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category: Children's Nonfiction
published: Jun 2012
ISBN:9781552779149
publisher: James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
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Forever Champions

The Enduring Legacy of the Record-setting Edmonton Grads

by Richard Brignall

tagged: basketball, girls & women, post-confederation (1867-)
Description

Between 1915 to 1940, the Edmonton Commercial Graduates Basketball Club ("the Grads") went from a small-city, girl's high school team to world champs with an unparalleled winning record. Sports journalist Richard Brignall tells the story of this talented upstart team, whose sportsmanship and unwavering determination inspired generations of female athletes.

[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.
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
12 to 17
Grade:
4 to 8
Reading age:
12 to 17
Awards
  • Commended, Year's Best - Resource Links
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids & Teens - Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Commended, Year's Best - Resource Links
Editorial Review

From 1915 to 1940, the Edmonton Grads women's basketball team ruled the world of female athletes. In truth, there were few female athletes in the early years of this team's history, and those that made the effort had little support. That would change, and the Grads would be instrumental in making this change happen. With the flip of a coin, J. Percy Page became the coach of what started off as a girl's high school basketball team. Though they had little competition at home, over the years, women's teams began to form in eastern Canada and the United States. The Edmonton grads won nearly all of their games throughout the years including many championships. The Underwoood Trophy, donated for the World Championship, became theirs to defend.

This history of an amazing basketball team, who truly brought women's sports into the public interest is well written and interesting. Several black & white photographs punctuate the chapters showing the team and J. Percy Page from 1919 to 1936. Children will delight in the difference of uniform from then to present day, and those who remember the team will think fondly of the excitement these courageous individuals brought as women's sports came of age. Not only will it entertain and educate the age group for which it is intended, but it will also be enjoyed by those adults who are fascinated with the history of Edmonton, AB.

Highly Recommended.

Elaine Fuhr, a retired teacher of elementary and middle school, lives in Alberta.

Canadian Review of Materials, Volume 14, No. 4

— Canadian Review of Materials - Volume 14, No. 4

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