What would it be like to fly an airplane to the center of a deadly hurricane? To squeeze through a tiny crevice hundreds of feet below the Earth’s surface? Or to dangle from a tree branch hundreds of feet above the ground? Donna M. Jackson describes the work of three scientists (hurricane hunter Paul Flaherty, microbiologist Hazel Barton, and ecologist Stephen Sillett) including the extreme perils of their missions and the scientific discoveries that make the danger worthwhile. Readers who enjoy survival stories (like Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet, Peg Kehret’s Earthquake Terror, or P.J. Petersen’s White Water) or readers interested in science should definitely check out this nonfiction book!
If you liked Extreme Scientists, you may also enjoy Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland and Phineas Gage: a Gruesome But True Story About Brain Science.