Meet Tom Longboat

A picture book by Elizabeth MacLeod and Mike Deas.

Elizabeth MacLeod, illustrated by Mike Deas

On a cold and windy April day in 1907, Tom Longboat beat a crowd of top runners to win the famous Boston Marathon. His exhilarating, record-breaking performances earned him legions of fans in Canada and around the world. But there is more to his story than being a famous athlete. Tom volunteered and bravely served in WWI. He was dedicated to his family and community. Tom didn't always win, but he always worked hard with his head held high. Tom did things the way he knew was right... and achieved success on his own terms. (From Scholastic Canada Ltd.)

From the book

Excerpted from Meet Tom Longboat, copyright © 2019 by Elizabeth MacLeod and Mike Deas. Reproduced with permission from Scholastic Canada. (Scholastic Canada.)

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