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The #1 New York Times  bestseller about the Greatest Generation freshly adapted for the next generation.For readers of  Unbroken, out of the depths of the Great Depression comes the astonishing tale of nine working-class boys from the American West who at the 1936 Olympics showed the world what true grit really meant. With rowers who were the sons of loggers, shipyard workThe #1 New York Times  bestseller about the Greatest Generation freshly adapted for the next generation.For readers of  Unbroken, out of the depths of the Great Depression comes the astonishing tale of nine working-class boys from the American West who at the 1936 Olympics showed the world what true grit really meant. With rowers who were the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew was never expected to defeat the elite East Coast teams, yet they did, going on to shock the world by challenging the German boat rowing for Adolf Hitler.At the center of the tale is Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, whose personal quest captures the spirit of his generation—the generation that would prove in the coming years that the Nazis could not prevail over American determination and optimism.This deeply emotional yet easily accessible young readers adaptation of the award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller features never-before-seen photographs, highly visual back matter, and an exclusive new introduction....

Title : The Boys in the Boat: The True Story of an American Team's Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics
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ISBN : 9780451475923
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Number of Pages : 227 Pages
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The Boys in the Boat: The True Story of an American Team's Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics Reviews

  • David
    2018-09-04 13:09

    5.0 Brilliant!!! This was one of the best books I have read in a long time. The fact that my heart started pumping during the description of numerous races I already knew the outcome to speaks volumes about the skills of the author. As amazing as the story of the competitions may have been it was the lessons in life threaded throughout the book that will stay with me the most. I love the messages of perseverance against all odds, hardwork, overcoming heartbreak, the power of teamwork, selflessness, the love of two soul mates, the lessons of history, the spirit at the heart of America, setting and attaining goals and ultimately good overcoming evil that are found after every turn of a page. I think this young adult adaptation is phenomenal and I will most definitely be reading the adult version at some point because I didn't want this book to end and I think it gives a more thorough account of some of the major historical events. This young adult version has the right mixture of history, excitement, and inspiration for my students. I can't wait to see what they think.

  • Sandra
    2018-08-27 11:05

    This is one of those books I just couldn't put down. I am quite interested in WWII, and to have a true success story, with Nazi Germany as a back ground, well, this was a double dip of happiness for me. In addition, the author weaves together the unrelenting depression, when so many lost so much, including Joe Rantz's family. There is just so much in this book. The dust bowl. Weather statistics that have yet to be broken. Child abandonment. The Olympics of 1936, in Nazi Germany. And the deliberate deception perpetrated by Hitler and his SS to hide and deceive the rest of the world. Page 359...."Within days of the closing ceremony of the 1936 Olympics, the Nazis renewed their persecution of German Jews and others to whom they believed they were superior.....the brutality, the terror resumed..."

  • Brittnee
    2018-09-11 19:02

    I accidentally checked out this version, the "young readers" adaption by mistake but I'm glad I did. :) I didn't know much about rowing before reading this - so fun to learn about it. I really, really enjoyed reading the story of these guys - about hard work, perseverance and overcoming when the odds are stacked against them. I couldn't help but get teary-eyed at the end. This book is a great read for all ages!

  • Laura
    2018-08-30 11:55

    Very well done and interesting.

  • Kim Clifton
    2018-09-08 14:44

    I'm not a runner, so the one time I stood at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, I was shocked when I found myself crying. Watching people push themselves to do something against the limits of human athleticism moved me in a way I couldn't expect. Reading this book must have been a similar experience because I found myself choking up the entire time. I don't even like sports. Why is my face so wet?!?

  • Lorea Roson
    2018-09-12 10:45

    I really liked this book. It was an interesting story about a guy named Joe Rantz whos mother died when he was very young and the woman that his father remarried, hated Joe. I read the children's edition and i imagine that the original is great too.

