My kids love this book – Deadly Peril: And How to Avoid It by Tracey Turner

Deadly Peril: And How to Avoid It by Tracey Turner

Okay, I’m going to say that I found this book rather disturbing. BUT, my kids absolutely LOVED it! Ha! My teen daughter grabbed Deadly Peril: And How to Avoid It by Tracey Turner off the library shelf. I guess you could say it’s kind of a survival book, kind of a fact book and kind of a (darkly) humorous book. It lists the world’s deadliest perils, how they might kill you, and how to evade them. Each peril has its own report – a rating out of 10 for the worst possible outcome. Perils are broken up into eight different categories, and range from box jellyfish to putting your pants on in the dark.  

1. Menace from the Deep

  • Box Jellyfish
  • Great White Shark
  • Blue-ringed Octopus
  • Cone Snail
  • Piranha
  • Electric Eel
  • Stonefish
  • Stingray
  • Sea Snake
  • Giant Squid

2. Deadly Planet

  • Volcano
  • Whirlpool
  • Avalanche
  • Forest Fire
  • Tsunami
  • Quicksand
  • Earthquake
  • Rip Current
  • Geyser
  • Waterfall
  • Landslide
  • Desert

3. Unexpected Peril

  • Meteorite
  • Fugu
  • Frozen Toilet Waste
  • Bermuda Triangle
  • Eagle Dropping Tortoise
  • Spontaneous Human Combustion
  • Coconut
  • Solar Fare

4. Animal Attack

  • Fierce Snake
  • Crocodile
  • Hippo
  • Grizzly
  • Lion
  • Golden Poison Frog
  • Cape Buffalo
  • Vampire Bat
  • Cassowary
  • Komodo Dragon

5. Small But Lethal

  • Black Widow Spider
  • Killer Bees
  • Mosquito
  • Death Stalker Scorpion
  • Giant Centipede
  • Tsetse Fly
  • Army Ants

6. Perilous Weather

  • Lightning Strike
  • Tornado
  • Blizzard
  • Sandstorm
  • Flash Flood
  • Freak Wave
  • Giant Hail
  • Hurricane

7. Everyday Peril

  • Getting Dressed
  • Electricity
  • Poisonous Garden Plant
  • Sleepwalking
  • Botulism

8. Adventurous Peril

  • The Bends
  • Attitude Sickness
  • Skydiving
  • Shipwreck
  • Cave-in

The information is set out in an easy-to-digest format. Here’s a peek inside.

Deadly Peril: And How to Avoid It by Tracey Turner

About the Author

Tracey Turner has written more than 50 books for children, including the Hard Nuts series, the Comic Strip History of the World, 101 Things You Need to KnowDeadly Peril: And How to Avoid It, World’s Worst Jobs, and the Lost series of choose-your-own adventure books. Tracey lives in Bath, England with her husband Tom and son Toby.


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