In this installment of the ValueTales series, Ann Donegan Johnson tells the story of Terry Fox (1958-1981).
The book tells of his closeness to his family and his early love of basketball. After he is diagnosed with cancer and loses his right leg below the knee, Terry plays wheelchair basketball and takes up distance running, a real challenge with an artificial leg. The bulk of the book describes Terry's determination to run across Canada and his well-known attempt to do so in his famous Marathon of Hope. Readers learn about the challenges he faced, the support re received from both celebrities and ordinary people, and how inspiring he was to others. The book ends with Terry's death before reaching his goal.
Like other books in the ValueTales series, this book uses a real-life person to exemplify an important value. It is suitable for reading by children in the later elementary school grades. A "Historical Facts" section at the book's end summarizes Terry's life in a single-page bio form suitable for adults.
Closing quote: "If you accept the challenge to give your best not matter what the odds against you, then you too can make a difference--just like our good friend, Terry Fox." (p. 62)