Survival: True Stories

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Survival: True Stories

Mystery and Mayhem

Readers nine years of age and older will enjoy this selection of short survival stories about individuals who encountered various obstacles, both natural and manmade, that made their explorations and real life adventures exciting and exceedingly dangerous.

The featured individuals include Captain Ernest Shackleton, HMS Bounty Captain William Bligh, William Lewis Manly, whose exploits in Death Valley are discussed, George Donner and his ill-fated journey to California and Charlotte Picard’s equally tragic voyage and shipwreck aboard the “Medusa”, a French ship that went down off Africa.

Each selection contains a map with important locations highlighted and, at the conclusion of the section, a page entitled “What else is going on in …”. Here the author takes the year the featured event occurred and lists a few other important things that happened. For example, in 1914, the year Captain Shackleton and his crew were trapped in Antarctica, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated, which led to the start of World War I, and construction was started on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Large print and a highly readable narrative make this a book that will appeal to even reluctant readers who may not usually gravitate to stories like these. A second book in the series, “Pirates and Shipwrecks” is also available if the youngster enjoys “Survival” so much he or she wishes to try another volume of true adventure stories.


Book Blurb for Survival: True Stories

Tales of survival are as old as humanity! In Survival: True Stories, readers discover accounts of survival that required innovation, a thirst for adventure, and even a bit of brutality. Whether it’s Shackleton on the frozen landscape of Antarctica or William Bligh and his loyal followers adrift in the Pacific after mutiny on the Bounty, survival is a fascinating topic for readers ages 9 to 12!

Survival is the second book in the Murder & Mayhem series, which features true tales that whet kids’ appetites for history by engaging them in genres with proven track records?mystery and adventure. History is made of near misses, unexplained disappearances, unsolved mysteries, and bizarre events that are almost too weird to be true?almost! The Mystery & Mayhem series delves into the past to provide kids with a jumping-off point into a lifelong habit of appreciating history.

Each of the true tales told in Survival are paired with interesting facts about the setting, the industry, and the time period. A glossary and index provide the opportunity to practice using essential academic tools. These nonfiction narratives use clear, concise language with compelling plots that both avid and reluctant readers will be drawn to.

Age Range: 9 - 12 years / Grade Level: 3 and up


Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2016 4.00