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Extreme Battlefields

When War Meets the Forces of Nature

by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, illustrated by Drew Shannon

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ISBN:9781554517930
publisher: Annick Press
Description

The world’s strongest armies discover that Nature can be a secret ally or an unbeatable foe.

Not even the strongest troops can match the power of nature. In each of the ten stories in this volume, well-armed forces set off to battle human enemies but find themselves fighting the environment instead. Sometimes a leader carefully plans the perfect attack, only to find geography in the way. Other times the climate interferes unexpectedly. • In 119 BCE, General Wei Qing used a sand storm as cover and was able to attack the Xiongnu nomads by surprise. • Napoleon’s plan to quickly subdue the Russians was foiled by the savage “General Winter.” • A massive network of underground tunnels gave the Viet Cong guerillas an unbeatable advantage over the much stronger American forces. • The battle between India and Pakistan over borders has pitted both countries against the inhospitable Siachen Glacier. Nature’s obstacles have lead to crushing defeats, inspired accidental victories, and encouraged surprising innovation.

About the Authors

Tanya Lloyd Kyi

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Drew Shannon is an illustrator who lives in Toronto. Drew earned a bachelor of arts at Sheridan College and has worked with many different clients, including CBC, VICE Media, UNICEF, The Washington Post and NPR. He is the illustrator of Extreme Battlefields: When War Meets the Forces of Nature and Out of the Ice: How Climate Change is Revealing the Past.

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
10 to 14
Grade:
5 to 9
Reading age:
10 to 14
Awards
  • , Rocky Mountain Book Award nomination
  • Joint winner, Green Book Festival Award
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
Editorial Reviews

“Of great interest to those interested in war history.”

— School Library Journal, 05/16

“A welcome introduction to the fields of military meteorology and the environmental aspects of warfare.”

— CM Reviews, 10/07/16

“High interest and thorough, it will delight military-history buffs.”

— Booklist Online, 05/01/16

“Broad of both historical and geographical scope.”

— Kirkus Reviews, 02/17/16

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