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Awards

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

At the Edge: Daring Acts in Desperate Times Canadian Title

By Larry Verstraete   

Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9780545997904 Paperback
160 Pages | 5.82" x 8.96" | Ages 9 to 12

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.