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The Finest Hours (Young Readers Edition)

The Finest Hours (Young Readers Edition)

The True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue

Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman

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This adaptation for young readers of The Finest Hours: The True Story of the US Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman tells the story of the shipwreck of two oil tankers and the harrowing Coast Guard rescue when four men in a tiny lifeboat overcame insurmountable odds and saved more than 30 stranded sailors. Now a major motion picture from Disney, starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck.

On the night of February 18, 1952, during one of the worst winter storms that New England has ever seen, two oil tankers just off the shore of Cape Cod were torn in half. With the storm in full force and waves up to 70 feet high, four coast guardsmen headed out to sea in a tiny lifeboat to come to the rescue. They were the only hope for the stranded sailors. Despite incredible obstacles, these brave men risked their lives, remembering the unofficial Coast Guard motto: You have to go out, but you do not have to come back.

This is a fast-paced, uplifting story that puts young readers in the middle of the action. It's a gripping true tale of heroism and survival in the face of the elements.



Chatham, Massachusetts: February 18, 1952

Boatswain's mate first class Bernie Webber held a mug of hot coffee in his large hands as he stared out the foggy window of the...


Praise for The Finest Hours (Young Readers Edition)

“This poignant history should be an easy sell to readers of adventure, seafaring, or rescue stories. A Disney film is in development.” —School Library Journal

The Finest Hours is a touching account, a sensitive rendering of what might be called four indescribably chaotic conditions. . . . Tougias and Sherman never sensationalize, never go beyond the facts, and yet capture all the pain, physical and emotional, of the survivors and their families.” —Providence Journal on The Finest Hours (Simon & Schuster edition)

“This book captures the wit, grit and sacrifice of Coasties and their boats.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune on The Finest Hours (Simon & Schuster edition)

“Tougias and Sherman reach their peak of tension in the sink-or-swim moments when mariners abandoned ship and chanced their lives on their rescuers' skill and bravery. . . . Excellent.” —Booklist on The Finest Hours (Simon & Schuster edition)

“Nearly 57 years later, it's a breathtaking story that still defies the imagination.” —Cape Cod Chronicle on The Finest Hours (Simon & Schuster edition)

“It's good to know that real heroes exist. . . . Incredible.” —Concord Monitor on The Finest Hours (Simon & Schuster edition)

“Gripping. . . . Tougias and Sherman ably narrate the desperate struggles of crew members on both the wrecks and the rescue boats. . . . Will make readers appreciate the bravery of the men who put their lives on the line. . . . Action-packed.” —Publishers Weekly on The Finest Hours (Simon & Schuster edition)

“A gripping tale of Coast Guard heroism. . . . An action-packed account of rescue at sea.” —Kirkus Reviews on The Finest Hours (Simon & Schuster edition)

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About the author

Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman

Michael J. Tougias is the author of many true rescue stories, including A Storm Too Soon, Overboard!, Fatal Forecast: An Incredible True Tale of Disaster at Sea, and Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do, which ALA named an Editor's Choice and Booklist praised "as the best story of peril at sea since The Perfect Storm." A frequent lecturer on his work, Tougias lives in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Casey Sherman is an award winning journalist and bestselling author of six books including Animal, A Rose for Mary, Bad Blood, Black Irish, and Black Dragon. He received the Edward R. Murrow Award for Journalistic Excellence as a member of the CBS Boston news team, and has been nominated for an Emmy Award. A featured guest on major television networks and news programs, Sherman has lectured at The National Press Club and the US Coast Guard Command Center in Washington, D.C. He lives in Marshfield, Massachusetts.

Michael J. Tougias

Casey Sherman

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