Trapped: Book summary and reviews of Trapped by Marc Aronson

Trapped

How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert

by Marc Aronson

Trapped by Marc Aronson

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In early August 2010, the unthinkable happened when a mine collapsed in Copiapo, Chile, and 33 miners were trapped 2,000 feet below the surface. For sixty-nine days they lived on meager resources and increasingly poor air quality. When they were finally rescued, the world watched with rapt attention and rejoiced in the amazing spirit and determination of the miners. What could have been a terrible tragedy became an amazing story of survival.

Now, with exclusive interviews with rescuers and expert commentary, Marc Aronson brings us the backstory behind this incredible event. By tracing the psychological, physical, and environmental factors surrounding the rescue, Trapped highlights the amazing technology and helping hands that made it all possible. From the Argentinean soccer players who hoped to raise morale, to NASA volunteering their expertise to come up with a plan, there was no shortage of enterprising spirit when it came to saving lives.

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"Starred Review. [A] riveting, in-depth recounting of the events that held the world rapt… Extensive author and source notes, a bibliography, and suggested reading leave plenty for readers to explore. Ages 8-12." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Masterful storytelling brings to life a story that most think they already know; the 33 miners trapped in a Chilean copper mine for 69 days in 2010. Grades 7+." - School Library Journal

"Aronson's first work about a current event may leave readers feeling claustrophobic, but they'll be inspired by this modern-day tale of survival. Ages 9-14." - Kirkus

"Starred Review. Much more than just a chronicle of the Chilean mining disaster of 2010, Aronson’s well-researched and riveting book gives readers the sense that they’re in the San JosÉ copper mine…Peppered with engaging quotes, the text is fluid and attention-grabbing." - The Horn Book Magazine

"Starred Review. Well-chosen quotes and interviews humanize the headlines, and Aronson’s dramatic writing achieves a sense of taut suspense that will captivate young readers." - Booklist

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Marc Aronson is the author of the critically acclaimed Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado, winner of the ALA's first Robert L. Sibert Information Book Award for nonfiction and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. He has also written Art Attack: A Brief Cultural History of the Avant-Garde. A passionate spokesperson for young-adult literature, he has written many articles on the subject that have been published in two collections, the most recent of which is Beyond the Pale: New Essays for a New Era. He has won the LMP Award for editing and has a PhD in American history from NYU. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with his wife and son.

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