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Jordin Tootoo

The highs and lows in the journey of the first Inuk to play in the NHL

By Melanie Florence

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Hockey is a relatively new sport in Canada's North. It wasn't until 2003 that Jordin Kudluk "Thunder" Tootoo became the first Inuk to play in an NHL game. Although hockey is a rough sport to begin with, Jordin Tootoo is known for having to "fight his way through." Jordin has had more than his fair share of fights both on and off the ice. He's had to overcome the social problems that are associated with the North, fight his way through the discrimination and culture shock he encountered after leaving Rankin Inlet and moving to Alberta to play in the Juniors, and see his way through the grief of losing his NHL-bound older brother and hero, Terence Tootoo, to suicide in 2002.
This new biography explores the struggles and accomplishments of the most recognized role model for young Aboriginal and Inuit people today. [Fry Reading Level - 4.6



1. From the Frozen North

2. Hockey — Tootoo Style

3. Leaving Home

4. Moving Up

5. Tragedy Strikes

6. Playing Through the Pain

7. A Born Predator

8. Fighting Through

9. Life off the Ice



About the Author

Photo Credits



Commended - Honourable Mention - American Indian Youth Literature Award - 2012

This biography follows Jordin's childhood in the Arctic, rooted in Inuit tradition and his parents' constant support...Photographs and factoid insets spread throughout the biography help the reader visualize Tootoo's childhood. Rich descriptive language brings the reader into the hockey game where "blades cut a path across the ice and breathing rasps."
Curriculum Connections: This text lends itself well as a resource for biography research and writing units, supports a character study for sports and Aboriginal heroes, and packs enough action to be a great "book for boys" in a classroom library.

- Amanda Forbes Canadian Teacher

"Though the primary focus of this book is hockey, the book covers a wide range of topics and issues that a young reader can take away with them, such as the rights of Inuit people on their land, the federal governments description and recognition of Indigenous peoples, racism"

- Christine MacFarlane Windspeaker

...Tootoo's story is as much a tale about two brothers as it is about the love of hockey...With text boxes and photographs that complement the story and contribute to the reader's experience, each page of this fast paced read details Tootoo's ambition and fighting spirit.

- Ana Malespin Resource Links

Though the primary focus of this book is hockey...also covers a wide range of topics and issues that will likely lead to further discussion, including rights of Inuit people on their land, the federal government's description and recognition of indigenous peoples, racism and the higher incidence of Aboriginal youth suicide.

- Nicole Dalmer CM Magazine

Like her subject, the author doesn't pull many punches in Tootoo's rousing, rather hard-bitten tale, which, thankfully, has a storybook ending aimed directly at teenage-boy reluctant readers.

- Kirkus Reviews www.kirkusreviews.com

MELANIE FLORENCE is a proud Cree and a full-time journalist and children's writer currently based in Toronto. Melanie is working on her first YA novel, the story of an Aboriginal boy growing up on the rez.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 104 pages
Publication Date: 7th September 2010
ISBN: 9781552775295
Format: 7in x 4.25in
b&w photographs

Binding: Hardback, 104 pages
Publication Date: 18th October 2010
ISBN: 9781552775318
Format: 7in x 4.25in
b&w photographs

Binding: Electronic book text, 104 pages
Publication Date: 14th December 2011
ISBN: 9781552775301
Format: EPUB
b&w photographs

BISAC Code:  JNF007100, JNF053140, JNF054070
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 12 To 18
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 4.6
Lexile Reading Level: 850L


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