Annaleise Carr

How I Conquered Lake Ontario to Help Kids Battling Cancer

From the Series Lorimer Recordbooks

  • Interest Level: Grade 7 - Grade 12   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Over eight months worth of planning, hundreds of hours of hard physical training, amassing a team of dedicated crewmates, approaching sponsors and collecting donations—and finally, swimming for twenty-seven hours across the cold, rough waters of Lake Ontario.

Why would a fourteen-year-old girl take on such a challenge?

For Annaleise Carr, the motivation came not from a desire for glory. Her ultimate quest was to raise money for her new friends at Camp Trillium, a charity that provides a camping experience for kids with cancer. What kept her going through the cold water, the exhaustion, and the terrifying night swim was the thought of those kids and their families that she was helping. In August of 2012, she became the youngest person to cross Lake Ontario, breaking the record set more than fifty years earlier by Marilyn Bell.

Readers will meet an extraordinary fourteen-year-old girl in this book. As she tells her story, it becomes clear how idealism and an intense desire to help others can lead a young teen to almost unimaginable achievements.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-1-45940-632-2
$16.95 $12.71
Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre High/Low, Nonfiction, Young Adult
Subject Sports
Copyright 2014
Publisher Lorimer & Company, Ltd.
Imprint Lorimer Children & Teens
Language English
Number of Pages 144
Publication Date 2016-09-01
BISACS YAN006130, YAN006140, YAN053000
Dewey 920
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 4.25 x 7
Lexile 820
Features Teaching Guides

Author: Annaleise Carr

Annaleise Carr became the youngest marathon swimmer to cross Lake Ontario in August of 2012. She is the recipient of many citizenship and philanthropic awards. This is her first book.

Author: Deborah Ellis

Deborah Ellis is the award-winning author of several books for kids and teens. She has written on serious issues affecting young people around the world, including drug use, poverty, HIV/AIDS, and war. deborahellis.com

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Lorimer Recordbooks

Recordbooks is a high/low nonfiction series that helps teens understand social issues through the stories of sports heroes. These books feature trailblazing NHL athletes who have overcome racial barriers in their lives and in their careers. View available downloads →