Gary Paulsen's hilarious recollections of the terrifying stunts of his childhood friends in 1950s America- the original extreme sports!
A completely absorbing collection of memories about the exploits of a thirteen year-old Gary Paulsen and his friends, detailing their quest for fun and excitement. His friend Carl Peterson attempts to break the land-speed record on skis waxed with paraffin, being towed along behind a car- and comes out of the experience alive but with a new name! Other stunts include hitching behind cars on home made skateboards, taking to the air on a giant kite, wrestling bears at the carnival to impress girls and travelling over a waterfall in a barrel. This book should definitely have a Don't Try This At Home warning!
“It is plain amazing to me that boys live to grow up to be men”
Young Adult and Kids Book Centre
“This collection will likely hook adults as much as young readers.”