At the Edge: Daring Acts in Desperate Times

At the Edge: Daring Acts in Desperate Times

by Larry Verstraete
     
 

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More than 20 true stories of people forced to make difficult, split-second decisions in life-threatening situations!

Danger, even death, may be imminent unless a key decision is made . . . and in desperate situations, that decision must be made in seconds! How do people decide on the best course of action? At the Edge recounts 22 stories of kids, men, and women who

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More than 20 true stories of people forced to make difficult, split-second decisions in life-threatening situations!

Danger, even death, may be imminent unless a key decision is made . . . and in desperate situations, that decision must be made in seconds! How do people decide on the best course of action? At the Edge recounts 22 stories of kids, men, and women who faced critical, life-threatening situations and made wrenching decisions during the Holocaust, the 2004 tsunami in Asia, Chernobyl, Hurricane Katrina, 9/11, Tiananmen Square and more.

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Children's Literature - Paula Rohrlick
These twenty-two true stories tell of people faced with life-or-death decisions. The range is broad, from a brave dispatcher during the 1917 Halifax, Nova Scotia harbor explosion who defied the evacuation order in order to warn off a train carrying hundreds of people, to Nazi resisters, the "Tank Man" of Beijing's Tiananmen Square, and the passengers on Flight 93 on September 11, 2001 who forced the plane to crash in a field. Some of the people described are famous, like hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina, who protected people from being massacred in Rwanda; others are relatively unknown, like the man who, armed with only a pocket knife, saved his friends from a polar bear attack. Chapters are loosely organized by theme: "At the Edge of Disaster," "At the Edge of Terror," "At the Edge of Injustice," and "At the Edge of the Impossible." Men, women and even children find themselves to be unexpected heroes, though some decisions are controversial: when a mountain climber cut the rope of his fallen friend, believing the friend was dead or dying and realizing his own life was at stake, the abandoned friend miraculously managed to drag himself back to base camp. The stories are gripping, with lots of appeal to reluctant readers, and could easily lead to great "what would you do?" discussions. Black and white photos and boxed brief articles enliven the text. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545273350
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2011
Series:
At The Edge
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
960L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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