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2012 Nominee
Voted 2 out of 20 (tied)

At The Edge

By Larry Verstraete. Published in 2009 by Scholastic

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.

Canadian Materials Review

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