  • Rose
    2018-09-24 14:04

    This was a phenomenal read, and one I wouldn't have begun had it not been on my lit group's discussion list. What did I know or care about rowing? But as much as I learned about that grueling and exacting sport, I learned more about the times in which this book was set, the human condition, and the politics of sport than I had ever expected to know. This is the story of the U of Washington's crew team that won at the Berlin Olympics in 1936. The story centers around one member of the crew, Joe Rantz, whom the author met just before Mr. Rantz passed away and who directed that any book Brown might write be about all the boys in the boat, not just him. Mr. Brown honored that directive from beginning to end.The amount of research the author had to do to write this book is simply voluminous, and how he managed to include so much of it so deftly is really amazing to me. Every paragraph is packed full of information -- about Joe or one of the other boys; about the Depression; about the coaches; about the sport of rowing; about how the rowing shells (boats) are built; about Nazi Germany; about the industries of the times. Yet the story, the story, -- that rises through and above all the information so clearly that I didn't get bogged down at all. I learned, but I also exulted with the good times, worried about the challenges, grew angry at Joe's father, felt the tension of each important crew race, enough so that at one point I wanted to chide the author for building the setting so well and just get on with the race! I am in awe of Daniel James Brown's skill at assembling, sorting, and interweaving so much information without losing the story, without becoming didactic or providing information just because he had it available. Everything works together to create a larger whole -- just as the boys in the boat worked together to create something larger than themselves.This is a superb piece of writing. And an equally fine reading experience, one which will stay alive long after I've gone on to other books. I heartily recommend it.

  • Abby Johnson
    2018-09-14 11:44

    Okay. So, first of all, I have read the original adult version of this book (listened to the audiobook) and LOVVVEEEDDD it. So this is truly a review of the adaptation for young people. It included my favorite bits, which were compellingly written play-by-plays of the important races that the guys rowed. I think there was less of an emphasis on the elite history of the sport of rowing crew, which softened the edge of competition between the crews from the West and the crews from the East. I think this book still does bring history to life in a nice way (for example: as the boys are coming home west from a competition in the East, they travel through dust storms that were the start of the Dust Bowl). I also think that this is a great story of a working class kid, a kid with the deck really stacked against him, defying the odds and doing something awesome. It's a lesson in resiliency and hard work paying off without feeling like a lesson. But a big (maybe fatal?) flaw for me in this young reader's version is the inclusion of a photo of some of the boys at the 1936 Olympics wearing feathers tied around their heads (a la "playing Indian") with zero explanation of what they are doing. The caption just states their names. It is inappropriate to include this photo of stereotypical cultural appropriation at all, let alone with no explanation or historical note. I would rather have no photo than this one included. I'm guessing it was also included in the adult version of the book (I don't know for sure since I listened to the audiobook), which still bothers me but bothers me less since I would expect adult readers to come to the book with a larger frame of reference with which to interpret this offensive photo.

  • Nina
    2018-09-21 15:55

    My book club picked this book for its latest selection. It's become quite a popular book becoming a pick for "One Book, One Community" so I thought I'd have no trouble getting a copy at the library. I was wrong. But I found one available copy! It had a different cover than the others, but didn't think anything of it. Come to find out, I've been reading the 'Young Readers Adaptation' the whole time. I blew through most of the book in one night, bragged to my book club about finishing early and thinking my son would really like this book! I've added my name to the hold for the unabridged version wondering what I've missed, if I should make the effort to read that book too or move on with my other TBRs. What made this book so special for me was the local connection, about a rowing team from Seattle, Washington. I could just imagine the scenery, weather and water described in the book since I have paddled the frigid waters of the Pacific Northwest in my kayak. I'm also enjoying extending my learning on this book, watching black and white clips of the 1936 gold medal race on You Tube and interviews with the author.What I found especially curious was how this book came to be. The author was invited to Joe Rantz's house because he liked the author's other book. Um, in his other book he wrote about the lost Donner Party. Creepy! Now that I mentioned it, I might like to read that too.

  • Laura Moss
    2018-09-10 11:41

    Apparently, I listened to the YA version on audiobook without realizing it. I didn't even know there was more than one version. Come to find out that authors are currently releasing versions of non-fiction books for young readers that have graphic scenes edited out. I think that's wonderful! From what I found out, the original version of this particular book was not really graphic, so much as, it contains more detailed descriptions of rowing that might be difficult for younger readers to understand. So, I feel like I got the meat and potatoes of the story and was able to read it more quickly. Very enjoyable and inspiring story. Highly recommended!

  • Mrs.Barrett
    2018-08-27 18:54

    The Boys in the Boat is fantastic! I really did not think that I would love a book about rowing/crew as much as I did. This book really hooks the reader in with the interesting backstories of "the boys," Joe Rantz in particular.Their quest for the 1936 Olympics is fascinating as well. It's a wonderful book with a good selection of images, diagrams and timelines.

  • Valerie
    2018-09-23 17:07

    My nine year old and I read the Young Reader's version of this book together and we both loved it! We were hooked from the very beginning and didn't want to put it down each night. Who knew that rowing could be so intense and exciting? I love that this was such an inspiring, memorable read for us to share together. I would highly recommend this and I'm picking up the adult book to read again.

