Ryan just spent any available time he had with his nose in The Great Escape: Tunnel to Freedom. He was fascinated by this true story of 200 German prisoners of war building a tunnel and disposing of all the displaced sand right under their guards noses.
I noticed it is a Sterling Point Book. I reviewed another of their books last week, The Stout-Hearted Seven: Orphaned on the Oregon Trail. This publishing house produces a bounty of history titles for children, including Alexander the Great, John Paul Jones: The Pirate Patriot and George Washington: Frontier Colonel.
Since I did not read The Great Escape, I decided to interview Ryan and get his opinion for this post.
Ages 12 and up
Activity: It's a big job to build a human-sized tunnel. If you have a pet gerbil or kitten, you could build one for them. Tape together the middle section (after you cut off the top and bottom) of plastic liter bottles or the boxes that soda cans come in. Keep in mind that to build a tunnel of comparable length to the one in the book you will need approximately 300 boxes or 600 liter bottles.