Reading level: middle school
My rating: 4 out of 5
This is a nonfiction/memoir of a guy who did a ton of outdoor adventures: the Pole to Pole, climbing Mt. Everest, learning traditional star navigation in Polynesia, flying air balloons... It's written for the middle school level and I found it pretty easy to understand despite some specialized vocabulary (for mountain climbing etc) because specialized vocabulary terms are often explained in a separated text box also with diagrams/illustrations, sort of like in a textbook. It is arranged into sections and chapters and each chapter is very digestible, around 5 pages or less. He tells not just about what it's like to train and prepare for these expeditions but also things that you wouldn't necessarily think about and that really stuck with him. It was very interesting. There are also lots of color photos from his adventures, each one with an explanatory caption. I was actually describing this book to my mom and she asked me who the author was because she wanted to read it too, but I don't think it's been translated into English.