Trapped

How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert

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About The Book

The amazing story of the trapped Chilean miners and their incredible rescue that Publishers Weekly calls “a riveting, in-depth recounting of the events that held the world rapt.”

In early August 2010, the unthinkable happened when a mine collapsed in Copiapó, Chile, trapping thirty-three miners 2,000 feet below the surface. For sixty-nine days they lived on meager resources with increasingly poor air quality. When they were finally rescued, the world watched with rapt attention and rejoiced in the amazing spirit and determination of the miners. What could have been a terrible tragedy became an amazing story of survival.

In Trapped, Marc Aronson provides the backstory behind the rescue. By tracing the psychological, physical, and environmental factors surrounding the mission, Aronson highlights the amazing technology and helping hands that made it all possible. From the Argentinean soccer players that hoped to raise morale, to NASA volunteering their expertise to come up with a plan, there was no shortage of enterprising spirit when it came to saving lives. Readers will especially appreciate the eight pages of full-color photos, timeline, glossary, notes, and more.

About The Author

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Marc Aronson is the acclaimed author of Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert, which earned four starred reviews. He is also the author of Sir Walter Raleigh and the Quest for El Dorado, winner of the ALA's first Robert L. Sibert Award for nonfiction and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. He has won the LMP award for editing and has a PhD in American history from NYU. Marc lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with his wife and son. You can visit him online at MarcAronson.com.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 2019)
  • Length: 144 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442440258
  • Grades: 5 - 9
  • Ages: 10 - 14

Awards and Honors

  • CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books
  • CBC/NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book
  • Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year Selection Title

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