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Featuring real-life stories about extreme survival, this book includes stories of a man who sucked blood from a shark, and a woman who froze to death.

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ISBN 9780571316014
Barcode 9780571316014
Published 26 October 2016 by Faber and Faber
Format Hardback, Main
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Author(s) By Long, David
Illustrated by Hyndman, Kerry
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ISBN-13 9780571316014
ISBN-10 0571316018
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Faber and Faber
Imprint Faber & Faber
Publication Date 26 October 2016
International Publication Date 26 September 2017
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, Main
Edition Main
Author(s) By Long, David
Illustrated by Hyndman, Kerry
Category Award Winning
True Stories (Of Endurance and Survival)
Trivia & Curious Facts
Human Geography / Peoples Of The World
Children's and Educational
Number of Pages 192
Dimensions Width: 240mm
Height: 310mm
Spine: 18mm
Weight 1,107g
Interest Age 9-11 years
Reading Age 9-11 years
Library of Congress Adventure and adventurers, Wilderness survival, Survival, Jungle survival, Shipwreck survival
NBS Text Children's General Non-Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 613.690922
Catalogue Code 625803

Description of this Book

Be shocked and amazed by these amazing real-life stories about extreme survival. Including...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 Girl Who Fell From the Sky, a teenager who fell 2 miles from an aeroplane and trekked through the Amazon jungle to safety. The Woman Who Froze to Death, a woman who was trapped under freezing water for so long her heart stopped. Four hours later, medics managed to warm her blood enough to revive her. With favourites such as The Great Escape and Ernest Shackleton, these astonishing stories will be retold by young readers to all of their friends.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Short-listed for Blue Peter Book Award: Best Book with Facts 2016
NZ Review 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 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
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Writer and historian David Long is the author of the acclaimed Animals' VC: For Gallantry and Devotion and more than twenty other non-fiction books on a wide range of historical subjects. Jet the Rescue Dog, the first of several titles for younger readers, was published by Faber in 2014. He lives in Suffolk and has two teenage sons.Kerry Hyndman is a London based illustrator and map maker with a wide range of editorial, advertising and publishing clients. In her spare time she likes to snowboard, climb, hit things with rackets and cycle around.

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