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Extreme Abilities

Amazing Human Feats and the Simple Science Behind Them

by Galadriel Watson, by (artist) Cornelia Li

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list price: $14.95
edition:Paperback
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published: Apr 2019
ISBN:9781773212494
publisher: Annick Press
Description

These people did what?!

Join author Galadriel Watson as she takes us on a journey of discovery—a tour of the human body’s amazing abilities, featuring masters of muscle, speed demons, brain bosses, and more! Extreme Abilities is a fun and fascinating survey of what humans are capable of, with examples from around the world and throughout history. Short sketches of famous individuals, such as Louis Cyr and Usain Bolt, mixed with stories about the amazing physical feats of others not-so-famous, draw readers in and bring these astounding abilities to life in vivid color. Each chapter also features a section on how young readers can work at improving their own skills (and a section on how not to get hurt in the process), plus bite-sized related fast facts and sidebars.

Easy-to-follow explanations of anatomy, physics, and other sciences are enhanced by Cornelia Li’s energetic and engaging artwork, and photos throughout further help to illustrate the awesome displays of the human body at work.

*A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

About the Authors

Galadriel Watson has a Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She has written over 20 books and magazine articles for kids on all subjects, from eels to earthquakes. She lives with her family and pets in Nakusp, British Columbia.

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Cornelia Li worked in storyboard and editorial illustration before diving into the world of children's illustration. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators in NY and LA, the Association of Illustrators, American Illustration, Communication Arts, the Ontario Library Association and more. Originally from China, she now lives and works in Toronto.

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
10 to 100
Grade:
5 to 17
Reading age:
10 to 100
Awards
  • Short-listed, Red Cedar Book Award
  • Joint winner, TD Summer Reading Club, Top 10
  • , Yellow Cedar Award
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
Editorial Reviews

“A fascinating journey of discovery.”

— Canadian Children’s Book News, 01/20

“Brief and entertaining.”

— Kirkus Reviews, 01/15/19

“The research is admirable, the text is entertaining and informative and, at times, almost unbelievable.” 

— Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 07/21/19

“Will appeal to sports enthusiasts and others who enjoy competition.”

— Resource Links, 12/19

“A great read for young readers who pore over Guiness World Record books and want more background on the records and feats found there . . . A popular choice for libraries.” 

— School Library Journal, 03/19

“Part record book, part science, part trivia, part challenge in a smart, kid-friendly format . . . Author Galadriel Watson packs a ton of interesting information for young readers to devour, while illustrations by Cornelia Li make the chapters inviting.” 

— NewsBank-Texas News Sources, 11/04/19

“A jaw-droppingly well-researched, informative, and entertaining look at what makes us uniquely human.” 

— CM Reviews, 03/01/19

“Entertaining and informative”

— School Library Connection, 05/19

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