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Amazing Human Feats and the Simple Science Behind Them

by Galadriel Watson
illustrated by Cornelia Li

These people did what?!

Join author Galadriel Watson as she takes us on a journey of discovery —a tour of the human body’s amazing abilities, featuring masters of muscle, speed demons, brain bosses, and more! Extreme Abilities is a fun and fascinating survey of what humans are capable of and and how these achievements are scientifically possible. Short sketches of famous individuals from around the world and throughout history, such as Louis Cyr and Usain Bolt, are mixed with the amazing feats of others not-so-famous to draw readers in and bring these astounding abilities to life in vivid color. Each chapter also features a section on how young readers can work at improving their own skills (and a section on how not to get hurt in the process), plus bite-sized related fast facts and sidebars.

Easy-to-follow explanations of anatomy, physics, and other sciences are enhanced by Cornelia Li’s energetic and engaging artwork, and photos throughout further help to illustrate the awesome displays of the human body at work.

* Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection


“A jaw-droppingly well-researched, informative, and entertaining look at what makes us uniquely human.”
—CM Reviews, 03/01/19

“Entertaining and informative”
—School Library Connection, 05/19

“A great read for young readers who pore over Guiness World Record books and want more background on the records and feats found there . . . A popular choice for libraries.”
—School Library Journal, 03/19

“The research is admirable, the text is entertaining and informative and, at times, almost unbelievable.”
—Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 07/21/19

“Part record book, part science, part trivia, part challenge in a smart, kid-friendly format . . . packs a ton of interesting information for young readers to devour, while illustrations by Cornelia Li make the chapters inviting. There’s plenty of action to hold a child’s interest well. For an adult, it’s the kind of book you’ll wish you had when you were a kid.”
—Williston Herald, 04/22/19

—Kirkus Reviews, 01/15/19

“Very approachable.”
—Kiss the Book, 01/02/19