When you grow up in a small town in the north woods, you have to make your own excitement. High spirits, idiocy, and showing off for the girls inspire Gary Paulsen and his friends to attempt:
• Shooting waterfalls in a barrel • The first skateboarding • Jumping three barrels like motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel–except they only have bikes • Hangliding with an Army surplus target kite • Bungee jumping • Wrestling . . . a bear?
Extreme sports lead to extreme fun in new tales from Gary’s boyhood.
I so enjoy reading this book to my older students, especially the boys. I see them nod their heads and I have to wonder if it is because they have tried it or want to remember it to try later. These short stories from his childhood are so funny and they did bring back memories of different childhood things for me. Highly recommended, especially to a reluctant reader.