Walking the Tightrope with Daredevils

There are people who live their lives on the edge! They spend their time walking on a sliver of wire stretched between buildings many miles above the ground, or go tumbling over the edge of a waterfall in a barrel or put their life at risk by eating broccoli. We know these people as daredevils.

Philippe Petit was the daredevil who walked between the Twin Towers in New York City in 1974. He was 1,350 feet above the ground. That is the same height as The Ledge at Willis Tower. Petit's amazing story comes to life in the dramatic fold out pages of The Man Who Walked Between the Towers.

Annie Edson Taylor was the Queen of the Falls. At the age of 62, this daredevil became the first person to ride over Niagara Falls in a barrel in 1902. Chris Van Allsburg's beautifully illustrated and tension-filled story of Taylor's trip over the falls will have you on the edge of your seat.

And then there is Kel Gilligan — the "boy without fear." He is the star of Kel Gilligan's Daredevil Stunt Show who accomplishes feats such as eating broccoli, dressing himself and going to bed without checking for monsters. In this book Kel clearly shows that there is a bit of a daredevil in each of us.

Are you craving more adventure? Check out these titles that feature more amazing daredevils.

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