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Choice of Colours

The pioneering African-American quarterbacks who changed the face of football

By John Danakas

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Series: Lorimer Recordbooks

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Until a mere generation ago, black football players were largely unproven as quarterbacks since they were excluded from a position that demanded strategic thinking instead of brute force. So, talented players headed north, rising to stardom in Canada. John Danakas profiles the pioneering athletes who donned new team colours and changed their sport.

[Fry Reading Level - 4.8


1. Is it Because I'm Black?

2. A Dream Deferred

3. Move on Up

4. Are You Ready?

5. Ball of Confusion

6. You Can Make it if You Try

7. What's Going On?

8. A Change is Gonna Come

9. Keep on Pushing

10. We're a Winner

11. Don't Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing

12. Moonstruck

Epilogue: Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now

Football Basics



About the Author

Photo Credits


Commended - Best Books for Kids & Teens - Canadian Children's Book Centre - 2009

Commended - Year's Best - Resource Links - 2008

"A book is like a garden carried in the pocket."

Chinese proverb

And I found the perfect pocketbook --Choice of Colours -- a snappy little 100-page pigskin paperback penned by Winnipeg's John Danakas. The director of public affairs at the University of Manitoba has crafted a children's book about "another era" in football -an era 50 years ago when "the NFL wasn't black quarterback friendly."

This captivating children's book is a gem for big kids, too.

- Cecilia Carter-Smith Hamilton Spectator

This book would make a great addition to a classroom/school library. The audience will empathize with the struggle these great athletes had to overcome to reach their dream. They will realize that dreams can come true if you are determined and are willing to overcome obstacles.

- Anne Hatcher Resource Links - Volume 13, Number 3

Danakas ... creates a very readable work that will appeal to sports enthusiasts and young social scientists.

- Val Ken Lem Canadian Review of Materials, Vol. XIV, Number 12

Choice of Colours is a book that will likely appeal to younger football fans, and is a worthy read for older fans as well.

- Paul Garrison Paw Prints

JOHN DANAKAS is the author of five children's novels and one non-fiction book for young adults. His book Hockey Night in Transcona was an Ontario Silver Birch Award finalist. Curve Ball, Lizzie's Soccer Showdown, and Hockey Heroes are all Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice selections. He lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 128 pages
Publication Date: 13th November 2007
ISBN: 9781550289916
Format: 7in x 4.25in

Binding: Hardback, 120 pages
Publication Date: 17th December 2007
ISBN: 9781550289930
Format: 7in x 4.25in

Binding: Electronic book text
Publication Date: 16th March 2011
ISBN: 9781552778944
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  JNF024050, JNF025210, JNF054050
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 12 To 17
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 4.8
Lexile Reading Level: 820L


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