Something to Prove: The story of hockey tough guy Bobby Clarke (Lorimer Recordbooks)

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9781552774809: Something to Prove: The story of hockey tough guy Bobby Clarke (Lorimer Recordbooks)

Most people recognize hockey superstar Bobby Clarke as the tough guy with the toothless grin. This fast-paced and energetic new book tells the story of Clarke's fights on and off the ice -- not with rival hockey players, but with diabetes. Long-time sports editor Nicole Mortillaro examines how Bobby was almost shunned from the league because of the disease, and recounts the impact of the important medical discoveries made about the disease since his time. [Fry Reading Level - 4.1

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NICOLE MORTILLARO is a children's sports books author and editor. She is an avid hockey fan (Leafs, not Flyers!) and has edited several bestseilling children's hockey books. Nicole lives north of Toronto with her daughter.

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Mortillaro's breezy, fact-filled biography of hockey legend Bobby Clarke is just the thing for hockey-crazed reluctant readers...
Kids who like "infotainment" will be drawn to this book as it reads like a novel but includes fact boxes, photographs and a glossary. The author keeps her chapters short, makes good use of cliff-hangers, and manages to keep her descriptions of hockey games and plays exciting and easy to picture. Even kids who are not that keen on hockey will find the figure of Clarke an interesting subject.
Something to Prove is a good fit for collections of easy-to-read, but substantial biographies, and will be enjoyed by young hockey fans. (Elizabeth Walker, a teacher-librarian in Vancouver, BC, doesn't really like hockey CM: Canadian Review of Materials 2010-01-11)

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