Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert by Marc Aronson

trappedThough I knew the basics of this story from watching the news during and after the rescue, it was really interesting to find out the rest of the story.  I especially liked how the book included black and white photos and charts throughout the book [and the small section of color photos and charts in the middle] to give readers a better understanding of what was being explained.  Including information about mines in general was also a nice touch, so readers who are not familiar with mining could better appreciate the dangers faced by the miners and all of the people who were working to rescue them.

After the chronological narrative ended, there were a number of appendices.  I found it helpful that the list of the 33 miners included a link to a website with more biographical information about each of the men and that there was a separate list of websites to which readers could go to find more information.  The annotated timeline, glossary, list of notes and sources, and bibliography also provide excellent means for readers to continue their research if they so desire.  Even though this book was presented in simplified terms to keep it accessible to young readers, the author did not compromise on the integrity of his research and citations, and that is simply awesome!

Happy Reading!

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