Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Tom Longboat
Meet the Onondaga runner who broke world records for running... on his own terms!
A full-colour picture book biography! Great for fans of the Ordinary People and Who Was/Who Is series!
On April 19, 1907, a hundred thousand people lined up to watch the eighth running of the Boston Marathon. At the start of the race, more than one hundred runners surged forward, and at the end, Tom Longboat won it in a record-breaking four minutes, forty-six seconds. He became the most famous runner in the world, yet faced scrutiny and criticism of every part of his life, from his revolutionary training techniques to his Indigenous heritage.
This picture book will introduce young readers to a brave and fascinating man whose legacy as Canada's foremost distance runner continues to be recognized to this day.
This new biography series features accessible text, full-colour illustrations, with historical notes and timelines that provide even more information on Tom Longboat's background and incredible accomplishments.
About the Author/Illustrator
Elizabeth MacLeod is the author of many notable Canadian non-fiction titles including Canada Year-By-Year, and several critically acclaimed biographies. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and enjoys reading, swimming, theatre and tap dancing. Mike Deas is an author/illustrator of graphic novels. His love for illustrative storytelling comes from an early love of reading and drawing while growing up on Saltspring Island, British Columbia, Canada.