About This BookFrom sinking submarines and blazing airstrips to shark attacks and exploding spacecraft, the people in these real stories hovered on the brink of death, yet survived to tell what happened! A former editor, Paul Dowswell is the author or co-author of over 50 acclaimed nonfiction books for children on historical and scientific topics. Scholastic helps teachers save on classroom materials with our exclusive "educator-only" pricing. Introducing the exclusive tokidoki back-to-school collection, featuring innovative bags, stationery, and coloring products. From shark attacks and blazing airships to exploding spacecraft and sinking submarines, these are real stories of people who have stared death in the face and lived to tell the tale.


The truth is, most of us will never be in a situation like that, where your life is on the line and you’re forced to make tough choices in order to keep yourself alive.
It can also be helpful to read and learn about what others have gone through and how they survived in their unique situations. In 2006, workers on a cattle station in one of the most remote areas of Australia came upon a man named Ricky Megee who claimed to have been stranded in the Australian outback for 70 days. Megee said the last thing he remembered was his car breaking down during his cross-country drive.
Ten exciting tales include both the details of the disasters and the amazing circumstances that allowed life to triumph over death!


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No two survival situations are exactly alike, but these stories have universal themes of bravery, resourcefulness, quick thinking, and sheer force of determination that we can learn from and apply to our lives. There is some speculation that he was the victim of a violent attack during which he was drugged.



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