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Children's Nonfiction Adventure & Adventurers

Escapes!

by (author) Laura Scandiffio

illustrated by Stephen MacEachern

Publisher
Annick Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2003
Category
Adventure & Adventurers, General
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781550378245
    Publish Date
    Sep 2003
    List Price
    $18.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781550378238
    Publish Date
    Sep 2003
    List Price
    $18.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781550378221
    Publish Date
    Sep 2003
    List Price
    $9.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781554514618
    Publish Date
    Sep 2003
    List Price
    $8.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 6

Description

Ten nail-biting stories of real-life escapes.

In 1979, the streets of Iran's capital city, Tehran, turned ugly. Six Americans caught in the uprising found protection at the Canadian embassy. Through the feverish efforts of the embassy staff, the fugitives were disguised as Canadians -- complete with fictitious passports -- and were able to escape the country.

History is full of such daring escapes, often creative, always heart-pounding. Escapes! recounts ten of these nail-biting tales. Discover Lady Nithsdale's ruse to free her husband from the impenetrable Tower of London in 1716. Fall into Douglas Bader's harrowing escape from a plummeting Spitfire in World War II. Hold your breath as two families drift over the Berlin Wall in a homemade hot-air balloon!

From getaway gladiators to runaway slaves, from the endless Sahara to the impassable Bastille, each exciting story will have young readers eager to escape into the next!

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About the authors

Laura Scandiffio has worked as an editor for both children's and adult trade books. As an author, her previous book, The Martial Arts Book, showcased her love of history, her meticulous research, and her knack for storytelling.

Laura Scandiffio's profile page

Stephen MacEachern attended Sheridan Institute for animation and illustration and has taught in the illustration program there. He is a Web and print designer as well as an illustrator. He has illustrated more than ten children's books. He lives in Erin, Ontario.

Stephen MacEachern's profile page

Editorial Reviews

This is an amazing book... What is interesting about these stories is the amazing range of human creativity these individuals showed in beating the odds... sure to enthrall school age readers, as well as adults.

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In her introduction to this excellent book of short stories about true escapes, Laura Scandiffio emphasizes that, although escapees are often creative and courageous, it is ultimately their sense of hope for freedom that drives them to risk everything to escape. These ten mesmerizing, true stories are definitely those of determined, hopeful people who refused to accept imprisonment, either of body or soul. Sometimes luck was with them, but their escapes often rested on careful, methodical planning, disguises, and persistence.... [These are] compelling, suspenseful stories that will have all middle school students begging for more. Recommended.

Canadian Materials

Plot-driven stores center on human ingenuity and resourcefulness in the face of danger. They could serve as enticement for reluctant readers or read-alouds.

School Library Journal

An interesting, diverse account of some of history's more famous escapes... will appeal... to those inspired by uncommon bravery in the face of danger.

VOYA

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