Can You Survive in the Special Forces?: An Interactive Survival Adventureby Matt Doeden
Your survival depends on making the right choices in key moments. Which path to take? Readers use their wits and knowledge in these nonfiction adventures, learning about survival skills in various settings and making choices that will lead to either survival or doom. Talk about narrative nonfiction!
Meet the Author
Matt Doeden is a freelance author and editor from Minnesota. He’s written numerous children’s books on sports, music, current events, the military, extreme survival, and much more. His books Sandy Koufax (Twenty-First Century Books, 2006) and Tom Brady: Unlikely Champion (Twenty-First Century Books, 2011) were Junior Library Guild selections. Doeden began his career as a sports writer before turning to publishing. He lives in Minnesota with his wife and two children.
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If you want to raise a child desensitized to violence -- all in the name of "good versus evil" then this is the book for you! My son brought this book home from his school library, and I tried to be open minded... However, as I flipped through the pages, this is the first passage I landed on (page 25): <<...A terrorist is standing there, holding one of the hostages in front of him. He’s using the hostage as a shield. “You are too late,” the terrorist says in broken English. “We already killed one of your diplomats. Drop that weapon, or I’ll kill this one too.” You could take a shot, but it will be risky. You could hit the hostage. Or the terrorist could pull the trigger on his weapon before he falls.>> At this point the reader is given two choices: <> If you “take the shot,” your child will read this: <> If your child thinks you should “try to negotiate,” here is what follows: <<“Easy now,” you say. “We can talk this out. Why don’t you start by letting go of the hostage?” Before you realize what has happened, you hear a shot. You feel the strength in your legs suddenly leave you. You slump to the ground, noticing a strange feeling in your abdomen. You clutch your stomach and look down. Your hands are covered in blood, The terrorist shot you!>> It devolves from there into your realizing, as you lay dying on the ground, that you made a stupid mistake and that you hope the rest of your team and the remaining hostages will make it out alive. I was speechless. I couldn’t image a more INAPPROPRIATE book for an elementary school student, and I was stunned our school allowed it into our library. My scathing review is likely read as a ringing endorsement for some people. I realize there are all kinds of parents out there, who have varying ideas of what is best for their children to fill their minds with. I support our military and value each an every soldier’s service to our country -- I just think filling a young child’s mind with even a small taste of the violence that all too often sends grown men home with PTSD is just pure insanity. There is enough in our society today challenging the ability of a child to stay innocent -- much of it is out of a parent’s control. But if you can help it, let children be innocent until they grow up. You can teach children about “good versus evil” and instill strong moral values without exposing them to to the kind of violence and warped mindsets portrayed in this book.
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This book looks good but the sample is to short fome to know whats going on