How They Choked (Hardcover)

Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famous

By Georgia Bragg, Kevin O'Malley (Illustrator)

Walker Childrens, 9780802734884, 208pp.

Publication Date: May 6, 2014

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (7/17/2014)
Paperback (6/7/2016)
Library Binding (5/6/2014)

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Everyone makes mistakes. Sometimes, epic failures even lead to super successes . . . sometimes they become deep dark secrets. But remember-to fail is human, to laugh about our shortcomings divine. From Montezuma II's mistaking a conqueror for a god to Isaac Newton turning from science to alchemy to J. Bruce Ismay's jumping the lifeboat line on the "Titanic," "How They Choked" knocks fourteen famous achievers off their pedestals to reveal the human side of history.

Successful failures include:
Marco Polo Queen Isabella of Spain Montezuma II Ferdinand Magellan Anne Boleyn Isaac Newton Benedict Arnold Susan B. Anthony George Armstrong Custer Thomas Alva Edison Vincent Van Gogh J. Bruce Ismay Shoeless Joe Jackson Amelia M. Earhart.

About the Author

GEORGIA BRAGG is the author of How They Croaked as well as Matisse on the Loose, a middle-grade novel. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two children, and two cats.www.georgiabragg.comKEVIN O'MALLEY is the co-author and illustrator of the popular Miss Malarkey series, as well as the New York Times bestseller Gimme Cracked Corn and I Will Share and many other books for children. He lives in

Praise For How They Choked: Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famous

"This all-too-informative study deserves the wild popularity it will without a doubt acquire." —Booklist, starred review on How They Croaked

"Engaging, informative and downright disgusting." —Kirkus Reviews, on How They Croaked

"Expect this one to be passed around and poured over." —School Library Journal, on How They Croaked

"Carried away on a swift-flowing stream of body fluids, medical ineptitude, and O'Malley's deliciously snarky artwork, kids will agree they got exactly what they came for." —BCCB, on How They Croaked

Awards for How They Croaked: Texas Lone Star List, ALA Notable Book, ALA Quick Pick List, IRA Young Adults Reading List, Bank Street Best Book of the Year