Tuesday, November 24, 2009
At The Edge: Daring Acts in Desperate Times by Larry Verstraete
Scholastic Canada Ltd
Trade paperback, 176 pages
Ages 9 to 12
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.
Disclosure: Thanks to Nikole from Scholastic Canada for sending this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.