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Terry Fox and Me
By (author): Mary Beth Leatherdale Illustrated by: Milan Pavlovic
9780735267688 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Sports & Recreation Aug 04, 2020
$21.99 CAD
Active 8.94 x 10.31 x 0.42 in | 1.01 lb 40 pages FULL COLOR THROUGHOUT Tundra Books
Silver Birch Award for Non-Fiction 2021, Nominated
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope, this picture book biography tells the story of a friendship defined by strength and love.

Before Terry Fox become a national hero and icon, he was just a regular kid. But even then, his characteristic strength, determination and loyalty were apparent and were the foundation for his friendship with Doug. The two first met at basketball tryouts in grammar school. Terry was the smallest - and worst - basketball player on the court. But that didn’t stop him. With Doug’s help, Terry practiced and practiced until he earned a spot on the team. As they grew up, the best friends supported each other, challenged each other, helped each other become better athletes and better people. Doug was by Terry’s side every step of the way: when Terry received a diagnosis of cancer in his leg, when he was learning to walk - then run - with a prosthetic leg and while he was training for the race of his life, his Marathon of Hope.

Written from Doug’s perspective, this story shows that Terry Fox’s legacy goes beyond the physical and individual accomplishments of a disabled athlete and honors the true value of friendship.

DIFFERENTLY ABLED HERO: Every Canadian knows Terry Fox, and for those who don’t yet, his story is one of true inspiration in the fight against cancer. He is a beloved icon with numerous commemorations.

40th ANNIVERSARY of an iconic moment: The Marathon of Hope is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2020. As of January 2018, more than $750 million has been raised in Canada and all over the world. We will be working with the Terry Fox Foundation to boost support and recognition.

FRESH NEW TAKE: The story is told from the perspecitve of Terry’s real-life best friend, Doug Alward, and focuses on their friendship leading up to Terry’s Marathon of Hope.

AUTHENTIC VOICE: The author has worked with Doug and the Fox family to ensure approval and accuracy.

SCHOOL PARTICIPATION: The Marathon of Hope is held in 9,000 schools across Canada. Every year, new students are introduced to this iconic story.

BONUS BACKMATTER: Includes photos, map of run, instructions on how to set up your own Terry Fox run.

MARY BETH LEATHERDALE writes, edits and consults on books, magazines and digital resources for children and youth. She is the editor of Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees, a Quill & Quire Book of the Year, a Booklist Editor’s Choice, and a Silver Birch Award, Honor Book among other honors. Recently, Mary Beth co-edited #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women, an anthology that showcases the strength, diversity, and talent of Indigenous girls and women across North America. Among other honours, it received the American Indian Library Associations’ Youth Literature Award, was honoured as an Amelia Bloomer Project List Top Ten title, named a Book of the Year by Quill & Quire, an Excellence in Non-fiction for Young People Finalist, YALSA and a Indigenous Literature Finalist, First Nations Communities READ.

Author Residence: Toronto, Ontario

MILAN PAVLOVIC is an illustrator and graphic artist whose drawings, illustrations, paintings and comics have been published and exhibited internationally. He teaches at OCAD University and Seneca College. He has also illustrated Seamus's Short Story, The Snuggly and Moon Wishes. He lives with his family in Toronto.

Illustrator Residence: Toronto, Ontario

Marketing: Digital advertising

Celebrity influencer mailing

Booklist picture book webinar

Promo piece: sticker

“What does Terry Fox mean to you?” campaign with public figures

Publicity: Partner with Terry Fox Foundation

Pitch human interest stories on the 40th anniversary of the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope

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Author Website: Author:

Author Social Media: Twitter: @mbleatherdale / Instagram: @milan_pavlovic_illustrator

One of the Ontario Library Association’s 2020 Best Bets selection, Junior Non-Fiction category

“Alward’s voice is gentle, often humourous, always admiring, and believably colloquial.” —Highly Recommended, CM Reviews

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