All Thirteen

All Thirteen

The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team

Book - 2020/10
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A 2021 Newbery Honor Book
A 2021 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book
A 2021 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist

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.

On June 23, 2018, twelve young players of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach enter a cave in northern Thailand seeking an afternoon's adventure. But when they turn to leave, rising floodwaters block their path out. The boys are trapped! Before long, news of the missing team spreads, launching a seventeen-day rescue operation involving thousands of rescuers from around the globe. As the world sits vigil, people begin to wonder: how long can a group of ordinary kids survive in complete darkness, with no food or clean water? Luckily, the Wild Boars are a very extraordinary "ordinary" group. Combining firsthand interviews of rescue workers with in-depth science and details of the region's culture and religion, author Christina Soontornvat--who was visiting family in Northern Thailand when the Wild Boars went missing--masterfully shows how both the complex engineering operation above ground and the mental struggles of the thirteen young people below proved critical in the life-or-death mission. Meticulously researched and generously illustrated with photographs, this page-turner includes an author's note describing her experience meeting the team, detailed source notes, and a bibliography to fully immerse readers in the most ambitious cave rescue in history.
Publisher: Candlewick Press 2020/10
ISBN: 9781536209457
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER


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Tigard_HollyCP Jan 18, 2021

Amazing story of international cooperation that led to the rescue of all 13 members of the Wild Boars soccer team who were trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand for 2 weeks in 2018. In the against-all-odds rescue, the author focused not only on the key players of the operation, some of whom escaped the limelight but who were no less important than those who received all the media attention, but also on the boys themselves, who displayed amazing strength and calm throughout. The Thai American author (who does not speak Thai herself) interviewed many of the people involved with the help of Thai translators and also used the expertise of a 4th grade American class to find out what kids would want to know about this incredible story.

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