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Special Forces

Special Forces reveals the stories, people, and equipment behind the world’s most dramatic special forces operations. Stunning photographs capture the drama and excitement of the missions, while concluding chapters look at the essential skills required by special forces soldiers and how readers can pursue a career in the special forces.

Reading LevelGrades 1-2
Interest LevelGrades 2-4
Lexile LevelNC760L
ATOS Level4.5
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #148368
Text TypeInformational Text
BrandRead Me!
Page Dimensions7 1/2" x 9 7/16"
Page Count32
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $29.99 School/Library Price

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Nonfiction Book Detectives Blog

"I am always on the lookout for books that have anything to do with the military, because what books I do have are always checked out. I have noticed that children are less discerning when it comes to reading level. They seem drawn to any book, as long as it has lots of color photos. Recently, I scoured publisher catalogs looking for titles to fit my need when I saw Special Forces, part of the Heroic Jobs series published by Capstone. The book is loaded with lots of color photos showing the Special Forces in all kinds of dangerous situations. The book highlights the essential skills required by the rescuers. This arm of the military must be fluent in several languages, be brave, willing to risk their lives. "Special forces are called "special" because they are!...Soldiers can’t just sign up to become special operatives. They are chosen because of their special talents." The large font makes for easy reading for the series intended audience, grades 1-2. The writing is simple sentences which never go into any detail. "A helicopter flies through the air. A pilot, copilot, and two special force operatives are inside. The helicopter door slides open and the operatives slide down a cable and land safely on the ground. The special force operation begins!" The pictures are well captioned. Most photos reflect what is being discussed within the text on that page, though the entry about spying does not. We read, "The spies dress, act, and speak as much like the local people as possible", yet the picture shows a solider hidden in the tall grass or repelling off a very tall building. This book is a high interest title. It will fill a need in that subject area. A glossary, books and websites for more information, and index are included. Other titles in the series include: Disaster Relief, Fighting Crime, Fighting Fires, Mountain Rescue, and Rescue at Sea. The only downside for this 32-page tome is the cost: $21.99. Still, it does come with an excellent binding, making it last through the multiple checkouts. -Nonfiction Book Detectives Blog 6/1/2012" - Nonfiction Book Detectives Blog

June 1, 2012

Library Media Connection Online - Kristine Wildner

"This is a high interest series which attracts readers with vibrant photographs. The books emphasize not only the importance of each job, but also the inherent dangers involved. They begin by showing the heroes in action. Subsequent sections include information unique to each job, including equipment and skills needed. The books conclude with a section about how to protect yourself from danger and resources for more information. Featuring full-color and close-up photographs, this series is sure to be a hit, especially with young boys who are enthralled with the prospect of danger and heroes. Short paragraphs and sentences make the books accessible to newly independent readers. This series would be a terrific addition to any primary nonfiction collection. Readers will come away with a strong sense of respect for the work and the workers. Recommended. -- Kristine Wildner, Librarian, Holy Apostles School, New Berlin, Wisconsin Library Media Connection Online Aug/Sept 2012; Vol. 31, No. 1" - Library Media Connection Online

Ellen Labrecque

Ellen Labrecque

Ellen Labrecque is a freelance writer who lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two kids. She has written over 20 children's books.  Previously, she was a Senior Editor at Sports Illustrated Kids Magazine. She loves writing, running, and spending time outside.

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