HOW ANGEL PETERSON GOT HIS NAME, by Gary Paulsen
Interest Level: Middle/Upper Grades
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Gary Paulsen's hilarious retelling of the childhood antics of his friends had me laughing out loud. From trying to break the world record for skiing—by attaching to the bumper of a car, to getting picked up and carried away by an army surplus target kite, Paulsen recalls witnessing and taking part in experiences that sound remarkably like they could have been the beginnings of what have become extreme sports of today. He does offer the following words of caution at the beginning: “We were quite a bit dumber then,” and “There wasn’t any safety gear.” This book will appeal to boys of all ages—especially the little boys in grown men’s bodies who will be able to relate to and possibly even commiserate with the participants of Paulsen’s youth.