Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian’s Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive

Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive Author Laura Hillenbrand
ISBN-10 0385742525
ISBN-13 9780385742528
Year 2017-04-25
Pages 320
Language English
Publisher Ember
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In this captivating and lavishly illustrated young adult edition of her award winning 1 New York Timesbestseller Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of a former Olympian s courage cunning and fortitude following his plane crash in enemy territory This adaptation of Unbroken introduces a new generation to one of history s most thrilling survival epics On a May afternoon in 1943 an American military plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil gasoline and blood Then on the ocean surface a face appeared It was that of a young lieutenant the planes bombardier who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard So began one of the most extraordinary sagas of the Second World War The lieutenants name was Louis Zamperini As a boy he had been a clever delinquent breaking into houses brawling and stealing As a teenager he had channeled his defiance into running discovering a supreme talent that carried him to the Berlin Olympics But when war came the athlete became an airman embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight a tiny raft and a drift into the unknown Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean leaping sharks a sinking raft thirst and starvation enemy aircraft and beyond a trial even greater Driven to the limits of endurance Zamperini would respond to desperation with ingenuity suffering with hope and humor brutality with rebellion His fate whether triumph or tragedy would hang on the fraying wire of his will Featuring more than one hundred photographs plus an exclusive interview with Zamperini this breathtaking odysseyalso captured on film by director Angelina Jolieis a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the ability to endure against the unlikeliest of odds Praise forUnbroken This adaptation of Hillenbrand s adult bestseller is highly dramatic and exciting as well as painful to read as it lays bare man s hellish inhumanity to man Booklist STARRED This captivating book emphasizes the importance of determination the will to survive against impossible odds and support from family and friends A strong well written work SLJ This fine adaptation ably brings an inspiring tale to young readers Kirkus

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