How I Conquered Lake Ontario to Help Kids Battling Cancer
From the Series Lorimer Recordbooks
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.
|Interest Level||Grade 7 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 5|
|Genre||High/Low, Nonfiction, Young Adult|
|Publisher||James Lorimer and Company Ltd., Publishers|
|Imprint||Lorimer Children & Teens|
|Number of Pages||144|
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
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.
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Lorimer 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 →