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Publisher's Summary

A 2022 YALSA Amazing Audiobook for Young Adults
Winner of the 2021 Kirkus Prize for Young People's Literature
A 2021 Newbery Honor Book
A 2021 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book
A 2021 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist
A 2021 Orbis Pictus Honor Book

A unique account of the amazing Thai cave rescue told in a heart-racing, you-are-there style that blends suspense, science, and cultural insight.

On June 23, 2018, twelve young players of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach enter a cave in northern Thailand seeking an afternoon’s adventure. But when they turn to leave, rising floodwaters block their path out. The boys are trapped! Before long, news of the missing team spreads, launching a seventeen-day rescue operation involving thousands of rescuers from around the globe. As the world sits vigil, people begin to wonder: how long can a group of ordinary kids survive in complete darkness, with no food or clean water? Luckily, the Wild Boars are a very extraordinary "ordinary" group. Combining firsthand interviews of rescue workers with in-depth science and details of the region's culture and religion, author Christina Soontornvat—who was visiting family in Northern Thailand when the Wild Boars went missing—masterfully shows how both the complex engineering operation above ground and the mental struggles of the thirteen young people below proved critical in the life-or-death mission. Meticulously researched, this page-turner includes an author’s note describing her experience meeting the team, detailed source notes, and a bibliography to fully immerse readers in the most ambitious cave rescue in history.

©2020 Christina Soontornvat, original book published by Candlewick Press (P) 2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“When the action of the rescue ratchets up, Surasmith narrates with an exasperation that makes listeners feel like they too are trapped in the cave. This informative, engaging yet pithy audiobook is suitable for all audiences.” (AudioFile Magazine)

"In his audiobook debut, [Quincy] Surasmith narrates with a calm, journalistic demeanor and pays careful attention to the correct pronunciation of Thai names. His measured, clear presentation serves to highlight the hardworking determination of the rescue and the high stakes of the operation." (Booklist)

“An in-depth account of a harrowing real-life mission that succeeds against all odds...Masterful storytelling fleshes out the complex human emotions behind key decisions, illuminates diplomatic and political negotiations, and underscores an unwavering faith - in maintaining hope and in harnessing powers of the mind. Thoughtfully researched, expertly crafted. (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

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fantastic story!

this book was riveting from the start to finish! I remember watching the news at this time praying they would be found. author did a great job!

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Great story, full of facts, educational

I loved to listen to this book. The great story is full of facts and is very educational. I could not stop listening!

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Amazing!

Wow what an inspiring story! Highly recommend! Appropriate for children (probably ages 8+) and I think it would also be inspiring for them to hear this story. So many amazing people all over the world,working together to save those boys. We need more of this in our world.

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good family listen

Our family enjoyed this book on what would have otherwise been a boring stretch of a road trip, while my son was banned from screens for the day. I knew the outcome from being glued to the news in 2018. It includes lots of detail about the rescue that hasn't been covered in what I had known previously.

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Excellent story that has many life lessons attached. My students will love this rescue.

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Loved this story & perspective

Loved this story of amazing human achievement. The level of professional, amateur and local collaboration and expertise is heartwarming and impressive, and fills the heart with gratitude for knowledge and skills of all types and all levels. Without each piece, it could not have been successful.

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Amazing

what an amazing story! Truly a miraculous rescue! I loved listening to this book with my boys.