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Hardback 192 Pages / Published: 20/10/2016
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She began to feel anxious as the Electra dipped suddenly and entered a massive, rain-dark cloud…

So begins the story of the seventeen-year-old girl who fell from the sky, high above the jungles of Peru on a stormy morning on Christmas Eve and, somehow, survived to tell the tale.

Do you have what it takes to be a survivor?

The truth, they say, is stranger than fiction and these incredible real-life stories of extreme survival defy belief.

Amongst the incredible tales of daring, courage, cunning and resilience are: The Man Who Sucked Blood from a Shark - a sailor who survived for 133 days on a raft in the Atlantic when his ship was torpedoed, using shark's blood in place of fresh water, The Woman Who Froze to Death, Yet Lived - a woman who was trapped under freezing water for so long her heart stopped only to be revived four hours later by paramedics.

Combining classic tales such as Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic voyage, as well as more modern exploits such as the adventurer who inspired the movie 127 Hours, these astonishing stories will be retold by young readers to all of their friends.

Beautifully presented in a large, hardback format, and fully illustrated in colour throughout, this wonderful anthology is a nail-biting, death-defying treat for all the family.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571316014
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 1107 g
Dimensions: 310 x 240 x 18 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Gr 5 Up - Long compiles 23 harrowing true stories of men and women who survived everything from a plane crash to quicksand. The short vignettes span the 19th and 21st centuries, and some narratives are better known than others. Some tales convey hope, such as Anna Bagenholm's account of surviving hypothermia after falling into freezing water - an experience that led to discoveries about the human body and extreme cold. Themes of perseverance, inspiration, and interconnectedness ground the selections in reality and remind readers that those who survived often did so because others came to their aid. Some stories contain graphic scenes and death. Color illustrations accompany each selection and deftly capture the action. Hyndman portrays the individuals with few distinguishing features, allowing readers to imagine themselves in the survivors' tales. The absence of a table of contents and back matter makes this title better suited for pleasure reading than reports. VERDICT Thrilling accounts of peril that are sure to draw in casual readers."
-- School Library Journal
Quick! What do Juliane Koepcke, Poon Lim, and Mauro Prosperi have in common? Give up? Like the other 20 people profiled here, they are survivors of extraordinarily dangerous experiences. Koepcke survived a fall of more than two miles from a disintegrating airplane; Lim survived for 133 days on a raft in the Pacific Ocean; and Prosperi survived being lost in the Sahara Desert. Many of the survivors featured in Long's book are not well-known, but a few are: explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton; Aron Ralston, who famously cut off his own arm to release himself from a fallen boulder; and nineteenth-century trapper Hugh Glass, whose ordeal became the basis for the book and movie The Revenant. Each of the 23 accounts seems more jaw-dropping than the one before, and all are testaments to the human spirit. The handsome, oversize volume is enhanced by Hyndman's single- and double-page illustrations. While appealing to all readers, this will have special interest for reluctant ones." - Michael Cart, Booklist
"Throughout history, men, women, and children have battled the elements and lived to share their stories. Among the nearly two dozen subjects Long includes in this collection are 17-year-old Juliane Koepcke, who survived a plane crash in the Peruvian rainforest; Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton; and Aron Ralston, a hiker forced to amputate his own arm, an incident that inspired the 2010 film 127 Hours. Hyndman's grainy artwork depicts the survivors at the peak moments of danger--19th-century trapper Hugh Glass lunges at an attacking grizzly bear with his knife, surgeon Leonid Rogozov peers down at his abdomen, giving himself a necessary appendectomy at a polar research station. While offering excitement and peril, Long's riveting narratives also provide insight into how these individuals used their skills, knowledge, and fortitude to survive. Ages 9-11." -- Publishers Weekly

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“Xmas present for grandson - read and enjoyed by family too!”

Was concerned the book was not 'cool' enough for15 year old grandson, but he enjoyed it, as well as other members of the family, young and old alike! Easy reading, only small criticism was the illustrations... More

Hardback edition
25th January 2017
Helpful? Upvote 58

“Excellent read!”

Exciting stories and beautiful illustrations. A perfect read for young people who love adventure or just enjoy a great story.

Hardback edition
20th January 2017
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