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The Longest Shot

How Larry Kwong Changed the Face of Hockey

February 13, 2024 | Children's hardcover
ISBN: 9781459835030
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Larry Kwong became the first player of Asian descent in the NHL when he played one shift with the New York Rangers in 1948.

Even though Larry's achievement happened more than 70 years ago, his contribution to hockey is only now being recognized. He broke hockey's color barrier and fought racism and discrimination at every step of his career. From his humble beginnings on the outdoor rinks in Vernon, British Columbia's Chinatown all the way to playing at Madison Square Garden and in the NHL, this inspiring hero has a timeless story for young readers.

The epub edition of this title is fully accessible.

About this Author

Chad Soon is a fourth-generation Chinese Canadian. His parents encouraged him to do what he loved: draw, read and play hockey. Growing up on Vancouver Island, Chad dreamed of being an NHL star. He went as far as bantam house-league hockey before realizing that he wasn't going to be the next Larry Kwong. Chad now teaches in Larry Kwong's hometown of Vernon, British Columbia, where he realized another dream: writing this book.

George Chiang grew up loving and playing hockey in Etobicoke, Ontario. George is the composer of the internationally acclaimed musical Golden Lotus and the author of the children's books The Railroad Adventures of Chen Sing and The Pioneer Adventures of Chen Sing. He has directed and/or produced award-winning music videos for his songs, including A World Away (Remix) and Old Montreal, among others. George's acting credits include roles in Eloise at the Plaza and McKenna Shoots for the Stars. He lives in Stouffville, Ontario.

Amy Qi is a Chinese-Canadian illustrator with a passion for storytelling. A graduate of OCAD University, she loves to use vibrant colors to create whimsical and immersive illustrations. Her passion for art and storytelling comes from her love of video games and movies, both of which continue to inspire her to this day. Amy lives in Toronto.

ISBN: 9781459835030
Format: Children's hardcover
Series: Orca Biography
Pages: 104
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Published: 2024-02-13


"This concise, absorbing narrative will entice sports fans and nonathletes alike...An informative and engaging biography that pays tribute to an extraordinary life."

"Colorful and engaging...Great for building reading confidence or attracting reluctant readers...An easy-to-read sports biography with cross-genre appeal."

"Provides important context and a valuable history lesson on the experiences of Chinese Canadians in Canada...Qi's bright, large, and movie-esque illustrations are sure to be popular with children. This real-life tale firmly rooted in history will educate and engage readers, regardless of whether they are hockey fans."

"The Longest Shot brings Kwong's compelling story to the public, ensures that his contributions are not forgotten, and inscribes his presence within Canada's historical past...conveys a positive message about diversity and inclusion in all areas of societal life, affirming that people should be judged for their talents and accomplishments rather than by their physical appearance or background... A valuable addition to libraries that want to build their collection of sports-related texts or collection of books that portray diverse cultural communities. Highly recommended."

"Filled with colourful, iconic images and lively prose... By the time they finish this book, young readers of The Longest Shot will be left wondering: why on earth has Larry Kwong been excluded from the Hockey Hall of Fame?"

"Larry Kwong's life story, a tale of resilience and success despite long odds, is a story worthy of notice."

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