by Marc Aronson

Price at time of review: $16.99
134 pp.
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
New York, NY
ISBN: 9781416913979

Grade Level: 6-8

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer

The entire world watched and prayed as an international team focused on rescuing 33 Chilean miners trapped 2,300 feet under the Atacama Desert. This NSTA/CBC Outstanding Trade Book goes beyond the headlines, describing the the challenges, the engineering efforts, and the successes of the rescuers.

Middle and secondary readers won't be able put this small nonfiction book down! The suspense of the rescue effort hasn't diminished with time. Since the heroes are not just first responders but engineers, the book also provides many sections that could be shared with the class as a whole or used as prompts for student responses.

There are good photographs to enhance the text, appendices which list the miners and provide a glossary, notes, and an index. This is a good book for personal reading; it will motivate students to learn more about the world's driest desert, mining engineering, and to appreciate the value of international cooperation.

Review posted on 1/20/2012

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