Tuesday, December 8, 2020

120. True Rescue: The Finest Hours

True Rescue: The Finest Hours: The True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue. Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman. 2020. [December] 96 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence: February 18, 1952 Captain John Fitzgerald could barely stay on his feet aboard his rocking ship, the 503-foot-long oil tanker named Pendleton. Fitzgerald had been in bad weather before, but nothing like the winter storm that was now raging off Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

 Premise/plot: The Finest Hours is an early chapter book adaptation of a young readers adaptation of an adult nonfiction title. It is part of a series of true survivor stories. The intensity of the action is HIGH. And the books highlight the courage, determination, grit shown, and to some degree miraculous nature of events. 

In this one, an oil tanker splits in two, the bow and stern separate--of course--and it's unclear to those on board if help will ever come....

By chance another oil tanker splits in two and is able to send out a message....but it is the Pendleton that is found...

The narrative shifts between those on board the tanker AND those of the Coast Guard sent to save them...

My thoughts: Very intense. Action-packed. Quick read. I liked it.  


© 2020 Becky Laney of Young Readers

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