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At the Edge: Daring Acts in Desperate Times Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-10-02 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 2 user ratings
ISBN:0545273358
LANGUAGE:English

" Short stories of people who are in life or death situations. Some survive and some perish. If your life were on the line what would you do? " said.

" All children are fascinated by breathtaking stories of wrestle and challenge that bring forth heroic choices.As parents, we too are fascinated- and this is book is an excellent example with over twenty stories that can kindle inspiration and a meaningful conversation between children and parents on the values, deeds and choices people made in the most difficult of situations.I enjoyed this book very much and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes inspirational reads. " said.

" This book has many short stories so I will write about one of them:In one of the short stories, Joe Simpson and Simon Yates were climbing an icy mountain that was 20800 feet. Below them was a void. If they fell, they would die. Simon was on top of Joe. Suddenly after climbing for a while, Simon's hand grew very numb. He couldn't hold on forever. Simon only had one choice to let go off JOe or both of them would fall down. Joe was also injured. But the fall Joe mad was only 60 feet. " said.

"I'm an Elementary school Media Specialist and this is the perfect book for read-alouds. The best part is that it is non-fiction and kids can really empathize with the people in the stories. I read the Flight 93 story to my 5th graders and to my great surprise, they clapped when it was finished (it was that good). These stories are deeply inspiring and help students to develop an understanding of heroism and integrity in addition to practicing critical thinking skills. My students and I can't wait to read Verstraete's other books, Survivors!: True Death Defying Escapes and Lost Treasures: True Stories of Discovery" said.

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A collection of true stories of people facing life or death decisions.

It was well written with an interesting selection of stories including ones involving disasters, injustice, terror and instances of impossible survival made possible. Many of the stories led me to do extra research just so I could learn more details.

Two East German families secretly build a hot air balloon so that they can escape to the West. A woman caught in the tsunami must let go of one of her children in swirling waters in order to give them all the best chance at survival, the Halifax explosion, an Everest climb and rescue, a kidnapping, a polar bear attack. All the stories are varied enough that there is sure to be something to interest everyone. The last story in the book is Terry Fox.

This is the kind of book that makes me like people again.
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"4 stars for this great collection of non-fiction essays about real life heroes, some who saved their own lives and some who saved others. This was a concise, well written and well rounded collection of essays. The true stories spanned from the 1800's through current times (to about 2001) and were very, very interesting. As a fairly well informed adult, there were quite a few in there whom I had never heard of, including a Soviet Army officer whose cool head and smart thinking apparently saved the world from a nuclear WW3. (I didn't feel so bad when Chaz hadn't heard of him either!)

I think this book would probably appeal to and be most appropriate for about grades 5 - 12. That's a pretty wide range, but I think it has broad appeal and is entertaining enough that it might even appeal to some who are reluctant to read.

Kudos to the author for such an entertaining and informative non-fiction selection in the MG/YA genre!
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" Short stories of people who are in life or death situations. Some survive and some perish. If your life were on the line what would you do? " said.

" All children are fascinated by breathtaking stories of wrestle and challenge that bring forth heroic choices.As parents, we too are fascinated- and this is book is an excellent example with over twenty stories that can kindle inspiration and a meaningful conversation between children and parents on the values, deeds and choices people made in the most difficult of situations.I enjoyed this book very much and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes inspirational reads. " said.

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