Neil Armstrong was America's rocket man, the first person to set foot on the moon and turn science fiction into amazing reality. Award-winning authors Tara Dixon-Engel and Mike Jackson tell the fascinating story of how Armstrong went where no one had gone before, leaving his mark on the powdery surface of another world. Even at an age when other boys were just learning to drive, Neil was training to reach the skies. He went on to study aeronautical engineering, win medals as a fighter pilot, try out the X-15 experimental rocket pla... read more
How did Jon Scieszka get so funny, anyway? Growing up as one of six brothers was a good start, but that was just the beginning. Throw in Catholic school, lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake with time to kill, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, jokes told at family dinner, and the result is "Knucklehead," Part memoir, part scrapbook, this hilarious trip down memory lane provides a unique glimpse into the formation of a creative mind and a free spirit.
Making legends and leaving people awestruck: that's what Babe Ruth was all about. More than 70 years after he swung his bat for the final time, 'the Sultan of Swat' remains baseball's greatest player. Readers will find out about: his troubled childhood - including a period in reform school; how he got his legendary nickname; how he always tried to be an inspiration to children; his record-breaking plays; and the curse of the Babe that haunted the Boston Red Sox for so many years.
As a kid in Wainuiomata he spent the weekends in the hills going after pigs and possums. Now he's hunted Caribou in the Arctic circle, grizzlies in Alaska and buffalo in Tanzania. But there's more to Davey Hughes aka Swazi Man than a remarkable hunting life and a taste for adventure. He and his wife Maggie have built a outdoor clothing empire on their proudly made-in-New Zealand Swazi brand, he funds a Siberian tiger conservation campaign and he's a passionate advocate for kids getting into our back country and having the roughin-... read more
This is a new addition to the popular "True Stories" series. It contains thrilling stories of heroism, bravery and battling the odds to provide young readers with a truly compelling read. It also contains maps, line drawings and notes on sources and further reading. It is perfect for fact-fans and reluctant readers, a must-have series during the 2008 Year of Reading.