  • Julie Suzanne
    2018-09-21 11:48

    I had no interest in reading this. It's about sports. Enough said. So this was assigned reading, really. It's a Battle of the Books pick, so I was stuck with it. I listened to the audiobook, and OH MY GOD. I gripped the steering wheel in my car in suspense during descriptions of races, I cried multiple times, I cheered out loud, and I had feelings, feelings, feelings about a sport. What a story, and what a writer to make me care about the boys in the boat. I give it 4 stars just for the brilliance of someone who can elicit that from me with this topic, but I give it an extra star because I had a change of perspective. If you had asked me about whether or not we should have boycotted the Olympic Games in Nazi Germany, 1936, I would have adamantly said, "Absolutely." However, after the vicarious experience of all of those races and finding out that Joe's team was going to make it to the Olympics after all, the thought of boycotting was as absurd as I had previously thought NOT boycotting had been. How could we not let those boys go, just because of politics? But it wasn't just politics; it was like 11 million I had to really think, and seeing different perspectives helps me grow a little. I have a new respect for the Olympics, rowing, and, to be honest, writers. If you could make me like this book, I realize that anyone can sell me anything, given enough talent. LOVED THIS BOOK, and I hope my students will give it a try as well.

  • Alissa
    2018-09-10 15:08

    This book is adapted for middle grade readers from the original adult non-fiction book of the same name. I read this aloud with my 9 year old who happens to love reading non-fiction. I actually liked this version of the book even better than the original, which I read several years ago. It omits some of the repetitive elements (I remember feeling like I was getting a weather report for every single day of Joe's college rowing career) without losing the overall story at all. I do still wish we got to know a few of the other rowers as well as we get to know Joe Rantz but overall I thought it was well done and it held my son's interest over the course of the month or so we took to read this. There are definitely some serious themes to contend with - Nazism, poverty, child neglect and abandonment - so I understand why it is aimed for kids slightly older than my son and parents should be prepared for questions and conversations accordingly. If you haven't rad the original yet, I'd say read this instead, with or without your children.

  • Lisa
    2018-09-14 13:42

    I am absolutely positively not interested in sports so this book has sat on my night stand for a year. Finally began to read it and was hooked. The book is about the journey in terms of personal histories of the boys-and one in particular-and their incredible ability to overcome difficult lives. Perseverance and hard work and ultimately forgiveness.Along with the wonderful character development, the background of what was happening in the US and Germany during those years was done so well. The dust bowl and depression and the New Deal were presented in a way that made you feel a part of history. The reasoning behind Germany hosting the olympics was explained as one part of Hitler's diabolical plan. It is frightening to see how methodical he was in the preparations in order to present an innocent face to the world...This is a fabulous story that I highly recommend.

  • Estela Torres
    2018-09-11 14:50

    At first, I didn't really like this book because there was a lot of information and not really a story. I felt sad for Joe's childhood and his way of life. The details that the author provides really make you feel sad about the way that Joe had to live. But suddenly, there was a change in this book, it got really exciting. There was a conflict, a goal to reach. The hard work that the boys had to make every day to be able to reach that goal has encouraged me to work hard and reach my goals. This book is a real example of the benefits you get for hard work, and even though the beginning is tough, its worth the end of this story.

  • Judy
    2018-09-09 13:10

    This is an amazing book about how the members of the University of Washington rowing team won the national rowing title and then went on to win the gold medal at the 1936 Munich Olympics. Even though I knew how the book was going to end, my heart was racing during the descriptions of each of the matches and I was turning the pages as quickly as possible to keep up with the story. I have recommended this book to numerous friends.

  • Carla
    2018-09-06 17:09

    I know my brief somewhat negative review of this story will perhaps not go over well. This is STRONGLY loved by almost everyone that reads it. I found it way too wordy, dry, and somewhat uninteresting. I enjoyed the parts about the "boys", the boat, the race, and their perseverance, but found the rest tedious. I could have read a book about the boys in the boat and their journey to the 1936 Olympics that was pared down to 200 pages and really enjoyed it. Just my take on it. This was our Non-Fiction book club pick for June 2017.

  • Trevor
    2018-09-07 11:07

    The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown is an unlikely story about a rowing team who won a gold medal at the 1936 Olympics. Despite the overwhelming circumstances that they were forced to overcome, the boys were able to beat the odds. The dramatic scenes and unforgettable moments captured by Daniel James Brown is why I rate it three out of five stars.

