Extreme Abilities: Amazing Human Feats and the Simple Science Behind Them

illus. by Cornelia Li. 88p. diag. photos. Annick. Apr. 2019. pap. $12.95. ISBN 9781773212494; Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781773212500.
Gr 4–7—This slim volume delves into nine types of extreme human abilities of the body and mind. Exploring everything from ultra strength to photographic memories, from balancing acts to meditation, each chapter takes a look at a different ability. The first few pages of the chapter share the experiences of people who have possessed this extreme ability throughout history, and the second part of the chapter explains the science and biology behind the ability as well as suggestions for young readers who want to improve themselves in this area. The author also includes safety warnings and guidelines along with recommendations to prevent students from harming themselves trying to replicate these extreme feats. This will make a great read for young readers who pore over Guiness World Record books and want more background on the records and feats found there. The text is accompanied by full-color illustrations and plenty of fascinating sidebars.
VERDICT A popular choice for libraries serving older elementary or middle school students.–Allison McLean, Elkhart Public Library, IN

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