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Small Town Glory

The story of the Kenora Thistles' remarkable quest for the Stanley Cup

By John Danakas and Richard Brignall

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Series: Lorimer Recordbooks

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How did the Kenora Thistles become, against all odds, the smallest team and the smallest town ever to win the Stanley Cup?

This famously scrappy hockey team was founded in the rough and tumble town of Kenora, Ontario, at the end of the 19th century. A decade later, playing far away from home, in Montreal, the fiery teenagers whom the Montreal Star dubbed "the fastest that have ever been seen anywhere on ice" out-skated and out-played their older, more experienced opponents to win the coveted hockey championship trophy.

Sports novelist John Danakas and journalist Richard Brignall team up to tell the true story of the ultimate underdogs in this a little-known chapter from Canadian sports history.

[Fry Reading Level - 4.5


Winner - Best Books for Kids & Teens - Canadian Children's Book Centre - 2008

" might just be the ticket to get [reluctant teens interested in the printed word. It deals with teenagers becoming adults, and making a name for themselves and their home town in the process. Even for adults the story itself is fascinating."

- Bob Stewart Kenora Daily Miner and News

"Historic photos and short chapters promise to make the book palatable for reluctant readers."

- Susan Lawrence Quill & Quire

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 120 pages
Publication Date: 28th October 2006
ISBN: 9781550289435
Format: 7in x 4.25in
10 black and white photographs

Binding: Hardback, 120 pages
Publication Date: 17th November 2006
ISBN: 9781550289619
Format: 7in x 4.25in
10 black and white photographs

Binding: Electronic book text
Publication Date: 22nd February 2012
ISBN: 9781552779125
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  JNF007100, JNF025240, JNF054070
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 12 To 17
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 4.5
Lexile Reading Level: 900L


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  • Ideal for reluctant readers
  • Hi-lo
  • Short chapters, easy-to-read format
  • Great for ESL and adult students
  • Writing with a flair for making history feel like novels
  • Accompanied by historical photos and sports trivia

"Historic photos and short chapters promise to make the book palatable for reluctant readers."
—Quill & Quire

"Kids who like 'infotainment' will be drawn to these books that read like a novel but includes fact boxes, photographs and a glossary." —CM Magazine

Recordbooks are non-fiction stories that help reluctant readers understand history and social issues through the lens of the true story of a sports hero. Showing the process of social change on issues like racism, diversity and conflict, these books engage and provide historical context by telling the often-heroic story of how an athlete or a team worked to change attitudes around them.