Ok boys, here’s your book. Actually, I have to be truthful. Girls, you will really like this book too.
This is a hilarious true story about crazy events from Gary Paulsen’s life when he was a young teenager. In fact, the events seem so crazy to me that I can’t even bring myself to share any specific parts of this book with you. I don’t want to give you any ideas! The events are so crazy, that the author does give a two page “note of caution” in the front of the book. Even though the events takes place about 50 years ago, you will probably recognize yourself or one of your friends.
Why will girls like this book? Well, if you’ve ever liked a boy, been related to one, or have been curious about one, you should read this. Although the book doesn’t explain why boys like to do things like pee on electric fences, it does help girls understand how their brains work.
Written with humor, Paulsen shows boys heading into their teenage years thinking they can do anything: wrestle with bears; shoot waterfalls in a barrel; fly eight-by-twelve-foot Army surplus kites–and hang on, even as they land in the gross chicken coop.
My favorite story was when his friend wanted to break the speed record on snow ski’s. The only problem was they lived in Minnesota and there weren’t any hills. So they convinced one of the teenagers in town to pull his friend on skis from his car so that he could break the 74 mph skiing world record.
Amazingly, no one dies in this laugh-out-loud book. For a quick and funny read, check-out How Angel Peterson Got His Name And Other Outrageous Tales About Extreme Sports by Gary Paulsen.
Genre: Nonfiction (Dewey Decimal 813)
Tags: teenage boys, adventure, stunts, extreme sports, Minnesota, daredevil
Series: This book is not part of a series.
A/R Reading level: 6.0
Interest level: Grades 5-8
Link to Harvest Park Library catalog: How Angel Peterson Got His Name And Other Outrageous Tales About Extreme Sports