by Dirk McLean
A Black teen displays persistence and confidence to go from running solo to being part of a cross-country team.
Set in a diverse neighbourhood in Scarborough, Ontario, this book follows Michaela as she goes from a solitary runner to an athlete who contributes to the success of her cross-country team. Discouraged by an incident at her mostly-white summer camp, Michaela comes into her own as part of her racially diverse school track team. Focusing on themes of persistence, friendship and overcoming rivalries, this book illuminates traits of connection, empathy and forgiveness.
About the Author
DIRK McLEAN is the author of children's picture books, the Sports Stories novel Not Out, and Team Fugee and Tournament Fugee in Lorimer's Soccer United: Team Refugee series. He has also written radio drama and stage plays that have toured southern Ontario elementary schools. Dirk was born in Trinidad & Tobago and now lives and works in Toronto.
"An excellent choice for reluctant readers. Highly Recommended."
"An excellent read-aloud choice."
"Middle schoolers at a second grade reading level will root for Michaela as she steps out of her shell."
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