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Paulsen, Gary.
New York :Wendy Lamb Books, 2003
IL 5-8, RL 6.3
ISBN 0385900902

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

How Angel Peterson Got His Name is a hilarious book that will make you laugh out loud!  In fact one middle school teacher, who was reading the book aloud to her students, was accused by an administrator of having a party in her room.  Gary Paulsen, author of the many survival stories, has written another book that will be popular with all middle school students.  This is a collection of five stories include bungee jumping using a tire tube, riding a bicycle through a flaming hoop, and the title story involving breaking a speed record on skis while being towed behind a speeding car. A quick, delightful read for students who “want a funny book”.  (Patty Tucker, South Carolina Book Awards, 2006)

Booktalk #2

Kids, don't try this at home! Back in the dark ages of 1950's northern Minnesota, what did kids do for fun? If you were Carl Peterson, you might decide to break the world speed skiing record of 74 miles an hour. The challenge is figuring out how to do this on the flat prairie. With a '39 Ford Sedan, a rope and the help of his best buddies, it might be possible! "How Angel Peterson Got His Name" gives a hilarious look at extreme sports before they were called extreme sports.  (Melissa Bowman,, Armstrong Middle School)

SUBJECTS:     Paulsen, Gary -- Childhood and youth.
                        Authors, American.
                        Minnesota -- Social life and customs.
                        Extreme sports.


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