Dangerous Crossingsby Carole Garbuny Vogel
Gripping true stories about killer storms, fire at sea, ship-crushing ice, and starved sailors turned cannibal, keep readers turning these pages filled with incredible marine disasters and the natural forces that contributed to them. Bloodthirsty pirates of long ago--men and women--come to life in Carole Vogel's narratives, along with harrowing accounts of modern-day piracy.
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Part of a six-part series, Dangerous Crossings tells harrowing tales of wrecks and rescues, sailors and storms, pirates and perils from the Arctic to the South Pacific. Vogel has stitched these stories together with science, history, and human drama guaranteeing the reader a can't-put-it-down experience. Enhanced with dramatic photos, Dangerous Crossings, like its series companions, lures young readers into science and reflections on the world around them. Vogel is a master storyteller with a gift for making science come alive. Bravo!
The hallmark Carole Vogel style which has won awards for her previous books, makes this new series a winner for young readers. I even love reading them as an adult. Vogel picks the kind of examples kids can relate to - for example, a catastrophic storm in pig farming country to talk about land sources of ocean pollution. She gets all the solid information in, the basic principles and clear explanations, in a way you remember long after because the of fun, vivid stories she tells. Another Vogel hallmark is punchy prose with a wide vocabulary - she is not dumbing down. This series is also beautiful enough to be a coffee table book, with full page color photos of amazing ocean scenes, from giant waves to weird creatures - it is just plain gorgeous. A great gift for any science oriented kid, or one who you'd like to get hooked.