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A Storm Too Soon (Young Readers Edition)

A Storm Too Soon (Young Readers Edition)

A Remarkable True Survival Story in 80 Foot Seas

True Storm Rescues

Michael J. Tougias

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)



When a forty-seven-foot sailboat disappears in the Gulf Stream in the throes of a disastrous storm, it leaves behind three weary passengers struggling to stay alive. This middle-grade adaptation of an adult nonfiction book tells the story of the four intrepid Coast Guardsmen who braved this ruthless storm in the hopes of saving them. A spellbinding tale of courage and survival from the author of The Finest Hours, now a major motion picture.





Seventy-foot waves batter a tattered life raft 250 miles out to sea in one of the world’s most dangerous places, the Gulf Stream. Hanging...


Praise for A Storm Too Soon (Young Readers Edition)

An NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book
A Junior Library Guild Selection

“Tougias' third-person narrative, condensed and more tightly focused than the adult version, brings to life the struggles and heroism of the sailors and rescuers alike, highlighting life lessons learned. . . A sure-fire hit with young readers who are always ready for a good disaster tale.”-Kirkus Reviews

"The dramatic narrative is engaging and won’t disappoint students who enjoy adventure or rescue stories"-School Library Journal

"This true story . . . reads like a thriller, with one thing after another going wrong and each challenge
seemingly impossible to overcome. The courage displayed by the team may inspire readers to learn more about their exciting (if life-threatening) careers."-Booklist

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Michael J. Tougias

Michael 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, Derek's Gift: A True Story of Love, Courage and Lesson's Learned, The Cringe Chronicles: Mortifying Misadventures With My Dad (co-written by Kristin Tougias), 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 at schools, Tougias lives in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Michael J. Tougias

From the Publisher

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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