Author: Anita Ganeri. Illustrator: Dusan Pavlic Release date: 2010. Publisher: Feiwel & Friends. ISBN: 9780312580902.
Review: The Adventurer’s Handbook is a science lesson cleverly disguised as a guide for adventuring. The information presented in the various chapters is not only clear, it is also fun and interesting. This title would be perfect for a science classroom or reluctant readers, especially tween males. It will also likely spark an interest in topics included in the book, such as geography, geology or various indigenous or cultural groups presented.
Reading level: Grades 4-8
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Personal thoughts: As someone with an interest in science, I really enjoyed reading this fun, easy-to-read and educational title. I definitely have observed the statistic that tween and teen boys often prefer reading non-fiction books over “girlie” titles, and I think The Adventurer’s Handbook is wonderful for not only that purpose but for teaching them a little something about science as well.
Themes: Survival, science, adventure.
Awards/Reviews: Written by Anita Ganeri, award-winning author of Horrible Geography series.
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Annotation: Would you know what to do if you were trapped in a blizzard in Antarctica? Can you crack a coconut on a deserted island? Read The Adventurer’s Handbook to learn all about navigating some of the trickiest, but most exciting, situations the world has to offer.