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Totally True Adventures


Totally True Adventures

written by Gail Herman with illustrations by Michelle Amatrula

These accounts of some of the world’s most famous historical events --- each written by a different author --- are engaging and filled with fun facts. Young readers will be captivated by the fast-paced action of these nonfiction reads. 

Totally True Adventures

Books in this series

written by Gail Herman with illustrations by Michelle Amatrula - Culture, History, Nature, Outdoor

The peak of Mount Everest is the highest place on Earth --- and one of the deadliest. Terrible storms stop climbers in their tracks! Avalanches tumble down! Brave adventurers disappear on the snowy slopes. Then Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay decide to climb. They come from different cultures, but their dream is the same. Can teamwork help them make it to the roof of the world? 

written by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld with illustrations by Wesley Lowe - Children's, Nonfiction, Science

Astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise blasted off for the Moon on April 11, 1970. But after a disastrous explosion damaged their spacecraft, the three men had only one goal: to get back home safely. This informational text makes space travel exciting and accessible for younger readers and features illustrations, photographs, a map and additional Story Behind the Story facts. 

written by Nancy Castaldo with illustrations by Wesley Lowe - Children's, History, Nonfiction, Travel

When Nellie Bly read AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS by Jules Verne, she had an amazing idea. What if she traveled around the world in real life, and did it in less than eighty days? In 1889, people doubted it could be done --- especially by a woman. But with one small bag and a sturdy coat, Nellie set out anyway. Soon the whole world was rooting for her. Could she make it back home in time?

by Thomas Conklin - Children's, History, Nonfiction

Here is the exciting true story about the "unsinkable" Titanic! Dramatic accounts, white-knuckle suspense, and fast-paced action of how the world's biggest, safest ship sank on its maiden voyage. Includes black-and-white photos and full-color underwater photos of the wreck.

written by Lori Haskins Houran with illustrations by Wesley Lowe - Children's, Nonfiction, Technology

A $25,000 prize for the first flight from New York to Paris went unclaimed for years. Many teams tried. And many teams failed. Still, Charles Lindbergh felt he had a shot at the prize. He wasn’t famous. He wasn’t rich. But he was determined. He’d cross the ocean in a tiny plane...and he’d do it all by himself!

written by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel with illustrations by Nora Koerber - Children's, History, Travel

Balto has a quiet life as a sled dog --- until tragedy strikes. Dozens of children in Nome become sick with diphtheria. Without antitoxin serum, they will perish --- and the closest supply is 650 miles away! The only way to get the serum to Nome is by sled, but can the dogs deliver it in time? Heading bravely into a brutal blizzard, Balto leads the race for life.

written by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld with illustrations by James Nelson - Children's, Culture, History, Nonfiction

When the pharoahs of Egypt died, they were mummified and buried in pyramids and tombs with all their riches. But as centuries passed, the tombs were looted and the pharoahs' gold stolen. Then Howard Carter found the greatest Egyptian treasure trove of all --- he tomb of King Tut's mummy! But did the amazing treasure come with a deadly curse?

by Kaitlin Moore - Children's, Health/Fitness, Nonfiction

In 1996, seven gymnasts --- the Magnificent Seven --- are America’s best chance to win its first team gold medal. Kerri Strug is one of them. After years of training, Kerri wants to do her best for the team. But the competition is tough --- and full of surprises! Can Kerri help Team USA make history?

written by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld with illustrations by James Nelson - Children's, History, Science

In 1902, William Hornaday handed a map to the famous paleontologist Barnum Brown. It was Hornaday’s hand-drawn directions to a remote area of the Montana Badlands, where he believed amazing dinosaur fossils lay buried. Following the map, Brown dug up a jawbone edged with six-inch long teeth, the remains of a monstrous creature no one had ever seen before. But one bone wasn’t enough, and Brown soon found himself in a desperate race to discover the skeleton of the mystery carnivore!

by David A. Kelly and Tim Jessell - Children's, Nonfiction, Sports

Before 1918, the Boston Red Sox were unstoppable. They won World Series after World Series, thanks in part to their charismatic pitcher-slugger Babe Ruth. But some people on the Red Sox felt the Babe was more trouble than he was worth, and he was traded away to one of the worst teams in baseball, the New York Yankees. From then on, the Yankees became a golden team. And the Red Sox? For over 80 years, they just couldn’t win another World Series. Then, in 2004, along came a scruffy, scrappy Red Sox team. Could they break Babe Ruth’s curse and win it all?