Following the success of the adult version of this book, Daniel James Brown adapted The Boys in the Boat for Young Readers (Lexile: 1000; Interest Level: Grades 5-11). This is a true story of the 1936 Olympic Rowing Team and their race for the gold medal.
I was hooked into this book from the prologue, where the author describes his first meeting with Joe Rantz as he begins to learn the remarkable story of one of the members of this rowing team. The description of learning such a big story that has never been told makes one wonder how many stories like this have not been told!
The actual story itself begins with the arrival of Joe Rantz at the University of Washington, moving across campus toward the boathouse where the rowing team tryouts would be. From there, we begin an amazing journey of learning about the sport of rowing, the time period after the Great Depression and before World War II, and the life of a very interesting, hard-working young man. Those who enjoy nonfiction, historical information, and unique sports will enjoy this story. (240 p.)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.