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. Volume XI Number 9 . . . .January 7, 2005
For years, Niagara Falls has been a source of legends and a destination for honeymooners, tourists, and...daredevils! Many have challenged the falls with various stunts: swimmers, jumpers, tightrope walkers, and daredevils in boats, in barrels and on rafts. Some survived, many didn't; all seemed mesmerized by the power and magic of Niagara.
In Niagara Daredevils, MacDonald has included a wealth of names, dates and adventure stories--enough to satisfy any "Falls addict" or armchair daredevil. In more or less chronological order, we read the often wild and wacky ideas of the men and women to seemed to need the thrill, often a deadly one, of conquering one of the world's greatest attractions. Many of us humans will do almost anything, it seems, in our attempt to achieve fame and fortune.
Where MacDonald's book falls short is that the scope of her work is almost too large for a mere 117 pages. There are plenty of facts, but only a page or two devoted to each individual. Thus the anecdotes and small details which would truly bring these daredevils to life are missing. This reader felt she learned essential information, but little about true personalities and what made these daredevils "tick."
However, if you wish to read the highlights of Niagara thrills and spills in one quick, easy-to-read book, Niagara Daredevils is a suitable choice.
Ann Ketcheson is a former teacher of high school English and French and currently is the teacher-librarian at Peterborough Collegiate in Peterborough, ON.
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