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At the Edge: Daring Acts in Desperate Times Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-01-11 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 2 user ratings
ISBN:0545273358
LANGUAGE:English

" 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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"At the Edge: Daring Acts in Desperate Times: Daring Acts in Desperate Times
by Larry Verstraete
192 pages
Life and death situations, critical decisions and split-second choices--these are the stories in At the Edge: Daring Acts in Desperate Times.The disasters are the Halifax Explosion, Chernobyl, Hurricane Katrina and more. The terror situations range from a polar bear attack to civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Tank Man of Tiananmen Square, a Polish underground worker who saved hundreds of Jewish children and Paul Rusesabagina are among the fighters against injustice. Readers will be intrigued with every story-from the railway dispatcher who stopped just before the Halifax Explosion to send a warning message to stop an incoming train and the six-year-old who kept his brother and five other children together after Hurricane Katrina to the Everest climbers who turned back to rescue a fellow climber and the New Yorker who jumped onto the subway tracks to save a young man. Interspersed among the chapters are short, newsy items about other children and adults who have faced tough decisions.

I think that this book is ok. I didnt like this book so much. The book is strange. The stories are not so descriptive. I think the book should be more descriptive and longer. I would recommend this book to 10 and up because there are some tragic accidents and violence in this book.At the Edge: Daring Acts in Desperate Times: Daring Acts in Desperate TimesLarry Verstraete
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"This is one of the most exciting and thought-provoking books I’ve read this year. At The Edge: Daring Acts in Desperate Times is a compilation of true accounts of people caught in critical life-or-death situations, their courageous or heart-wrenching decisions, and how they faced them.

Once I read the first story, I was hooked. I continued reading story after amazing story of survival, heroism, and escape. To quote the author, “When we read about great deeds, about acts of courage, determination and compassion, a little of the story rubs off on us.” How true. Young readers will surely be inspired and motivated to think twice when making certain choices as they remember the stories of those who fought for justice, even at great cost, or those who worked together against impossible odds to help others.

I particularly like the way the stories are written. They are short, concise and with just the right element of suspense. Although some of the accounts tell of horrific situations, the stories do not shock with explicit descriptions. I learned new facts through this book because some of the stories were about historic events. This is the perfect book for the inquisitive reader who loves to read real-life stories of dangerous adventures, heroism, and survival.
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" 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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