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Macmillan Children's Book

The Finest Hours (Young Readers Edition)

The True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue

True Rescue Series

Author: Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman

The Finest Hours (Young Readers Edition)

The Finest Hours (Young Readers Edition)

$5.36

About This Book

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 by the force of the storm....

Page Count
176
On Sale
01/14/2014

Book Details

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 by the force of the storm. This middle-grade adaptation of an adult nonfiction book tells the story of the shipwreck and a harrowing Coast Guard rescue when four men in a tiny lifeboat overcame insurmountable odds and saved more than 30 stranded sailors. This is a fast-paced, uplifting story that puts young readers in the middle of the action. It's a gripping story of heroism and survival with the same intensity as the bestselling book and movie The Perfect Storm.

Christy Ottaviano Books

New York Times bestselling author Michael J. Tougias adapts his histories of real life stories for young readers in his True Rescue Series, capturing the heroism and humanity of people on life-saving missions during maritime disasters.

Illustrated Chapter Books for ages 6-9:
True Rescue: The Finest Hours
True Rescue: A Storm Too Soon

Young Readers Adaptations, for ages 9-14
The Finest Hours (Young Readers Edition)
A Storm Too Soon (Young Readers Edition)
Into the Blizzard (Young Readers Edition)
Attacked at Sea (Young Readers Edition)

Imprint Publisher

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

ISBN

9780805097658

In The News

“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

“This book captures the wit, grit and sacrifice of Coasties and their boats.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

“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

“Nearly 57 years later, it's a breathtaking story that still defies the imagination.” —Cape Cod Chronicle

“It's good to know that real heroes exist . . . incredible.” —Concord Monitor

“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

“A gripping tale of Coast Guard heroism . . . an action-packed account of rescue at sea.” —Kirkus Reviews

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The Finest Hours (Young Readers Edition)

The Finest Hours (Young Readers Edition)

$5.36