Survivors: Extraordinary Tales from the Wild and Beyond

David Long, illus. by Kerry Hyndman. Faber & Faber (PGW, dist.), $19.95 (192p) ISBN 978-0-571-31601-4
Throughout history, men, women, and children have battled the elements and lived to share their stories. Among the nearly two dozen subjects Long includes in this collection are 17-year-old Juliane Koepcke, who survived a plane crash in the Peruvian rainforest; Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton; and Aron Ralston, a hiker forced to amputate his own arm, an incident that inspired the 2010 film 127 Hours. Hyndman’s grainy artwork depicts the survivors at the peak moments of danger—19th-century trapper Hugh Glass lunges at an attacking grizzly bear with his knife, surgeon Leonid Rogozov peers down at his abdomen, giving himself a necessary appendectomy at a polar research station. While offering excitement and peril, Long’s riveting narratives also provide insight into how these individuals used their skills, knowledge, and fortitude to survive. Ages 9–11. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 10/09/2017
Release date: 10/01/2017
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 192 pages - 978-0-571-33966-2
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