________________ CM . . . . Volume XIV Number 14 . . . . March 7, 2008

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Forever Champions: The Enduring Legacy of the Record-setting Edmonton Grads. (Record Books).

Richard Brignall.
Toronto, ON: James Lorimer, 2007.
112 pp., pbk. & hc., $9.95 (pbk.), $16.95 (hc.).
ISBN 978-1-55028-976-3 (pbk.), ISBN 978-1-55028-977-0 (hc.).

Subject Headings:
Edmonton Commercial Graduates (Basketball Team)-History-Juvenile literature.
McDougall Commercial High School (Edmonton, Alta.)-History-Juvenile literature.
Basketball-Alberta-Edmonton-History-Juvenile literature.

Grades 5-11 / Ages 10-16.

Review by Elaine Fuhr.

**** /4

excerpt:

The Grads were world champions! For the first time, the city of Edmonton was home to a world's-best sports team. The 7000 fans in the arena jumped to their feet and cheered. From this point on, they would call their grads "the queens of the court."

From 1915 to 1940, the Edmonton Grads women's basketball team ruled the world of female athletes. In truth, there were few female athletes in the early years of this team's history, and those that made the effort had little support. That would change, and the Grads would be instrumental in making this change happen. With the flip of a coin, J. Percy Page became the coach of what started off as a girl's high school basketball team. Though they had little competition at home, over the years, women's teams began to form in eastern Canada and the United States. The Edmonton grads won nearly all of their games throughout the years including many championships. The Underwoood Trophy, donated for the World Championship, became theirs to defend.

     This history of an amazing basketball team, who truly brought women's sports into the public interest is well written and interesting. Several black & white photographs punctuate the chapters showing the team and J. Percy Page from 1919 to 1936. Children will delight in the difference of uniform from then to present day, and those who remember the team will think fondly of the excitement these courageous individuals brought as women's sports came of age. Not only will it entertain and educate the age group for which it is intended, but it will also be enjoyed by those adults who are fascinated with the history of Edmonton, AB.

Highly Recommended.

Elaine Fuhr, a retired teacher of elementary and middle school, lives in Alberta.

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