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Terry Fox: His Story (Revised)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  359 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Terry Fox, the one-legged runner from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, made an indelible impression upon people across Canada and around the world. An outstanding athlete with a stubborn and competitive spirit, he lost his leg to cancer at 19, but said “nobody is ever going to call me a quitter.”

On April 12, 1980, Terry Fox set out from St. John’s, Newfoundland to begin t
Paperback, 248 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by McClelland & Stewart (first published January 1st 1981)
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Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book will do at least two things to you. 1) Grab a box of tissues; and 2) Get up off the couch and start chasing your dreams with renewed rigour and inspiration. Terry Fox: His Story will go down as the most inspiring book I’ve ever read.

I first heard about Terry Fox while living in Canada. I was immediately inspired by his story and he quickly became my favourite Canadian. I would later request my library (once back in Australia) to purchase this book; such was my desire to learn more abou
Matt Morrison
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Terry Fox was an incredible individual and his story is enthralling. I have great admiration for him and loved reading about him. I am unsure as to what audience this book was written towards (younger crowd) as I was not overly impressed with the writing, actually stepping away from the book on my first attempt to read and coming back to it a little time later. I would recommend reading it purely on the fact that Terry Fox's life is amazing and we all could learn from it, not necessarily because ...more
Feb 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
No spoilers to be had because we all know what happens (be sure you have tissues handy) but even when you know how it ends it's still a fantastic journey. I always struggle to review a book when the story is just amazing and yet the writing could have been better. I still think this is worth the read. There are a lot of excerpts with Terry's own words that make it even more heartbreaking, but inspiring all the same. ...more
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Terry was a normal teenage boy with a lot of ambition towards becoming a successful athlete, but everything changed when he was diagnosed with cancer. Though Terry was devestated, but had no choice but to sacrifice his leg for his life. Terry soon realizes that his life can never be the same and divises a plan of action to raise money, spread awarness and give the world hope for cancer patients, but what Terry soon discovers is that his battle with cancer isn't over just yet. ...more
Linda Leafloor
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a great young man and what a story! This should be on everyone's reading list, young or old. It is truly inspirational. I don't know how I can ever feel sorry for myself again, OR live without zest and full consciousness. He truly gave his all for his fellow man. Thank you, Terry! ...more
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an awesome book. As a Canadian born in 1985 I didn't know a lot about Terry Fox other than he had cancer and there is a run every year. I now have a huge appreciation for him and feel the need to donate more and participate more. What a great book. Opened my eyes! Canada's hero is Terry Fox! ...more
Brian Ostrowski
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Terry Fox was an amazing person who may have died young, but left a legacy that will endure for many, many years.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great book about the life of a real Canadian and then worldwide icon. The complexities of Terry's character, the tremendous pressure he felt and the incredible mental and physical toughness are well rendered.

The book follows a chronological approach and brings back personal memories from Terry's diary and some context is provided from a first hand participant of the run.

Very inspiring and powerful.
Luke Sayese
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Overall, a very excellent look into the brief life of Terry Fox and very highly recommended. Scrivener uses Terry Fox's personal diaries, testimonials, and interviews to piece together Terry Fox's life, his Marathon of Hope, and the founding of the Terry Fox Foundation. What I really appreciate about this book is that it does not mythologize Terry Fox in any way as Scrivener also portrays his faults, weaknesses, and strengths as he was known by those closest to him by his quick temper, to be ove ...more
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I watched a 30 by 30 on the Terry Fox story (I think) and in the show they mentioned he had written a book. Without hesitation, while the show was still on I went onto Amazon and bought the book. This story is amazing. I can't even imagine the determination and strength that it took to do what Terry did. Inspiring really. ...more
Jan 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
I didn't know that Terry Fox was so close in age to my Mom. They were even born on the same day only 8 years apart ...more
Dec 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
stared and finished in the same day after seeing a touching documentary on this kid - he is pretty amazing. The end of the book had too many fundraising facts - but his story was good.
Beth Frawley
Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
You have to love one of our modern day, Canadian heroes.
Othón A. León
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
On harsh moments, Terry's story seems to be the reminder and remmedy. An inspiring life. A must read book! ...more
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was good and taught me how I always have to have hope no matter what.
Ben Truong
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
Terry Fox: His Story is a biography of Terry Fox, a one-legged athlete from Canada, and written by Leslie Scrivener, a former feature writing on the Toronto Star. My eldest niece participated in the Terry Fox Run last month (16 September) and I thought it would be apropos to read his biography – just a tad late in getting to it, but I have finally read it.