  • Pattie
    2018-08-31 10:58

    Genre: Young Adult Nonfiction: PGI really loved the messages in this book. The message of hope, hard work, forgiveness, overcoming obstacles, teamwork, and the American Spirit make this story incredible. This is another book every student should read. *There are two versions of this book. The author wrote this book for young readers.

  • Kristin
    2018-09-13 17:57

    I really enjoyed this book! It reads like a novel with well-developed characters and beautiful descriptions. I was previewing it for my middle school non-fiction unit, and it's a keeper for sure. Now I need to read the adult version.

  • Josephine
    2018-09-06 13:46

    We were supposed to be reading The Boys in the Boat for book club this month. I requested it from the online library and while doing so, saw that there was a young readers edition, so requested this one as well. The original version came available first, so I began reading it and promptly fell asleep on the couch while reading. That's rare for me. I can't remember the last time I fell asleep reading.Anyhow, this young readers audio version came available shortly after that and I was able to listen to it while I did house work and I was hooked! What a fantastic story it told, without all the boring details of the original version. I didn't get far in the original version, so I can't give an accurate comparison so I will just say, if you wanted to know the story of Joe Rantz and the American Olympic rowing team of 1936 but don't want to be bored with too many details of rowing and Nazi Germany, this might just be the book for you!

  • Carly
    2018-09-05 14:43

    This was an amazing book!! Even though I knew how it ended before starting the book it still kept me engaged. I definitely recommend!

  • Achandra
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  • Emily Wallace
    2018-09-16 14:06

    Can't wait to read this out loud to my own kids! Fantastic book.

  • Rachel
    2018-09-09 16:48

    Very inspiring story!

  • Todd Miles
    2018-09-20 13:01

    I read this out loud to my 9-, 10-, and 12-year old sons. They were more and more entertained as the story progressed. The longer book will get a higher rating from me. Reading this to my children did stimulate some good conversations about what a good parent is.

  • Nancy
    2018-09-24 17:45

    I must explain at the beginning that I unwittingly picked up a copy of this book at the library which happened to be adapted for young readers. Also, I had just viewed a PBS special about this very story, so for me the element of suspense had been taken away. So my reaction to the original book might have been different, especially if the story were new to me. I suppose the language used was at an 8th grade level, but that was not the problem. I felt that the moment-by-moment description of each race became so repetitive (how many strokes per minute, and how many lengths were made up before crossing the finish line) that I lost interest. The story of Joe Rantz, one of the boys on the boat, his humble and difficult childhood, and his courage in overcoming the challenges he faced at a young age, was the best aspect of the book and well worth knowing.

  • Ani J
    2018-09-17 11:59

    The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown, is an INCREDIBLE story that is really inspirational. Joe Rantz is a boy growing up in the Great Depression, but along with an econimic downfall is the downfall of Joe's immediate family. When Joe is about 3 years old, his mother dies. His father remarries, and Joe's stepmother, Thula refusses to accept Joe into her household. Joe is repetitively abbandoned, and later moves in with his brother, Fred. Joe graduates high school, and goes to the University of Washington, and is recruited by Al Ulbrickson to the rowing team. Joe makes the cut for the first freshman boat, and has an incredible season. Joe comes back for his sophmore year, and joins the junior varsity boat, and then makes it to the varsity boat. That year, 1936, is the year of the Olympics in Berlin, and Adolf Hitler has just come into rule of Germany. Joe has a great season while on the varsity boat, and his boat makes an incredible journy with many hardships to become the crew to represent America in the Olympics. However, right before their race, Don Hume, the stroke of the boat falls ill, but he rows anyway. Washington makes an incredible push to win gold, coming all the way from dead last to winning by a couple of seconds. This book really inspired me, and had me yelling at the end! I would recommend this book to all ages, and especially to young rowers. This book doesn't deserve 5 stars. It deserves an infinite amount of stars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kim McGee
    2018-09-06 14:02

    Everyone loves a story about an underdog but this rag tag team of mainly non-athletes got their act together and took on first the elite east coast schools and then the world to win the gold medal at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Author Daniel James Brown gives us a very personal look at what lengths this team had to get past to achieve greatness and it is a brilliant approach to teaching young people how to overcome adversity. He gives the reader vignettes about a few of the rowers early lives and childhood as well as how the team became a team. The book is centered around the story of Joe Rantz who was literally on his own much of his childhood and totally from age 15. The country was going through the Great Depression which meant most families were going through hard times and going to college was almost unheard of. These young men had to support themselves, fight to train and in many cases also work on the side to help their families. It is a story of overcoming challenges, working hard to find your way in an unfamiliar world and learning to trust your teammates. My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy.