High Interest Middle School (Grades 5–8)
Jon Scieszka nails it, so I’ll let him introduce this great book of true stories of proven authors.
“Have you ever imagined what it would be like to grow up in Vietnam during a war, to hunt for tarantulas in the Amazon, to almost die canoeing down a wild Alaskan river?
Ever wondered if you could draw comics, if you could learn science from reading poetry, if you could fix an aching tooth by pounding it into the roof of your mouth, to be left for dead in the Wild West and survive by cleaning out your wounds from a she-bear’s claws by lying on a bed of maggots? Well,” Scieszka writes, “Imagine, wonder, and guess no more.”
This wide variety of stories, ten in all, is compelling and will take you on adventures you would rather other people experienced, thanks all the same. At the back of the book, a helpful addition of short contributor biographies point readers to other books by the editor, authors, and illustrator.