Desperate and poor, stowaways risk their lives in an attempt to secure freedom or a higher standard of living. Some succeed; others suffer tragedy and heartbreak. Learn the fate of a famous explorer, a runaway slave, a teenager who hid in the wheel well of an airplane, and a man who shipped himself from New York to Texas. "If your students liked the ‘Disasters’ series, they’re going to love the new ‘Astonishing headlines’ series. Designed specifically to appeal to reluctant readers, these 64-page softcover books present self-contained chapters, each a fascinating true-life ‘headline’ story. A topical book review, glossary and index accompany each title. Printed edition available from