A man is driving through the Australian outback. His car breaks down, miles away from any help. He is surrounded by nothing but dry earth and bare trees, which offer very little shade. He knows he won’t make it if he tries to walk to a town. This is the beginning of Ricky Megee’s 71-day ordeal in the Australian wilderness. Iron Will: Surviving the Desert relates the experiences of five people alone in deserts around the world, and how they made it out alive. If the poisonous snakes and lizards don’t pose a major threat, the lack of water and high temperatures will. It takes a special will to survive to make it through such harsh a environment.
A woman is getting her gear ready for a day of skiing. It’s a beautiful day at the lodge and she is near the lockers setting up her ski boots. She hears a distant rumble, and the lodge is overtaken by an avalanche. This is the start of Anna Allen’s five-day ordeal of being trapped under snow and debris. Iron Will: Surviving the Mountain retells 5 stories of adventure and survival on cold, dangerous mountains around the world. Some people lost limbs, and others lost fingers and toes to the cold. Even the most prepared can become the mountain’s victim. But somehow, with grit and determination, these survivors didn’t lose their lives.
A group of friends plan a trip to explore the Amazon rainforest. They have a map and some supplies, but the jungle is thick with trees. There are very few paths. The friends realize that they are lost and no one knows where to look for them. That is the beginning of Loic Pillois and Guilhem Nayral’s dangerous adventure. Iron Will: Surviving the Jungle tells five shocking stories of being lost in the rainforest. The survivors faced deadly animals, like jaguars and poisonous spiders, and encountered dangerous terrain, with heavy rains, flooding, and waterfalls. But readers will learn how they each made it out alive, with little more than an iron will.
A crunching sound awakens a husband and wife sailing to Hawaii. Water starts to rush into their boat. They watch from the life raft as it sinks in only 15 minutes. That is the beginning of William and Simonne Butler’s 66-day trial of survival on the ocean. Iron Will: Surviving the Sea tells the story of five shipwrecks, and what it took for the survivors to endure until they were rescued. From surviving in an air pocket in a sunken ship at the bottom of the ocean, to the longest solo survival at sea, readers will learn how these individuals persevered against all odds.
Ethan helps rescue a friend from the rapids.
Michael went into a cave to get some moss and stalactite drippings for his jungle journal . . . and that was just the beginning!
Could you survive a storm at sea? Abby Sunderland: Lost at Sea in the True Survival series explores Sunderland's shocking survival story. The book is written with a high interest level and lower level of complexity to serve more mature students reading at lower levels. Clear visuals, colorful photographs (including images of the survivors!), and considerate text help with comprehension and wild facts hold the readers' interest from the first page to the last. This book includes a table of contents, glossary, index, author biography, and sidebars.
Could you survive inside a volcano's crater? Michael Benson: Trapped in a Volcano in the True Survival series explores Benson's shocking survival story. The book is written with a high interest level and lower level of complexity to serve more mature students reading at lower levels. Clear visuals, colorful photographs (including images of the survivors!), and considerate text help with comprehension and wild facts hold the readers' interest from the first page to the last. This book includes a table of contents, glossary, index, author biography, and sidebars.
Could you survive being lost in the Pacific ocean for 38 days? The Robertson Family: Attacked by Orcas in the True Survival series explores the Robertsons' shocking survival story. The book is written with a high interest level and lower level of complexity to serve more mature students reading at lower levels. Clear visuals, colorful photographs (including images of the survivors!), and considerate text help with comprehension and wild facts hold the reader's interest from the first page to the last. This book includes a table of contents, glossary, index, author biography, and sidebars.
