Tunnels! (True Stories from the Edge)

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Ten riveting true stories of dramatic events in tunnels around the world!

Did you know that tunnels were instrumental in the dramatic rescue of 72 hostages held for over four months in the Japanese Embassy in Lima, Peru? During the Vietnam War, guerrilla fighters known as the Viet Cong created a sophisticated system of tunnels complete with four levels, trap doors, and strategic ditches, slopes, and zigzags that rendered grenades and tear gas ineffective. And in Richmond, Virginia, during the American Civil War, 109 Union prisoners-of-war made a daring escape from Libby Prison after successfully tunneling from the prison cellar, beneath a vacant lot, under a fence, and into a small carriage shed nearby.

In this book young readers will find 10 spectacular tunnel stories from around the world. There are stories of surviving a mining disaster, uncovering treasure in the tomb of an ancient Egyptian king, smuggling people to freedom, and building transport tunnels deep beneath the sea. Some of the stories are about crooks who robbed banks or smuggled drugs. Others are of the heroes who worked selflessly to save the lives of those trapped in a burning mountain inferno. There are gripping, true accounts of human drama beneath the ground. Each fast-paced story propels the reader to the next one.

Key Features

  • award-winning and established author
  • fascinating true stories of ingenuity, drama, tragedy, and heroics
  • black and white diagrams of each tunnel

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About the Author:

Award-winning author Diane Swanson has been called a master of non-fiction for children. She has written over 55 books for young people, including Nibbling on Einstein's Brain, Hmm?, Burp!, The Doctor and You, and The Dentist and You. She is a popular visitor to schools and libraries, and frequently speaks at educational conferences.

Review:

Ten thrilling true-life stories... [Swanson's] style makes these stories entertaining reading. (Alison Chadsey Victoria Times Colonist 2004-01-18)

A fascinating collection of 10 suspenseful stories ... A surefire hit for readers who like real-life, page-turning adventures. (Laurie von Mehren School Library Journal)

On first thought, tunnels might seem to be only boring holes in the ground. However, in her eleven brief but fascinating chapters in Tunnels!, Swanson investigates intriguing aspects of ancient Egyptian tombs, the inherent dangers tunnels pose to the people who use them, how tunnels have been used by criminal masterminds in their nefarious schemes and by ordinary people wanting to escape tyrannical political regimes, in war, and the extraordinary skill and daring that goes into building the precarious underground constructions.... A wide range of students will enjoy Swanson's underground journey that takes them from King Tut's time to the modern age. Its straightforward clear narrative style lends itself to younger readers, and the diverse high interest nature of the chapter topics will draw the attention of middle school students. It's a fun read. Recommended. (Ian Stewart Canadian Materials 2003-06-06)

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