Boys in the Boat : The True Story of an American Team's Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics
by Brown, Daniel James; Mone, Gregory (ADP)

Who's Whoviii
A Note from the Authorx
1 Only Nine Seats
2 A Dream Life Shattered
3 A Thousand and One Small Things
4 Life in Exile
5 Making the Climb
6 Another Chance at a Home
7 A Rare and Sacred Thing
8 Going It Alone
9 Part of a Single Thing
10 A Broken Machine
11 The Makings of Something Exceptional
12 Almost Without Pain
13 Stay Out of Our Life
14 Driven Nearly to Madness
15 Battle in California
16 Rage, Fear, and Uncertainty
17 Difficult and Dangerous Work
18 The Parts That Really Matter
19 A Truth to Come to Terms With
20 Finding Their Swing
21 Save, Save, Save
22 Here's Where We Take California
23 Rowing for Liberty
24 Fighting, Fuming, and Coming Together
25 A Game of Cat and Mouse
26 In the Race of Their Lives
Timeline of Events216(2)
The Art of Rowing218(2)

Describes the American rowing team's triumphant and unlikely win during the 1936 Olympics.

Daniel James Brown is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Boys in the Boat, which won the ABA Nonfiction Book of the Year Award and the Washington State Book Award. His two previous nonfiction books, The Indifferent Stars Above and Under a Flaming Sky, were both finalists for the Washington State Book Award. He has taught writing at San Jose State University and Stanford University. He lives outside Seattle. You can learn more at 

*Starred Review* Adapted from the adult best-seller The Boys in the Boat (2013), this quietly compelling story tells of the University of Washington rowing team that competed in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. While every race story is essentially the same, the accounts of these races are riveting-all the more so near the end of the narrative, when readers have come to know the oarsmen and their personal stories. The main focus is Joe Rantz. Sent away at age 4 to live with relatives after his mother's death, and later turned out of his father's house again at age 10, this time at his stepmother's insistence, Joe grew up working hard. He became physically strong and self-reliant, but the emotional hardship took its toll. Determined to make the rowing team in order to stay at the university, he ultimately gained much more from the experience than his initial goals of an education and economic security. The word teamwork, which can sound humdrum to kids in coaches' droning lectures, doesn't adequately describe the connection shared by the men in that boat in 1936. Illustrated with vintage photos, this moving book offers young people a vivid sense of that shared experience. A Depression-era story with timeless appeal. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Adapting Brown's bestselling work of the same title (2013), Mone streamlines the true story of nine young men from the University of Washington who, against all odds, won the gold medal in rowing at the 1936 Olympics. The Husky Clipper was "a graceful needle of cedar and spruce," a racing shell manned by an eight-oar crew very different from their Ivy League counterparts. They were the sons of farmers, loggers, and fishermen, hardy young men fully up to the rigors of training, each committed "to being part of something larger and more powerful and more important than himself." Against the backdrop of the Great Depression and the rise of Nazi Germany, the inspiring tale of young Joe Rantz and his teammates is also about the many people who helped to make them heroes—the coaches, parents, fundraisers, girlfriends, and boat builders. Offering a model of masterful nonfiction writing, Brown expertly balances the leisurely pacing of the protagonists' back stories with the exc iting race scenes, related with concrete nouns, lively verbs, and short sentences, selected and adapted for this edition by Mone. Many photographs, an easy-to-read timeline, and notes on "The Art of Rowing," complete with a diagram, add visual appeal. A fine companion to Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken (2014), also about the 1936 Olympics and also adapted for young readers. (Nonfiction. 10-14) Copyright Kirkus 2015 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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