|Unbroken : An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive
|Chapter 1 The One-Boy Insurgency||5||(8)|
|Chapter 3 The Torrance Tornado||21||(10)|
|Chapter 4 Plundering Germany||31||(10)|
|Chapter 6 The Flying Coffin||49||(11)|
|Chapter 7 "This Is It, Boys"||60||(9)|
|Chapter 8 Dying in Droves||69||(9)|
|Chapter 9 Five Hundred and Ninety-Four Holes||78||(9)|
|Chapter 10 "The Whole Island Was Blowing Up"||87||(8)|
|Chapter 11 "Nobody's Going to Live Through This"||95||(8)|
|Chapter 13 Missing at Sea||107||(5)|
|Chapter 15 Sharks and Bullets||118||(7)|
|Chapter 16 Singing in the Clouds||125||(6)|
|Chapter 18 A Dead Body Breathing||139||(6)|
|Chapter 19 "No One Knows You're Alive"||145||(7)|
|Chapter 20 Farting for Hirohito||152||(8)|
|Chapter 29 Two Hundred and Twenty Punches||207||(5)|
|Chapter 30 The Boiling City||212||(7)|
|Chapter 31 The Naked Stampede||219||(6)|
|Chapter 32 Cascades of Pink Peaches||225||(7)|
|Chapter 34 The Shimmering Girl||243||(8)|
|Chapter 36 The Body on the Mountain||257||(4)|
|In Conversation: Laura Hillenbrand and Louie Zamperini||285||(8)|
A captivating young adult edition of the award-winning #1 New York Times best-seller documents the inspirational true story of how Louis Zamperini, a juvenile delinquent-turned-Olympic athlete and World War II pilot, crashed into the ocean and survived for weeks on a life raft only to become a prisoner of war. Includes more than 100 photographs and an exclusive interview with Louis Zamperini. Simultaneous eBook. Movie tie-in.
Laura Hillenbrand is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, and Seabiscuit: An American Legend, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, won the Book Sense Book of the Year Award and the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, landed on more than fifteen best-of-the-year lists, and inspired the film Seabiscuit, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. She served as a consultant on the Universal Pictures feature film based on Unbroken. Hillenbrand’s New Yorker article, “A Sudden Illness,” won the 2004 National Magazine Award. Her work has also appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Vanity Fair, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. She and actor Gary Sinise are the cofounders of Operation International Children, a charity that provides school supplies to children through American troops.
*Starred Review* Growing up in Torrance, California, Louis Zamperini was a wild boy, a rebel who found redemption in running, ultimately competing in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Then, in 1941, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and became a bombardier, whose plane was shot down over the Pacific. Thus began a remarkable story of survival. For 47 days, he floated on a raft with scant food and water, surrounded by sharks. Finally, he was picked up by Japanese forces and made a prisoner of war. He was routinely and savagely beaten and humiliated by a sadistic guard the other prisoners nicknamed the Bird. Not released until the end of the war, Zamperini returned to the States. There, he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and began drinking heavily, until, while attending a Billy Graham crusade, he stopped drinking and began to find peace. This adaptation of Hillenbrand's adult best-seller is highly dramatic and exciting, as well as painful to read as it lays bare man's hellish inhumanity to man. It is inspirational, too, for despite violence, torture, and humiliation, Zamperini never lost his human dignity-a necessity, Hillenbrand graphically demonstrates, for survival. Heavily illustrated with black-and-white photographs, this is sure to attract a wide audience, not only of survival story fans but also of those looking for a story of one man's heroic triumph over all odds. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: With a film adaptation scheduled for December 2014 and a crossover teen audience for the best-selling adult account, this youth edition should have a wide audience. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
In response to requests from teachers and school librarians, Hillenbrand offers a young-readers' edition of her best-selling World War II tale of survival. Louis Zamperini grew up in California and was headed toward juvenile delinquency. He smoked at 5, drank at 8, and went on to stealing and pranking, until older brother Pete got Louis into something more productive: running. Louis eventually became a world-class runner, ultimately competing at the 1936 Olympics. With World War II looming, Louis joined the Army Air Corps, and it was with the downing of his B-24 bomber that his harrowing journey began. Adrift in the Pacific Ocean in a raft, attacked by sharks, brutalized as a POW in Japanese slave-labor camps, Louis' is a tale of survival against all odds. This solid adaptation is half the length of the original, more visual (with more, and sometimes larger, photographs), less descriptive and swifter paced, and it avoids such adult themes as the sexual sadism of evil Cpl. Wat anabe, the man so intent on destroying Louis in the POW camp outside Tokyo. A fascinating appended interview with Louis Zamperini explores issues of survival and heroism. This fine adaptation ably brings an inspiring tale to younger readers. (notes, index [not seen]) (Nonfiction. 12 & up) Copyright Kirkus 2014 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.