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Rising Water: The Story of the Thai Cave Rescue

Rising Water: The Story of the Thai Cave Rescue

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The incredible true story of the twelve boys trapped with their coach in a flooded cave in Thailand and their inspiring rescue--as seen in Ron Howard's Thirteen Lives.

On June 23, 2018, twelve members of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach were exploring the Tham Luang cave complex in northern Thailand when disaster struck. A rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels, trapping them as they took shelter on a shelf of the dark cave. Eight days of searching yielded no signs of life, but on July 2 they were discovered by two British divers. The boys and their coach were eventually rescued in an international operation that took three days. What could have been a terrible tragedy became an amazing story of survival.

Award-winning author Marc Aronson brings us the backstory behind how this astounding rescue took place. Rising Water highlights the creative thinking and technology that made a successful mission possible by examining the physical, environmental, and psychological factors surrounding the rescue. From the brave Thai Navy SEAL who lost his life while placing oxygen tanks along the passageways of the cave, to the British divers that ultimately swam the boys to safety, to the bravery of the boys and their coach, this is the breathtaking rescue that captivated the entire world.

Author: Marc Aronson
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Published: 03/19/2019
Pages: 160
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.70lbs
Size: 8.40h x 6.40w x 0.80d
ISBN: 9781534444133
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 7.5
Point Value: 4
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 502394 / Rising Water: The Story of the Thai Cave Rescue

Review Citation(s):
School Library Journal 03/01/2019 pg. 130
Kirkus Reviews 02/15/2019 pg. 89
Booklist 03/15/2019 pg. 60
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 04/01/2019
Horn Book Magazine 05/01/2019 pg. 152
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2019 - Superior,Well Above Average

About the Author
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 Rising Water: The Story of the Thai Cave Rescue and Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado, winner of the ALA's first Robert F. 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 New York University. Marc is a member of the full-time faculty in the graduate program of the Rutgers School of Communication and Information. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with his wife, Marina Budhos, and sons. You can visit him online at

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