These people did what?!
Join author Galadriel Watson as she takes us on a journey of discovery—a tour of the human body’s amazing abilities, featuring masters of muscle, speed demons, brain bosses, and more! Extreme Abilities is a fun and fascinating survey of what humans are capable of, with examples from around the world and throughout history. Short sketches of famous individuals, such as Louis Cyr and Usain Bolt, mixed with stories about the amazing physical feats of others not-so-famous, draw readers in and bring these astounding abilities to life in vivid color. Each chapter also features a section on how young readers can work at improving their own skills (and a section on how not to get hurt in the process), plus bite-sized related fast facts and sidebars.
Easy-to-follow explanations of anatomy, physics, and other sciences are enhanced by Cornelia Li’s energetic and engaging artwork, and photos throughout further help to illustrate the awesome displays of the human body at work.
*A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
Galadriel Watson has a Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She has written over 20 books and magazine articles for kids on all subjects, from eels to earthquakes. She lives with her family and pets in a small town in British Columbia, Canada.
CORNELIA LI is a Chinese-born illustrator based in Toronto. She is intrigued by narrative weaved into daily interactions between people and their surroundings and sets out to capture this relationship by externalizing ideas and emotions into visual elements.
“Brief and entertaining.”- Kirkus Reviews, 01/15/19
“A jaw-droppingly well-researched, informative, and entertaining look at what makes us uniquely human.”- CM Reviews, 03/01/19
“Entertaining and informative”- School Library Connection, 05/19
“A great read for young readers who pore over Guiness World Record books and want more background on the records and feats found there . . . A popular choice for libraries.”- School Library Journal, 03/19
“The research is admirable, the text is entertaining and informative and, at times, almost unbelievable.”- Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 07/21/19
“Part record book, part science, part trivia, part challenge in a smart, kid-friendly format . . . Author Galadriel Watson packs a ton of interesting information for young readers to devour, while illustrations by Cornelia Li make the chapters inviting.”- NewsBank-Texas News Sources, 11/04/19
“Will appeal to sports enthusiasts and others who enjoy competition.”- Resource Links, 12/19
“A fascinating journey of discovery.”- Canadian Children’s Book News, 01/20
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