The Longest Shot

  • Illustrated By: Amy Qi
  • Pages:104
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:hockey hero, racism, trailblazer, Asian history, discrimination
  • Available:02/13/2024
  • Lexile:980L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:X

Larry Kwong became the first player of Asian descent in the NHL when he played one shift with the New York Rangers in 1948.

Even though Larry's achievement happened more than 70 years ago, his contribution to hockey is only now being recognized. He broke hockey's color barrier and fought racism and discrimination at every step of his career. From his humble beginnings on the outdoor rinks in Vernon, British Columbia's Chinatown all the way to playing at Madison Square Garden and in the NHL, this inspiring hero has a timeless story for young readers.

“My dad would have been so thrilled with this and proud…This tells his story in a way that would have made him happy.”
– Kristina Heintz, Larry Kwong’s daughter

“This concise, absorbing narrative will entice sports fans and nonathletes alike…an informative and engaging biography that pays tribute to an extraordinary life.”

– Kirkus Reviews
Junior Library Guild (JLG) Gold Standards Selection   | 2023  |  Commended