Thill Seekers..15 Remarkable Women in Extreme Sports written by Ann McCallum Staats is a book full of adventure and fascinating stories!
For myself, the topic of extreme sports has always been very interesting for me to learn about. This collection of stories introduces readers to diverse and passionate women who are passionate about sports such as wingsuit flying, skateboarding, cave diving and race car driving.
The book is organized into five sections which include Maximum Sky, Extreme Ocean, Radical Rides, Epic Ice and Snow and Adrenaline Earth. Within each story include a short biography of the featured person, facts about the specific sports and ways to learn more (e.g. social media accounts including youtube).
This book is ideal for both home and the classroom. This non-fiction book is perfect for older elementary and middle grade students. I also think that older students and adults would love this book.
Ann McCallum Staats didn’t just learn about the sports, she also experienced them herself! She wanted to get a taste of what it’s like be a sky diver like Melanie Curtis. Check out Ann below!
I loved hearing stories about Faith Dickey who walks on a highline and cave diver, Ann Marie Stephens. Listen to our podcast and learn more about Ann’s adventures and her research when writing this book!
To join Ann’s virtual launch and meet some of the women featured in the book, click here.
Pre-order now! Thrill Seekers: 15 Remarkable Women in Extreme Sports (Women of Power)
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Ann McCallum Staats grew up in the wilds of British Columbia, Canada. At her first ‘real’ job, she once crossed paths with a bear while teaching in a one-room schoolhouse. She was happy to move to Maryland soon after that experience! Here, she taught math while keeping tabs on much smaller animals: the local rabbit population (This helped to inspire her, later, to write Rabbits, Rabbits Everywhere: A Fibonacci Sequence). Up for another adventure, Ann moved with her family to the United Arab Emirates for a couple of years. She was happy to be somewhere with good skiing again- only this time it was on sand and not snow (There were some terrific sand dunes behind her school).
While overseas, Ann started work on her first book, The Secret Life of Math which went on to win ForeWord Magazine’s Gold Book of the Year award. Many books later, she is deeply passionate about writing and works at it nearly every day.
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Ann lives in Maryland where she is a teacher and mom. Her two amazing children and her better half, Rich, keep her happy and busy.