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The Finest Hours (Young Readers Edition): The True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue (True Rescue Series) Hardcover – Illustrated, January 14, 2014

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Gr 6 Up—This "young readers" adaptation of The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue (Scribner, 2009) tells the story of the 1952 rescue of 70 men (and the deaths of 14 more) aboard two oil tankers that were heavily damaged 20 miles apart during a fierce winter storm off Cape Cod. At times it reads as a character-driven narrative, with short, biographical sketches of many of the men; at other times, it speeds up with the pulse-pounding pace of a thriller. The authors ably capture the drama of the situation: seas at times reaching well over 50 feet, the "shudder and earsplitting crash" of a ship tossed on the waves, the pain screaming through the body of a man waiting to scramble out of the frigid water. On occasion, readers may get lost in some of the geographical details or names of crewmen that do not have a starring role. There are several pages of resources in the back matter, and a handful of them are available online. An inset containing 20 photographs is included. This poignant history should be an easy sell to readers of adventure, seafaring, or rescue stories. A Disney film is in development.—Bob Hassett, Luther Jackson Middle School, Falls Church, VA

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This young readers’ adaptation of the authors’ The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue (2009) was probably readied in anticipation of the upcoming Disney Studios film, and it’s no wonder—it includes the long odds, multiple young characters, and triumph of the human spirit that made films like The Perfect Storm and The Poseidon Adventure blockbusters. It’s perhaps a tougher job to pull off in so few pages, as most of the characters go undefined beyond their courage. But what courage it is! In February of 1952, a violent nor’easter off the Cape Cod coast ripped in half not one but two tankers, leading to three separate and practically suicidal rescue attempts. The accounts of each rescue’s logistics—for example, sailors trying to time their leaps from their destroyed tanker to the rescue boat amid rocking waves—are nail-biting, and they are relayed by the authors with an effectively sober, just-the-facts terseness. It’s invigorating if frustratingly abridged; those truly interested would do well to check out the original, too. Grades 6-9. --Daniel Kraus

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Henry Holt; 1st edition (January 14, 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 176 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0805097643
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0805097641
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 9 - 14 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 1140L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 4 - 8
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.2 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.35 x 0.81 x 9.38 inches
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