A prolific reporter of paranormal phenomena strains to bring that same sense of wonder to 12 "transposed"—that is, paraphrased from interviews but related in first person—accounts of extraordinary experiences. Some feats are more memorable than others; compared to Bethany Hamilton's return to competitive surfing after having her arm bitten off by a shark and Mark Inglis' climb to the top of Mount Everest on two prosthetic legs, Joe Hurley's nine-month walk from Cape Cod to Long Beach, Calif., is anticlimactic. Dean Karnazes hardly seems to be exerting himself as he runs 50 marathons on 50 consecutive days, and the comments of an Air Force Thunderbirds pilot and a military Surgeon's Assistant in Iraq come off as carefully bland. The survivors of a hurricane at sea, a lightning strike and a tornado, on the other hand, tell more compelling stories. Most of the color photos are at least marginally relevant, and each entry closes with a short note on its subject's subsequent activities. Casual browsers will be drawn to at least some of the reconstructed narratives in this uneven collection. A reading list would have been more useful than the superfluous index, though. Fun, in a scattershot sort of way.(Nonfiction browsing item. 10-12)
What It's Like to Climb Mount Everest, Blast Off into Space, Survive a Tornado, and Other Extraordinary Storiesby Jeff Belanger
What is it like to reach the top of the world's tallest mountain? To survive a shark attack? To fly with the US Air Force Thunderbirds? To find out, Jeff Belanger conducted interviews with twelve ordinary people who just happened to do extraordinary things-and then turned the interviews into adrenaline-packed, thrilling stories told in the first-person voices of the interviewees.
Includes WHAT IT'S LIKE…
To Be Attacked by a Shark * To Save People from a Burning Building *
To Walk Across America * To Experience Combat *
To Fly with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds * To Survive a Tornado *
To Be Struck by Lightning * To Sail Through a Hurricane at Sea *
To Blast Off into Space * To Walk to the North Pole *
To Run Your First Marathon…and Run Fifty Marathons in Fifty States in Fifty Consecutive Days * To Lose Both of Your Legs to Frostbite…and Climb Mount Everest
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- 7.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
- Age Range:
- 9 - 12 Years
Meet the Author
JEFF BELANGER has worked as a journalist and television host, and has authored a dozen books featuring interviews with people on a wide range of quirky topics. He's been a guest on more than 100 radio and television programs around the world. His other books for children include: Who's Haunting the White House? and The Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle. To learn more, visit his Web site at: www.jeffbelanger.com.
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My seven year old daughter says this was a GREAT book and she actually learned something from it. She talked about surviving a tornado and what they look like. Alot can be said for any author who can write an educational book that any child reads from cover to cover without putting down and Jeff Belanger has done it. For the curious child, the child who likes to be read to or the child who CAN read, this book is for them!