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How Angel Peterson Got His Name: And Other Outrageous Tales about Extreme Sports

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Publisher Comments:

"Readers will be drawn to the term 'extreme sports' but the story is more accurately one generation's version of homemade fun in the days following the Korean War when 'radio was king' and the great outdoors served as the playground."

Review:

"Paulsen, who has written several volumes of memoirs, once again reaches back to his boyhood in northern Minnesota, this time to recount his and his pals' attempts to pull off stunts that live up to their billing as 'outrageous' and 'extreme,' even by today's standards. An expansive foreword (which includes vivid details of the then-12-year-old author's almost catastrophic endeavor to ride over a dam in a covered wooden pickle barrel) and a don't-try-this-at-home admonitory note precede five swaggering tales of his contemporaries' derring-do. In the title story, a newsreel report about a new world record for speed on skis inspires a 13-year-old to try to break it-by attaching himself to a car on the flatlands. Elsewhere, a boy rigs up a hang-glider of sorts from an army-surplus target kite and a piece of hockey stick, and lands in a pig pen; impressed by the daredevil shows at county fairs, the gang imitates the stuntmen's maneuvers on their Schwinn bikes, etc. Paulsen laces his tales with appealing '50s details and broad asides about the boys' personalities, ingenuity and idiocy. Despite (or maybe because of) a heavy residual tinge of the fish story, this collection will likely hook adults as much as young readers. Ages 10-up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Gary Paulsen is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people. His most recent books are The Glass Café and Brians Hunt.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780440229353
Other:
Paulsen, Gary
Publisher:
Dell Yearling
Author:
Paulsen, Gary
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Biography / Autobiography
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Literary
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - General
Subject:
Lifestyles - Country Life
Subject:
Sports & Recreation - Miscellaneous
Subject:
Humor - General
Subject:
Adventure & Adventurers
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Subject:
humor;memoir;boys;sports;extreme sports;adventure;ya;autobiography;biography;short stories;minnesota;stunts;non-fiction;angel;funny;fiction;authors;childhood
Publication Date:
20040831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
7.56x5.18x.38 in. .20 lbs.
Age Level:
10-14

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Product details 128 pages Dell Yearling - English 9780440229353 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Paulsen, who has written several volumes of memoirs, once again reaches back to his boyhood in northern Minnesota, this time to recount his and his pals' attempts to pull off stunts that live up to their billing as 'outrageous' and 'extreme,' even by today's standards. An expansive foreword (which includes vivid details of the then-12-year-old author's almost catastrophic endeavor to ride over a dam in a covered wooden pickle barrel) and a don't-try-this-at-home admonitory note precede five swaggering tales of his contemporaries' derring-do. In the title story, a newsreel report about a new world record for speed on skis inspires a 13-year-old to try to break it-by attaching himself to a car on the flatlands. Elsewhere, a boy rigs up a hang-glider of sorts from an army-surplus target kite and a piece of hockey stick, and lands in a pig pen; impressed by the daredevil shows at county fairs, the gang imitates the stuntmen's maneuvers on their Schwinn bikes, etc. Paulsen laces his tales with appealing '50s details and broad asides about the boys' personalities, ingenuity and idiocy. Despite (or maybe because of) a heavy residual tinge of the fish story, this collection will likely hook adults as much as young readers. Ages 10-up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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