When Adam Murphy learns that his late, revered grandfather, David McLean, hid a huge stash of foreign cash and fake passports in the family’s cottage, he is stunned. Was Grandpa really a traitor, as some of the evidence suggests? And why was a loaded Walther PPK pistol hidden at the cottage? Determined to prove his grandfather’s innocence, Adam takes the famous James Bond gun and follows the clues to Bermuda, where he encounters danger, evidence of espionage, and an unusual girl named Angel Dahl. Desperate and on the run with Angel, pursued by a deadly operative, Adam races to other exotic locations, unsure if Angel is friend or foe, or if his grandfather was a hero or a villain. Three clues hold the dark secret of David McLean’s past—the letter W, a glass eye with a golden iris, and the haunting words of someone named Mr. Know. Double You is the sequel to both Separated, part of The Seven Prequels and Last Message, part of Seven (The Series).
The eighth graders at Walden Lange Middle School are super excited. They are going to outdoor education camp. Five days in the mountains with their friends. No siblings. No parents. No homework. Sure, it's school. But the kids will be studying nature. Marlon and his friends can't wait. On the way to camp, Marlon streams the news on his phone. He learns that there has been a prison break in a nearby town. But who cares? Arrow Pines is large. The chance of anything happening in the middle of nowhere is remote. Once they arrive at camp, everyone stows their gear and preps for a hike. But Marlon is a slowpoke. He and Steve miss the hike. While searching for their group, they come across an old cabin. It's a wreck. And who are those two bearded and dirty men hiding out inside? Oh no! The escaped prisoners! Walden Lane is a quintessential small city. And these chapter books describe a typical American family, with busy schedules and the usual problems. The series explores suburban life in a fun way, with topics appropriate for younger readers. These gentle reads are innocent, hopeful, and sometimes funny, with no unsettling surprises or storylines. Each book is 5,000 words (approx.) and 10 chapters.
Ten boldly illustrated stories tell classic tales from different cultures of battles between heroes and powerful opponents. Tales include: Theseus versus the Minotaur, and Perseus versus Medusa, from Greek mythology; Beowulf versus monsters and dragons from Anglo-Saxon mythology; and the Mayan twins versus the lords of the Underworld. Other well-known stories feature Sinbad the Sailor from Arabic literature, and the Swiss hero William Tell. Feature boxes add additional details to help readers better understand concepts in the story as well as the time period in which the story was written.
Get the facts about extreme sports--bungee jumping, paragliding, dirt bike racing, and more--before reading The Climb, an exciting story about having to participate in extreme sports to survive.
When Kanunu is captured and taken aboard a pirate ship, he finds adventures on new shores.
Buzz and his friend Miranda are thrilled to meet the stars of their favorite television program "Star Searchers," but soon learn that their heroes are just ordinary people as they join forces with the actors to battle aliens from the planet Xycon.
When Grady's family moves to a deserted island in the Florida Keys, the family finds more activity than expected as a hurricane comes their way.
During World War II, William thinks he sees a German submarine off the coast and when he spots two men speaking German burying crates in the sand, he realizes they may be saboteurs. This is a fictional story based on true events that occurred during World War II.
Two groups of Englishmen are shipwrecked and begin a difficult journey to St. Augustine.
While on a field trip to study native plants, Kenneth and Aleesa are transported to Hawaii in the 1890s, where they see first-hand the final days of the reign of Queen Liliuokalani and learn about native rights.
David travels back in time to 1906 San Francisco to try to save the lives of Antonio Giovanni and his family who were victims of the devastating earthquake.
David and his family travel back in time to California in 1849 to experience the ups and downs of prospecting for gold.
David and his family travel back in time to San Antonio, Texas in 1836 and meet brave defenders of the Alamo such as Davy Crockett.
The Smithers family find Grandpa's old time machine and decide to travel back to 1880 for their summer vacation. David and Jenny learn a lot about their heritage and history on their incredible trip.
David and his family use his grandfather's time travel machine to go back in time to the Chicago where David is teaching four boys to speak English as he experiences the Chicago World's Fair. .
David and his family use his grandfather's time travel machine to travel to 1853 Ohio, where they assist runaway slaves on their journey north on the Underground Railroad.