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“Ann McCallum Staats has written an uplifting book profiling a handful of extraordinary women whose example proves that nothing can or should hold women back. These women push the boundaries of what was believed possible, achieving the impossible.” —Milbry Polk, author of Women of Discovery, and member of the Explorers Club board of directors  Encompassing a diverse selecti “Ann McCallum Staats has written an uplifting book profiling a handful of extraordinary women whose example proves that nothing can or should hold women back. These women push the boundaries of what was believed possible, achieving the impossible.” —Milbry Polk, author of Women of Discovery, and member of the Explorers Club board of directors  Encompassing a diverse selection of women in extreme and unique sports, this book shares the stories of bold and daring thrill-seekers  What is the allure of the extreme? Who are the women who seek out and excel at sports outside the conventional, such as cave diving, wingsuit flying, or Formula 1 racing?   This collection of adventure dynamos is as fascinating as it is empowering. Thrill Seekers introduces readers to a diverse and fascinating selection of women whose determination, grit, and courage have propelled each of them into a life far from the sidelines.   Each chapter introduces readers to modern role models and leaders, change-makers who opt into a life of risk—but one of astonishing rewards.   Inspire young people to approach life with the same bold resolve.  Women of Power. Bold books to inspire bold moves.   Thrill Seekers is the debut title in the new Women of Power series. Women of Power is a timely, inclusive, international, modern biography series that profiles 15 diverse, modern women who are changing the world in their field while empowering others to follow their dreams.


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“Ann McCallum Staats has written an uplifting book profiling a handful of extraordinary women whose example proves that nothing can or should hold women back. These women push the boundaries of what was believed possible, achieving the impossible.” —Milbry Polk, author of Women of Discovery, and member of the Explorers Club board of directors  Encompassing a diverse selecti “Ann McCallum Staats has written an uplifting book profiling a handful of extraordinary women whose example proves that nothing can or should hold women back. These women push the boundaries of what was believed possible, achieving the impossible.” —Milbry Polk, author of Women of Discovery, and member of the Explorers Club board of directors  Encompassing a diverse selection of women in extreme and unique sports, this book shares the stories of bold and daring thrill-seekers  What is the allure of the extreme? Who are the women who seek out and excel at sports outside the conventional, such as cave diving, wingsuit flying, or Formula 1 racing?   This collection of adventure dynamos is as fascinating as it is empowering. Thrill Seekers introduces readers to a diverse and fascinating selection of women whose determination, grit, and courage have propelled each of them into a life far from the sidelines.   Each chapter introduces readers to modern role models and leaders, change-makers who opt into a life of risk—but one of astonishing rewards.   Inspire young people to approach life with the same bold resolve.  Women of Power. Bold books to inspire bold moves.   Thrill Seekers is the debut title in the new Women of Power series. Women of Power is a timely, inclusive, international, modern biography series that profiles 15 diverse, modern women who are changing the world in their field while empowering others to follow their dreams.

