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edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook Paperback
category: Children's Nonfiction
published: Nov 2009
ISBN:9781552774519
publisher: James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
imprint: Lorimer

Big Train

The Legendary Ironman of Sport, Lionel Conacher

by Richard Brignall

tagged: hockey
Description

Lionel Conacher excelled at football, hockey, baseball, boxing, wrestling, and lacrosse. He taught himself how to play and he worked hard, and it paid off. He supported his struggling family, never giving up or letting people down. He was given the nickname Big Train because he was unstoppable on the football field when he ran through the opposition. In 1921 Conacher joined the Toronto Argonauts, and in 1926 he played professional baseball for the Toronto Maple Leafs. After retiring from sports, Conacher was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 1949. Richard Brignall tells this fascinating story of the man who could do it all.
[Fry Reading Level 4.6

 

About the Author

Richard Brignall

RICHARD BRIGNALL has written ten non-fiction books for young readers and adults. He has also contributed hundreds of articles to magazines across Canada, including Cottage Life and Outdoor Canada and was previously the sports reporter for the Kenora Daily Miner and News. His books have been shortlisted for the Carol Shields Award, the Red Cedar Award, and the Golden Oak Award. He lives in Kenora, Ontario.
Contributor Notes

RICHARD BRIGNALL is a journalist from Kenora, Ontario, who has written for such publications as Cottage Life and Outdoor Canada. He was previously the sports reporter for the Kenora Daily Miner and News.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
11 to 18
Grade:
6 to 12
Reading age:
11 to 18
Awards
  • Short-listed, Red Cedar Book Award, 2011-12
Editorial Reviews

"Young sports enthusiasts will be interested in this biography of sports star Lionel Conacher. The chapters are short and fast-paced with accessible vocabulary and sentence structure."

— Canadian Review of Materials

"A great resource for any school porject about Canadian history -- or the everyday sports buff looking for a really great read."

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