How They Choked (Library Binding)

Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famous

By Georgia Bragg, Kevin O'Malley (Illustrator)

Walker & Company, 9780802734891, 208pp.

Publication Date: May 6, 2014

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

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Over the course of history, famous people made mistakes that were so monumental they could never escape them, no matter how brilliant their successes Ferdinand Magellan is credited as the first man to sail around the world . . . but he only actually made it halfway. His terrible treatment of everyone he met cut his life journey short. Queen Isabella of Spain is remembered for financing Columbus's expeditions-and for creating the Spanish Inquisition. J. Bruce Ismay commissioned the unsinkable marvel of the sea, the "Titanic"-and then jumped the line of women and children to escape death on a lifeboat. Readers will be fascinated well past the final curtain and will empathize with the flawed humanity of these achievers.

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

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