42 review for Thrill Seekers: 15 Remarkable Women in Extreme Sports

  1. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I am fortunate to have been connected with Ann McCallum Staats through a friend and received an e-arc of this book coming March 2nd, very soon! You can visit Ann on her web page to view all her books. I haven't read many but enjoyed Women Heroes of the US Army, one that celebrates women of that part of our history. This newest book by Ann celebrates women today as you can see from the title. They are making history right now! I was amazed and constantly in awe as I read through Ann's stories of I am fortunate to have been connected with Ann McCallum Staats through a friend and received an e-arc of this book coming March 2nd, very soon! You can visit Ann on her web page to view all her books. I haven't read many but enjoyed Women Heroes of the US Army, one that celebrates women of that part of our history. This newest book by Ann celebrates women today as you can see from the title. They are making history right now! I was amazed and constantly in awe as I read through Ann's stories of each of these women. I've ordered a copy for myself so I can pass it on to my granddaughters who are both athletic and will love reading of girls who've grown to women as they achieve in sports what few others have done. Ann divides the fifteen into five parts: "Maximum Sky", "Extreme Ocean", "Radical Rides", Epic Ice and Snow", and "Adrenaline Earth". Each one digs deep into the lives, from first childhood adventuring through discovering their passion (and talent) which lies in the path of achievement through hard work and persistence. Each time I also enjoyed seeing the help given along the journey from family, friends, and coaches. It's not easy to explain just how much Ann has included in these stories. Within each one, there is the focus on the one woman, the 'thrill-seeker', but along with the sport that woman is learning about and practicing and achieving, Ann also includes the facts "behind" it. For example, Melanie Curtis started with skydiving. She was familiar with it because her father ran a drop zone ("a designated place where divers land"), yet she hadn't really decided to do the first jump until she was eighteen. In this piece, added to Melanie's journey to one of the women who gathered other women to break the world record for the largest female VES formation, are facts about safety, a piece about "Parachuting Pioneers", "How a Parachute Works", and "Different Dives". The combination of each woman's history and of the sport itself creates a fascinating story every time! Notes I made as I read: There is good advice in every chapter, like "Competition is as much a mental game as it was about performing well physically." from Julia Marino in "The Art of Snowboarding". In Lizzie Armanto's experience of snowboarding, she shows how to push away negative thoughts when thinking about a challenge: "Am I making it bigger and harder than it is?" Ann inspires with her own words in the Introduction: "What do you long to do? Three, two, one! Go for it!" You will find an Afterword, Acknowledgments, and Endnotes at the back. Need more inspiration? Look for a video of Ann herself skydiving! This will be great to read aloud at least some of the chapters to show the excitement in every sport, the challenges, and the rewards! After conversations, let the kids read more themselves. If you have a class, you'll need more than one copy! Thank you, Ann, for this special new book!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joan Waites

    This well written and researched book profiles 15 women involved in exciting and unconventional sports. Readers will experience the thrill of these women from various backgrounds and circumstances accomplishing their dreams and overcoming many obstacles to get there.Readers will be placed right in the action as each profile unfolds. An inspiring book for any adventure loving kids and adults!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ann Dallman

    Thrill Seekers: 15 Remarkable Women in Extreme Sports (Women of Power) by Ann McCallum Staats What a book! This book is an inspiration for readers of all ages about the remarkable achievements of some incredibly daring young women. The “sports” covered include a wide range from “flying like a superhero” and surfboarding to race car driving. Aside from reading the stories of some incredibly talented and daring women, I enjoyed the layout of the book. The sidebars (shaded boxes) provided valuable b Thrill Seekers: 15 Remarkable Women in Extreme Sports (Women of Power) by Ann McCallum Staats What a book! This book is an inspiration for readers of all ages about the remarkable achievements of some incredibly daring young women. The “sports” covered include a wide range from “flying like a superhero” and surfboarding to race car driving. Aside from reading the stories of some incredibly talented and daring women, I enjoyed the layout of the book. The sidebars (shaded boxes) provided valuable backstory details and insights into the individual sports, the “how-to’s” of the sport featured. It was an easy and fun way to learn “the story behind the story.” The athletes, these thrill seekers, had this in common—a dedication to their sport which they pursued with singular focus. They assembled teams, trained, ensured that proper safety measures were in place, trained some more, and then pursued their goal. Inspirational! Strong points include the meticulous research and variety of sports represented. As a retired middle school and high school English teacher, I strongly recommend this book for classroom use. Extra points for being of high interest to both male and female students.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    These were a lot of fun! The author managed to interview most of the women, so the chapters have a personal touch, describing a variety of women and the crazy sports they enjoy. (Note -- I'm a complete couch potato, so all sports seem crazy, not just formula-1 racing and parkour and stuff.) We get their introductions to the sport, particular challenges and inspirations, and even a few failures along the way. It ends with encouragement to readers to follow their heart if they want to try similar f These were a lot of fun! The author managed to interview most of the women, so the chapters have a personal touch, describing a variety of women and the crazy sports they enjoy. (Note -- I'm a complete couch potato, so all sports seem crazy, not just formula-1 racing and parkour and stuff.) We get their introductions to the sport, particular challenges and inspirations, and even a few failures along the way. It ends with encouragement to readers to follow their heart if they want to try similar feats, and then a short section for notes -- mostly private interviews but Staats also uses various news reports.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading about these amazing women and what they accomplish. Especially love the informative sections added to explain things like Hypothermia and the apex predator of the Arctic, the polar bear. There’s just so much to learn in each part: how scuba divers communicate under the water, mountain biking lingo, or about climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. If you want to learn more about each extreme athlete links are provided to connect to their media accounts. Great read for all!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Booklist review to come.

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