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Africatrek: A Journey by Bicycle Through Africa Library Binding – April, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Library Binding: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Lerner Pub Group (L) (April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822529513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822529514
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,900,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-7. A readable, personal travelogue of the experiences, hardships, and triumphs of a bicycle trip from the northern coast of Africa to the continent's southernmost tip. In 1992, Dan Buettner and his brother, Steve, assembled a multiracial and multinational team of bikers to accompany them on their journey from Tunisia to South Africa, and, along the way, into the Guinness Book of World Records. As the author's journal counts off the days that have passed and the miles successfully covered, he also chronicles the team's encounters with local people and setbacks endured because of injury, climate, and politics. In addition to the numerous full-color photographs, maps are nicely used to record the forward motion, including the elevation of the terrain. What is most evident is the dogged determination of the author to accomplish his goal. Readers cannot help feeling that some of the decisions to carry on, while they turned out positively, could just as easily have been disastrous. Nevertheless, this account gives an opportunity to experience vicariously a brief visit to far-off places, and an exciting adventure as well. A book that should find a general readership in most libraries.?Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Dan Buettner is a National Geographic Explorer, a writer, and the founder of Quest Network, Inc. His 2005 cover story for National Geographic magazine, "Secrets of Living Longer," was a finalist for the National Magazine Award. He has appeared on CNN, David Letterman, Good Morning America, Primetime Live, and the Today Show to discuss his Blue Zone research and has delivered more than 500 keynote speeches over the last 10 years.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. L Wilson on December 30, 2005
Format: Library Binding
Wonderful book on a simply amazing bicycle trek. Pictures were stunners. This man has biked from the polar regions to Tierra del Fuego, circumnavigated the globe, of which the journey across Russia was but a part, and biked the length of the African continent. Incredible feats, hardships and adventures.
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By lucieannie on November 2, 2011
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This is an interesting story, probably geared for junior high students but this reader enjoyed it too Very good book.
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By Meredith on October 27, 2011
Format: Library Binding
Definitely written for the young. Abbreviated telling of his tale gives just a hint of the whole story. Buettner is reckless with life and limb and willing to suffer truly untold physical suffering. Grit, determination, and good fundraising allow him to make this arduous journey. Could stimulate young reading to learn more about the continent.
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