Great Escapes: Real Tales of Harrowing Getaways

Great Escapes: Real Tales of Harrowing Getaways

Sometimes, an intolerable situation calls for a drastic measure—fleeing for freedom. Whether you’re a slave seeking freedom to the North or a convict swimming for your life in a shark-infested canal, the urge to be free drives your every move. In Great Escapes: Real Tales of Harrowing Getaways, readers ages 9 to 12 meet five ingenious fugitives and freedom seekers who all shared one common goal: escape.

  • The setting, dialogue, plot, and character in these narrative nonfiction tales are drawn from historical documents and presented in a compelling way to appeal to both avid and reluctant readers.
  • The book introduces the themes of slavery, the Holocaust, communism, and the Cold War to 9 to 12 year olds.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $9.95
  • Hardcover, $19.95
  • eBook, $7.99

Grade Level 4–6

Ages 9–12

Subjects

  • World History
  • Reading & Writing

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Sometimes, an intolerable situation calls for a drastic measure—fleeing for freedom. Whether you’re a slave seeking freedom to the North or a convict swimming for your life in a shark-infested canal, the urge to be free drives your every move. In Great Escapes: Real Tales of Harrowing Getaways, readers ages 9 to 12 meet five ingenious fugitives and freedom seekers who all shared one common goal: escape.

  • The setting, dialogue, plot, and character in these narrative nonfiction tales are drawn from historical documents and presented in a compelling way to appeal to both avid and reluctant readers.
  • The book introduces the themes of slavery, the Holocaust, communism, and the Cold War to 9 to 12 year olds.

Praise for other titles in the series:

Pirates and Shipwrecks: Real Tales of Terror on the High Seas
Survival: Real Tales of Endurance in the Face of Disaster
Kirkus Reviews
“Employing a casual, conversational tone that reads easily, McCarthy spins five yarns of bloodthirsty pirates and harrowing shipwrecks. McCarthy shows a good sense for the interesting and gory detail, offering up plenty of blood-soaked action while keeping it appropriate for a young readership. Included after each vignette are other notable facts of the time period, and at the end of the offering is a glossary and resources. Releasing simultaneously is Survival, a volume that follows the same format and offers accounts of events such as the Donner Party disaster. Recommend this to fans of the I Survived… series who might be seeking a bit more fact and a little less fiction. A breezy offering just right for fans of survival tales.”

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Judy Dodge Cummings

Judy Dodge Cummings has taught American history for 25 years. She has a BA in Broadfield Social Studies and a MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Teens. She is the author of numerous articles as well as The Civil War; Pope John Paul: Religious Leader and Humanitarian; and Exploring Polar Regions. Judy lives in Reedsburg, Wisconsin.

 



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Grade Level: 4–6
Ages: 9–12
Subjects: World History, Reading & Writing,
Specs: 5.75 x 9 , black and white interior , 128 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Maps, Glossary,

Reviews

Praise for other titles in the series:

Pirates and Shipwrecks: Real Tales of Terror on the High Seas
Survival: Real Tales of Endurance in the Face of Disaster
Kirkus Reviews
“Employing a casual, conversational tone that reads easily, McCarthy spins five yarns of bloodthirsty pirates and harrowing shipwrecks. McCarthy shows a good sense for the interesting and gory detail, offering up plenty of blood-soaked action while keeping it appropriate for a young readership. Included after each vignette are other notable facts of the time period, and at the end of the offering is a glossary and resources. Releasing simultaneously is Survival, a volume that follows the same format and offers accounts of events such as the Donner Party disaster. Recommend this to fans of the I Survived… series who might be seeking a bit more fact and a little less fiction. A breezy offering just right for fans of survival tales.”


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Judy Dodge Cummings

Judy Dodge Cummings has taught American history for 25 years. She has a BA in Broadfield Social Studies and a MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Teens. She is the author of numerous articles as well as The Civil War; Pope John Paul: Religious Leader and Humanitarian; and Exploring Polar Regions. Judy lives in Reedsburg, Wisconsin.