Jordin Tootoo

The Highs and Lows in the Journey of the First Inuk to Play in the NHL

From the Series Lorimer Recordbooks

  • Interest Level: Grade 7 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Jordin Tootoo is known for having to “fight his way through.” Jordin had more than his fair share of fights both on and off the ice. He had to overcome the social problems that are associated with the far north, fight his way through the discrimination and culture shock he encountered after leaving his remote community 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.

From a small rink in the Arctic Circle, to joining the Nashville Predators in 2001 and becoming an NHL hero, this is the story of the highs and lows of the first Inuk to play in the NHL.

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Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre High/Low, Social Studies, Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, SEL: C Social Awareness, Social Emotional Learning, Sports
Copyright 2019
Publisher James Lorimer and Company Ltd., Publishers
Imprint Lorimer Children & Teens
Language English
Number of Pages 104
Publication Date 2022-11-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007100, JNF077000, JNF054070
Dewey 920
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 4.25 x 7
Lexile 890
Features Fast facts, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author: Melanie Florence

Melanie Florence is the author of several award-winning fiction and non-fiction books about Indians. She is of Plains Cree and Scottish descent. She lives in lives in Toronto with her family.

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Lorimer Recordbooks

Lorimer Recordbooks is a high/low nonfiction series that features the true stories of how an athlete or a team worked to change attitudes around them about real issues like racism and sexism. View available downloads →