Escapes!

Escapes!

by Laura Scandiffio, Stephen MacEachern
     
 

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Ten nail-biting stories of real-life escapes.

In 1979, the streets of Iran's capital city, Tehran, turned ugly. Six Americans caught in the uprising found protection at the Canadian embassy. Through the feverish efforts of the embassy staff, the fugitives were disguised as Canadians -- complete with fictitious passports -- and were able to escape the

Overview

Ten nail-biting stories of real-life escapes.

In 1979, the streets of Iran's capital city, Tehran, turned ugly. Six Americans caught in the uprising found protection at the Canadian embassy. Through the feverish efforts of the embassy staff, the fugitives were disguised as Canadians -- complete with fictitious passports -- and were able to escape the country.

History is full of such daring escapes, often creative, always heart-pounding. Escapes! recounts ten of these nail-biting tales. Discover Lady Nithsdale's ruse to free her husband from the impenetrable Tower of London in 1716. Fall into Douglas Bader's harrowing escape from a plummeting Spitfire in World War II. Hold your breath as two families drift over the Berlin Wall in a homemade hot-air balloon!

From getaway gladiators to runaway slaves, from the endless Sahara to the impassable Bastille, each exciting story will have young readers eager to escape into the next!

Key Features:

  • Fascinating true stories of ingenuity, drama, suspense, and heroics
  • Stories from throughout history, from ancient Rome to the modern day
  • Black & white line drawings with each story

Editorial Reviews

Resource Links - Connie Forst
This is an amazing book... What is interesting about these stories is the amazing range of human creativity these individuals showed in beating the odds... sure to enthrall school age readers, as well as adults.
Canadian Materials - Joan Marshall
In her introduction to this excellent book of short stories about true escapes, Laura Scandiffio emphasizes that, although escapees are often creative and courageous, it is ultimately their sense of hope for freedom that drives them to risk everything to escape. These ten mesmerizing, true stories are definitely those of determined, hopeful people who refused to accept imprisonment, either of body or soul. Sometimes luck was with them, but their escapes often rested on careful, methodical planning, disguises, and persistence.... [These are] compelling, suspenseful stories that will have all middle school students begging for more. Recommended.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-These 10 stories feature people throughout history who were enslaved, oppressed, or fleeing enemy armies. The time periods range from 73 B.C.E. when Spartacus led a legion of slaves into the mountains to escape sure death as gladiators to 1979 when American Embassy diplomats went into hiding to escape the wrath of Ayatollah Khomeini revolutionaries. In 1941, Douglas Bader, who lost both legs in an airplane crash, went on to be a squadron leader for the RAF and was shot down by Hitler's Luftwaffe. As the airplane plummeted to earth he freed himself from his metal leg and parachuted into enemy territory and later got away from his captors by knotting hospital bedsheets together. These plot-driven stories center on human ingenuity and resourcefulness in the face of danger. They could serve as an enticement for reluctant readers or as read-alouds.-Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550378221
Publisher:
Annick Press, Limited
Publication date:
09/06/2003
Series:
True Stories from the Edge Series
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Laura Scandiffio has worked as an editor for both children's and adult trade books. As an author, her previous book, The Martial Arts Book, showcased her love of history, her meticulous research, and her knack for storytelling.

Stephen MacEachern's illustrations also appear in Tunnels!, the first book in the True Stories from the Edge series, and 38 Ways to Entertain Your Babysitter.

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