Harry Jerome, World’s Fastest Man
Publisher: Red Deer Press
Harry Jerome is one of Canada’s forgotten heroes. From a skinny little kid growing up in St. Boniface, MB, he rose to become “the fastest man in the world,” a title he held for an incredible eight years. He achieved this, despite having to battle the prejudices he and his family had to overcome, on account of their African-Canadian heritage. In this engaging and inspiring novel, acclaimed children’s writer Norma Charles has woven together Harry’s fascinating life story from facts gathered through research; interviews with his family, friends, and coach; and also from her own memories of his races at UBC when she was a student there.
Norma Charles is an award-winning children’s author. She is the author of several bestselling picture books including See You Later, Alligator and All the Way to Mexico.