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Today, many of the best quarterbacks in the United States are African-American. This wasn't always the case. Just fifty years ago, the NFL had no black quarterbacks. Black athletes simply weren't given the chance. Talented players headed north, leaving their country to play the position they loved. Many rose to stardom on Canadian teams, but longed for progress back home. John Danakas looks at the pioneering players who wore new team colours and helped change their sport.
John Danakas is the author of five children's novels, including the Silver Birch Award finalist Hockey Night in Transcona and one nonfiction book for young adults. He lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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JOHN DANAKAS is the author of five children's novels and one non-fiction book for young adults. His book Hockey Night in Transcona was an Ontario Silver Birch Award finalist. Curve Ball, Lizzie's Soccer Showdown, and Hockey Heroes are all Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice selections. He lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.Review:
"These sports books are short, interesting, and engaging. While focusing on athletics, they also deal with prejudice, determination, hard work, and overcoming obstacles and odds to succeed. they are great for both sporty teens and reluctant readers." (VOYA 2008-10-01)
"Recommended." (WASHYARG 2008-09-01)
"...a very readable work that will appeal to sports enthusiasts and young social scientists." (CM Magazine 2008-08-02)
"...a children's book about 'another era' in football—an era 50 years ago when 'the NFL wasn't black quarterback friendly.' This captivating children's book is a gem for big kids, too." (Hamilton Spectator 2008-05-31)
"The audience will empathize with the struggle these great athletes had to overcome to reach their dream. They will realize that dreams can come true if you are determined and are willing to overcome obstacles." (Resource Links 2008-01-02)
"This volume would add some information to any discussion on the civil rights movement with a hook for young men who can relate to the game of football." (Puget Sound Council 2009-09-01)
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Book Description Lerner Publishers. Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 1550289918
Book Description Lorimer, Canada, 2008. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. Until a mere generation ago, black football players were largely unproven as quarterbacks since they were excluded from a position that demanded strategic thinking instead of brute force. So, talented players headed north, rising to stardom in Canada. John Danakas profiles the pioneering athletes who donned new team colours and changed their sport.[Fry Reading Level - 4.8]. Seller Inventory # BTE9781550289916
Book Description James Lorimer, 2008. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1550289918