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Sue Irwin

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SUE IRWIN is a teacher and author. Her writing has been published in a variety of children’s publications and has won several awards. Her Lorimer Recordbook Safety Stars was nominated for the Silver Birch Nonfiction Award, was on the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s “Best Books for Kids and Teens” list, and won the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario’s “Curriculum Development Award.” She is excited about the launch of her next book in the Recordbooks series, Breaking Through - Heroes in Canadian Women's Sport. From her home in southern Ontario, Canada, Sue cheers for the Red and White as they compete around the world.

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Sue Irwin While playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs, near the end of his career, goalie Jacques Plante received approximately 200 fan letters every day. My…moreWhile playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs, near the end of his career, goalie Jacques Plante received approximately 200 fan letters every day. My husband, Jonathan, was one of the fans who asked him for goaltending advice. When I heard that Jacques had taken the time to respond to Jonathan personally, Jacques became my sports hero, too. That story sparked the idea for my book, Safety Stars.(less)
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