Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 9 to 12
- Grade: 6
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Other titles by Laura Scandiffio
How Science Unearths Puzzles from the Past
Fight to Learn
The Struggle to Go to School
Escape From Tibet
A True Story
Outlaws, Spies, and Gangsters
Chasing Notorious Criminals
People Who Said No
Courage Against Oppression
Kids at the Crossroads
Kids at the Crossroads
The Frightening World of Tyrants
Other titles by Stephen MacEachern
Earth-Friendly Buildings, Bridges and More
The Eco-Journal of Corry Lapont
How Football Works
How Figure Skating Works
Just a Minute!
A Crazy Adventure in Time
Trucs et astuces pour faire marcher tes amis
18 Amazing Ways to Freak Out Your Friends
How Soccer Works
Lights, Camera, Action!
Making Movies and TV from the Inside Out
Switched On, Flushed Down, Tossed Out
Investigating the Hidden Workings of Your Home