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Something to Prove: The Story of Hockey Tough Guy Bobby Clarke


He didn't want to be known as a diabetic hockey player. He was a player with diabetes.

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He didn't want to be known as a diabetic hockey player. He was a player with diabetes.

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Editorial Reviews

CM Magazine
"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...Recommended."
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"[Presents] interesting facts about Bobby's career and what he accomplished despite the obstacles in his path. Mortillaro uses simple vocabulary to get the point of the story across, which is an advantage to struggling readers."
Children's Literature - Paula Rohrlick
Born in Flin Flon, Manitoba in 1949, Bobby Clarke was on skates by the age of three. He adored hockey and threw himself into the game at every opportunity, but at the age of 13 he started to feel strangely tired, and much more thirsty and hungry than usual. The doctor's diagnosis was Type 1 diabetes, a condition that Bobby would have to learn to manage carefully if he wanted to continue to play hockey as before. As league leader in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, Bobby was a rising star, and he was determined not to let his diabetes interfere with his ambitions. He went on to play in the Western Canada Junior Hockey League, but despite his obvious talent, the next step wasn't easy. The National Hockey League had concerns about how Bobby's diabetes might affect his ability to play. Support from his coach and a letter from the Mayo Clinic convinced the NHL at last, and Bobby was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1969. He soon proved his worth, and in 1972 he played in the Summit Series, in which Canada took on the USSR. He scored a goal, but was criticized for a slash that broke a Soviet player's ankle. Bobby went on to become captain of the Flyers and help them win the Stanley Cup. He retired in 1984, at age 35. As the author points out, he refused to let diabetes limit what he could do, and despite his aggressive style he remains a hockey role model to many. Written in direct, simple language, this slim volume features a large typeface, black-and-white photos and sidebars on such topics as the different types of diabetes and Bobby Clarke's career stats. It's a quick, easy read that will appeal to hockey fans and reluctant readers as well as young people who are dealing with diabetes and seeking an inspirational role model. Includes a glossary and an index. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552774809
  • Publisher: Lorimer, James & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Series: Lorimer Recordbooks Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicole Mortillaro is the author of several hockey books for children.
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