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Grace Fleming

True Adventures and Survival Stories

By July 17, 2006

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Do You Need a Hero?

This year you may be able to select your own book to read for a book report assignment. Are you interested in stories about survival and adventure? If so, there are many true-life stories that can stand up to all the excitement, tragedy, and triumph of fiction. To name a few:

  • It's Not About the Bike, by Lance Armstrong, is the story of triumph over adversity, family togetherness and support, and the rewards of perseverance.

  • Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster, by Jon Krakauer is a riveting account of a disastrous expedition to conquer Mount Everest in March 1996. It is a harrowing story, which results in the death of eight people, but the story reminds us of the majestic power of Mother Nature.

  • Castro's Daughter: an Exile's Memoir of Cuba, by Alina Fernández Revuelta is the story of Castro's illegitimate child, who gives a less-than-flattering depiction of the famous Cuban dictator.
  • Finding Fish is the fascinating story of Antwone Fisher, an African American boy who was born in prison and faced every obstacle that should have made is life a story of tragedy. This account shows how he overcame the hardships to find extraordinary success.


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