|All thirteen : the incredible cave rescue of the Thai boys' soccer team|
Author: Soontornvat, Christina
A unique account of the amazing Thai cave rescue told in a heart-racing, you-are-there style that blends suspense, science, and cultural insight.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 7.20
Points: 7.0 Quiz: 510084
Newbery Honor, 2021
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor, 2021
Kirkus Reviews (+) (09/01/20)
School Library Journal (+) (00/09/20)
Booklist (+) (08/01/20)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/11/20)
The Hornbook (+) (00/09/20)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 09/01/2020 Gr 4–7—In 2018, 12 members of the Wild Boars soccer team and their assistant coach were trapped in a cave for 18 days. It was a stunning and miraculous story that captivated the world. On June 23, 2018, the team and their assistant coach decided to hike through the caverns of Tham Luang Nang Non, the Cave of the Sleeping Lady. However, when they tried to leave, they discovered that the cave was flooded and they were trapped. Soontornvat's narrative nonfiction account shares these events and those that led to the rescue along with intricate details about caverns, sump diving, and other scientific details that emphasize the harrowing conditions of the rescue. She also touches on Thai culture, immigration issues, Buddhism, and religion. The main rescuers and their heroic efforts are highlighted, but Soontornvat also showcases stories of the Thai volunteers who had a huge impact on the rescue. Full-color photographs, maps, illustrations, and graphs are included throughout the text. The author, who is Thai American, was in northern Thailand visiting family when the story first broke. Her author's note features background information about interviewing the people involved with the rescue and meeting the Wild Boars team. Extensive source notes are included as well as a bibliography, image credits, and an index. VERDICT This stellar nonfiction work reads like a heart-pounding adventure story. Every library should have a copy.—V. Lynn Christiansen, Wiley International Studies Magnet Elem. Sch., Raleigh, NC - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.