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Big Train

The Legendary Ironman of Sport, Lionel Conacher

By Richard Brignall

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Series: Lorimer Recordbooks

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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


Awards

Short-listed - Red Cedar Book Award, 2011-12 - 2012

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

- Linsday Schluter Resource Links

"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

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.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 168 pages
Publication Date: 25th September 2009
ISBN: 9781552774502
Format: 7in x 4.25in

Binding: Hardback, 168 pages
Publication Date: 13th November 2009
ISBN: 9781552774519
Format: 7in x 4.25in

Binding: Electronic book text
Publication Date: 16th March 2011
ISBN: 9781552778784
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  JNF054000
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 11 To 18
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 4.6
Lexile Reading Level: 790L

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  • Ideal for reluctant readers
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  • Short chapters, easy-to-read format
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  • Writing with a flair for making history feel like novels
  • Accompanied by historical photos and sports trivia

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Recordbooks are non-fiction stories that help reluctant readers understand history and social issues through the lens of the true story of a sports hero. Showing the process of social change on issues like racism, diversity and conflict, these books engage and provide historical context by telling the often-heroic story of how an athlete or a team worked to change attitudes around them.

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