Africatrek: A Journey by Bicycle through Africa

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The Vast expanse of the Sahara Desert dwarfed two cyclists of the Africantrek team. In Tunisia, North Africa, team members began their journey by dipping their rear wheel in the Mediterranean sea. More than eight month later, the group reached its goal at Cape Agulhas, South Africa
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Overview

The Vast expanse of the Sahara Desert dwarfed two cyclists of the Africantrek team. In Tunisia, North Africa, team members began their journey by dipping their rear wheel in the Mediterranean sea. More than eight month later, the group reached its goal at Cape Agulhas, South Africa
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Children's Literature - Tim Whitney
Beginning in November of 1992 and ending in August of 1993, Dan Buettner and his brother Steve led a multinational, multiethnic cycling team on a trek through 14 of Africa's 52 countries. This book enables readers to tag along on the 11,855-mile adventure from the Mediterranean coast of North Africa to the southernmost tip of South Africa. Although these courageous explorers dealt with severe sandstorms, disappointing setbacks, unfamiliar foods, tropical heat, frequent illness, and warfare, Buettner also includes the simple African hospitality, the kindness of strangers, and the beauty of unspoiled scenery that they experienced. Readers will enjoy the real-life action of this cycling adventure and learn about the geography and cultures of Africa along the way. Includes a pronunciation guide, glossary, and index.
VOYA - Kitty Krahnke
One of the best ways to experience a country and its people is to travel through it by bicycle, enjoying the slow pace that allows the rider to interact with local people and be out on the land. Buettner and his five-man multiethnic and multinational team take us through fourteen African countries, riding from the Mediterranean shores to the tip of South Africa. Through the use of a clear narrative style and the use of many local words that are defined in the text, the reader is able to sense the adventure. The three-column layout looks much like a newspaper and provides quick access to personal insights into the sometimes hair-raising experiences, as well as provides a wonderful overview of the expedition. Each chapter begins with a chart indicating the progress in days and miles; also included is a map of the specific area, with an overlay map of the country and an elevation indicator. All this makes the eight-month trip easy to follow. The large number of color photos of the local people and unusual sights, including vegetation and topography, enhance the text and make this an excellent reference source for learning about the continent of Africa. Many people think there are no places left to explore on our planet, but this book brings to light the fact that it is not where you go but how you travel that makes a trek into an expedition. This is a very readable and highly enjoyable book sure to find use in all libraries. Glossary. Index. Photos. Maps. VOYA Codes: 5Q 4P M J (Hard to imagine it being any better written, Broad general YA appeal, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8 and Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9).
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Gr 4-7A readable, personal travelogue of the experiences, hardships, and triumphs of a bicycle trip from the northern coast of Africa to the continent's southernmost tip. In 1992, Dan Buettner and his brother, Steve, assembled a multiracial and multinational team of bikers to accompany them on their journey from Tunisia to South Africa, and, along the way, into the Guinness Book of World Records. As the author's journal counts off the days that have passed and the miles successfully covered, he also chronicles the team's encounters with local people and setbacks endured because of injury, climate, and politics. In addition to the numerous full-color photographs, maps are nicely used to record the forward motion, including the elevation of the terrain. What is most evident is the dogged determination of the author to accomplish his goal. Readers cannot help feeling that some of the decisions to carry on, while they turned out positively, could just as easily have been disastrous. Nevertheless, this account gives an opportunity to experience vicariously a brief visit to far-off places, and an exciting adventure as well. A book that should find a general readership in most libraries.Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822529514
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.35 (w) x 10.29 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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