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China Clipper

Pro football's first Chinese-Canadian player, Normie Kwong

by Richard Brignall

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edition:Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
published: 2010
ISBN:9781552775271
imprint: Lorimer
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
12 to 18
Grade:
7 to 12
Reading age:
12 to 18
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Description

Normie Kwong's parents immigrated to Canada from China in the early 1900s. For them, and many other Asian immigrants, moving meant having to face both the government's anti-Asian policies and society's attitude of Chinese exclusion. But Normie overcame it all and, despite his small stature, in 1948 he became the youngest footballer ever to play in a Grey Cup game. Nicknamed the "China Clipper" as a nod to both his Chinese heritage and his record-setting speed on the football field, Kwong went on to become a hero and popular sports role model for generations of football fans in the West. After retiring from football, Kwong entered politics and was later appointed Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. [Fry Reading Level - 4.9

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Contributor notes

RICHARD BRIGNALL is a sports writer who has written numerous books on superstar athletes, including George Chuvalo, Lionel Conacher, and Fergie Jenkins.

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Editorial Review

"Told in simple language with the aid of a glossary, this story informs and inspires. Reluctant readers, new Englilsh speakers who enjoy sports will find plenty of reading enjoyment in this book." Rated G - Good, even great at times, generally useful.

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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.
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