Terrance Stanley "Terry" Fox was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist. In 1980, with one leg having been amputated d
Teena in Toronto
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: canadian
Terry Fox was an ordinary young man living in Port Coquitlam, BC. He was athletic and enjoyed running and basketball. When he was 19, they discovered he had a cancerous tumour and his right leg was amputated at the knee. With an artificial leg, he began running again and played wheelchair basketball.

On April 12, 1980, Terry began the Marathon of Hope, a cross-country run to raise money for cancer research. He hoped to raise one dollar from each of Canada's 24 million people. He began in St. John
Austin Gaghadar
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book did a good job of portraying Terry Fox as a very inspiring and motivated individual. I appreciated that facts and statistics of the run were interspersed with the more personal anecdotes of his experiences along the road and the lives that he touched. I learned a lot more about the logistics of the run, Terry's life before the run and the amazing impact that his actions have spurred around the world. However, I felt that the writing could have been improved with the target audience lik ...more
Elaine Cougler
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Leslie Scrivener's revised edition of this book is a wonderful read for any Canadian and anyone else in the world who wants to be uplifted by an unbelievable story. Each chapter is entitled with one of Terry Fox's quotes which fact makes the flow from one chapter to another very moving. Terry was the one-legged runner in 1980 who set out to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. He was a determined young man who decided to make a difference and his story is riveting. The person be ...more
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A riveting book about one of Canada's true heroes. In April 1980, a young man named Terry Fox who had lost a leg to cancer three years earlier began a Cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer research, using a prosthetic leg that necessitated a hopping/running motion that all Canadians came to recognize as distinctly Terry. The author was a reporter for the Toronto Star who was one of the few who showed an interest in Terry's run from the beginning and who wrote a weekly column with Terry's he ...more
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I perhaps took too long a time to finally read this book because I was concerned I might find out something about my childhood - and eternal - hero that I might dislike, and taint my hallowed image of him.

I couldn't be more wrong. Terry was the man I thought he was, and as human and as extraordinary as I figured he'd be, and I found even more of myself in him than I anticipated I would, and he remains on the pedestal I placed him on.

No regrets in life. I read it when I was supposed to. May he be
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
10 Stars for Terry Fox and his amazing story. I was only a toddler when Terry began his run across Canada, but it's always an inspirational story to revisit. It really is a remarkable story of an ordinary person doing extraordinary things for the good of everyone, and giving everything he could to the cause. As I finished reading on this on the train into work, it seemed maybe someone was cutting onions nearby, or maybe it was dusty - I'm not sure but something was making my eyes tear up.

As a bo
Jayme Ball
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really wish I could award half stars. This was 4.5 to me. Mostly because I was so amazed at the impact one person can make. Everyone has their faults and they definitely didn't portray Mr. Fox as perfect, which was refreshing. But he was certainly an incredible human and someone to be inspired by. I think everyone should be exposed to this story. ...more
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very detailed story of Terry and his run. A good biography for elementary or high school students to read in order to gain information on this Canadian hero. Very moving and emotional in parts. The final chapter outlines how the funds from the Terry Fox Foundation have been used. Powerful story.
Dave Cottenie
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, owned-read, canada
Inspirational just barely scratches the surface of this unbelievable chronology and look into Canada’s greatest hero. The reader feels that they are on the Marathon of Hope right along with Terry Fox. Every Canadian needs to read this book.
Jeannie Adams
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Terry’s story is at once heartbreaking and inspiring. Just imagine what each of us could do it we had that young man’s willpower and bravery. I’m in awe of his accomplishments in his short life. We should all aim to be like Terry Fox.
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every Canadian should read this book. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to read it. Very captivating writing and hard to put down.
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Didn’t end well.
A.K. White
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
An unbelievably inspiring story of courage and unflagging hope.
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Terry Fox story is very inspiring. To have a vision and goal at such an young age is remarkable.
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