|Ski soldier : a World War II biography|
Author: Borden, Louise
The story of Pete Seibert, a ski soldier severely wounded in World War II who went on to found the Vail Ski Resort in Colorado.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 6.50
Points: 2.0 Quiz: 198258
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 8.50
Points: 6.0 Quiz: 75658
Kirkus Reviews (07/15/18)
School Library Journal (06/01/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/09/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 06/01/2018 Gr 4–8—As a seven year old, Peter Seibert became obsessed with skiing when he discovered on old pair of skis in his family barn. Little did he know that his passion for the slopes would take him halfway around the world from the battlefields of World War II to a world-renowned ski resort in Vail, CO. At 18, Pete enlisted in the 10th Mountain Division. After rigorous and often brutal training, he led his platoon in a successful stealth attack on the overlook held by German soldiers in northern Italy. However, Seibert was severely wounded by mortar fire during the attack against Mount Belvedere, a strategic German stronghold, and spent years recovering from his wounds. He struggled to walk so that he could once again ski. His story is told in brief lyrical passages composed of short groups of lines and accompanied by numerous photos, quotes, and maps. VERDICT A true story of valor, stamina, and dedication. Seibert's exciting biography will appeal to fans of sports and adventure stories.—MaryAnn Karre, Binghamton, NY - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 06/01/2018 Pete Seibert was seven years old in 1931 when he found an old pair of his mother’s skis and fell in love with skiing. “There was nothing else like it in the world,” Borden writes in this agreeable biography of Seibert, who grew up to enlist in the U.S. Army when he was 18 and was assigned to the famous 10th Mountain Division. After training in Colorado and Texas, he shipped out to Italy to fight the Germans who still controlled large parts of the Apennine Mountains in the northern part of the country. There he was seriously wounded in battle, and with his legs badly injured, it appeared he might never walk again. But he rallied and not only walked but skied and subsequently realized the dream of a lifetime when he founded the now famous ski resort of Vail, Colorado. Borden’s insightful biography, written in verse form, is highly readable and distinguished by the generous collection of period black-and-white photographs that illustrate it. It’s a treat for both ski buffs and military history fans. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.