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Penguin Book of Canadian Biography for Young Readers


by (author) Pat Hancock

PRH Canada Young Readers
Initial publish date
Jan 2001
Recommended Age
12 to 18
Recommended Grade
7 to 12
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2001
    List Price

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Where to buy it

Out of print

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Who was Jeanne Mance? What is Shawnawditith's claim to fame? Why does everybody make such a fuss about Louis Riel?

This terrific collection of concise biographies introduces us to some of Canadian history's most illustrious and unusual people. These are people who've had lakes, rivers, streets and schools named after them, statues and monuments erected in their honour, books written and even movies made about their lives.

But who are they and what contribution have they made to Canada? From explorers to native leaders, from unlikely heroes to visionary peacemakers, from pioneers to politicians, this lively, fascinating volume looks at forty-one movers and shakers of the "new world."

Through these riveting stories, we learn what life was like in early Canada, and how one individual can contribute to, shape and even change the course of Canadian history.

About the author


Pat Hancock is the author of the four books in the popular Haunted Canada series and four books in the bestselling Crazy Canadian Trivia series, all published by Scholastic Canada. Pat brings boundless enthusiasm to her research and writing, and shares a reference-filled house with her husband in Toronto, Ontario.


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