Commended - One of the Year's Best for 2011 - Resource Links - 2012
Short-listed - Golden Oak Award - 2014
Winner - VOYA 2011 Nonfiction Honor List - 2011
Short-listed - Red Cedar Book Award, 2011-12 - 2012
Commended - Best Books for Kids & Teens - Canadian Children's Book Centre - 2009
Small Town Glory
Winner - Best Books for Kids & Teens - Canadian Children's Book Centre - 2008
"Sports writer Richard Brignall has written an interesting account of the life of one of Canada’s legendary sports hero...Young sports enthusiasts will be interested in this biography of sports star Lionel Conacher. The chapters are short and fast-paced with accessible vocabulary and sentence structure...Recommended."
"I find value in this book for its intended audience because of the author's relentless critical thinking, his overturning of comfortable stereotypes, and his willingness to state in print blunt truths that most of us prefer remain unspoken. The book left me wanting to read further volumes in the series, and I would strongly recommend it for classrooms serving readers struggling with literacy and for community libraries serving vulnerable youth, as well as for any teen readers interested in policing, crime, and justice. It is an impressive book." - Leslie Vermeer, Resource Links
“Real Justice: A Police Mr. Big Sting Goes Wrong: The Story of Kyle Unger by Richard Brignall is a real page turner with a few twists and turns. Make sure that you have your seatbelt on because you are going on a real justice ride of your life. Once you open the book it will grab you, hold you down and you'll watch those pages turn and turn and turn some more until you reach the end. Then, you'll go back and re-read it all over again. I gave this book 5 stars, although it's worth many more. It is a fascinating story and teens and YA would really like reading it. It is a true story. I highly recommend this book to everyone. I look for more by Richard Brignall.” -Amazon Reviewer
Richard Brignall is a freelance journalist and author based in Kenora, Ontario. He is the author of 11 non-fiction books for middle-grade, teen and adult readers.
His middle-grade and teen books are primarily biographies on Canadian sports stars like Clara Hughes, Norm Kwong, Lionel Conacher, Fergie Jenkins, the 1972 Team Canada Hockey Summit Series, and the Edmonton Grads women’s basketball team. He has also detailed the wrongful conviction of Kyle Unger. His adult books have told the histories of Kenora and Manitoba hockey.
His books have been nominated for the Carol Shields Award, the Golden Oak Award, and the Red Cedar Award. The have also made the recommended lists published by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Resource Links, and Voya. He is also a magazine freelance writer with over 200 published articles in publications like Cottage Life, Outdoor Canada, Ontario Out of Doors, and Homes and Cottages.
Other than writing, Richard owns and operates an electrical contracting business. He is married with two cats, Morris and Mavis.
Praise for Richard Brignall: "Brignall's text is tightly written, keeping it easy to read, but also giving it a pace that propels the reader through the fascinating story ..." - Resource Links
"Brignall's descriptions of the football games evoke their excitement and will draw readers into the narrative...The book portrays how one individual's efforts can contribute to the transformation of an entire community's image...China Clipper would be a beneficial addition to the sports genre section of a library. However, it could also be part of the Chinese Canadian sub-collection or multicultural collection within a public or school library...Recommended." -CM Magazine
"...it might just be the ticket to get [reluctant teens] interested in the printed word. It deals with teenagers becoming adults, and making a name for themselves and their home town in the process. Even for adults the story itself is fascinating." - Bob Stewart Kenora Daily Miner and News
"Historic photos and short chapters promise to make the book palatable for reluctant readers." - Susan Lawrence Quill & Quire
Forever Champions:The Enduring Legacy of the Record-Setting Edmonton Gradsis part of the "Recordbooks Series". Richard Brignall, its author, co-authored another "Recordbooks" title, Small Town Glory. The series is designed to appeal to reluctant readers, with this title a quick and interesting read with its grade 4.8 reading level. However, what makes this title stand out in a growing genre of sports books for reluctant readers is that it will appeal to girls, rather than boys, since it's about a girls' high school team.
Forever Champions, and the story of this record setting team, has a place in every library. While basketball lovers will be drawn to the story, it is an interesting read for anyone who enjoys history or sports. Teachers will find the title useful in units on women's rights, especially sports.- Linda Aksomitis -"Resource Links" - Volume 13, Number 3, February 2008
"...well-written, well-suited to the intended audience and ideal for recreational reading...The sidebars dealing with politics give a brief history of the relations between the Soviet Bloc and the West during the post Second World War period. This is accurate and interesting and useful to young readers who may never have heard of Communism or the Soviet Union. They should provoke some interesting questions....his style is perfect for the targetted audience." -Thomas F. Chambers CM: Canadian Review for Materials
"For readers who may not have a particular interest in boxing, the story of George Chuvalo's life has more than enough drama and tragedy to make for an interesting read."
"For anyone with an interest in boxing, Fearless has many interesting details contained in text boxes imbedded within the story." - Suzanne Pierson Canadian Review of Materials
"An inspirational tale of a real, down to earth Canadian." - Eva Wilson Resource Links