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At the Edge

At the Edge

by Larry Verstraete

ISBN 9780545997904 Paperback
160 Pages | 5.82" x 8.96" | Ages 9 to 12
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Over twenty true-life stories about life-threatening situations and the wrenching choices made by the people facing them. In this compelling book, readers are presented with true accounts of desperate situations, and the split-second decisions that people were forced to make. Many of the stories focus on Canadian experiences, while the rest have emerged from around the world.

  • A young man in Nunavut fights off a polar bear to save his friend.
  • A Canadian peacekeeper in the Congo risks his own life to save those of stranded tourists.
  • Ordinary people show extraordinary character during the Halifax Explosion, the Holocaust, Hurricane Katrina, the Tiananmen Square protests and September 11, 2001.

  • An important book, whose contents will fascinate middle-grade readers, and provide a perfect springboard to discussion about making life-changing decisions.

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    • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Children's Choice), 2012
    • Winner, OLA Silver Birch Award, Non-Fiction, 2010
    • Short-listed, McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award - Older Category, 2010

    Rights Sold

    • English (NZ) - Scholastic New Zealand
    • English (US)- Scholastic Inc.

    Selling Points

    • Stories of people facing desperate or disastrous situations are compelling for young readers.
    • Reader-friendly format, with 22 fast-paced stories, plus sidebars!
    • Photos add to the appeal and the sense of drama.
    • The stories make for great discussion starters at home and at school.
    • A perfect book for the often-hard-to-buy-for boy reader.


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    Contact Information

    Maral Maclagan, Rights and Contracts Manager | 416-915-3524
    604 King Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 1E1

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