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At the Edge

  • ISBN 9780545997904, Paperback
  • 160 Pages | 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.

Rights Sold

English (NZ) – Scholastic New Zealand, English (US)- Scholastic Inc.

Selling Points

• Stories of people facing desperate or disastrous situations are compelling for young readers. • Reader-friendly format, with 22 fast-paced stories, plus sidebars! • Photos add to the appeal and the sense of drama. • The stories make for great discussion starters at home and at school. • A perfect book for the often-hard-to-buy-for boy reader.


  • 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

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