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. Volume XII Number 3 . . . . September 30, 2005
Every September, thousands of school children participate in a Terry Fox Run, but how much do they know about the person this event commemorates? In recent years, middle years students have had access to Eric Walters’ Run, a novel which presented Terry’s journey through the eyes of a fictional adolescent. Now, during the 25th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope, Trottier has produced for younger readers a brief, but excellent, introduction to the person Terry Fox and his motivation for undertaking to run across Canada. The easy-to-read text is most generously illustrated with colour and black and white photos, many of them family snapshots, as well as reproductions of such items as postcards, Terry’s school and university ID’s and his six-year-old’s letter to Santa. An opening map traces Terry’s progress across Canada from the run’s beginning on April 12, 1980, in St. John’s, NL, until its premature conclusion in Thunder Bay, ON, on September 1, 1980. What emerges is a picture of a typical Canadian kid, one whose team pictures evidence that he liked to play sports such as basketball and soccer, but one whose “ordinary” life was changed suddenly and significantly at age 18 with the diagnosis of bone cancer and the subsequent amputation of a leg. Trottier portrays the impact of Terry’s altruistic and heroic undertaking in raising funds for cancer research without turning him into a unapproachable paragon.
Note that the author’s royalties, matched by a donation from Scholastic, will be donated to the Terry Fox Foundation. A “must-purchase ” title for every elementary school in Canada.
Dave Jenkinson teaches courses in children’s and adolescent literature at the Faculty of Education, the University of Manitoba.
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