:
"The story is fast paced, with dramatic, emotion-filled scenes.Highly recommended." (Meet Viola Desmond) -CM.
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