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ISBN: 9781442440258
Author: Aronson, Marc
Publisher: Atheneum
Published: March 2019
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: Traces the dramatic 2010 survival story of the Chilean miners who endured 69 days underground after a mine collapse, drawing on exclusive interviews with rescuers to provide coverage of the psychological, environmental and technological factors that contributed to their rescue. Simultaneous.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | History - Central & South America
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature - Disasters
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Technology - General
Dewey: 363.119
Lexile Measure: 1070
Target Grade: 4-6
Grade level: 4-6
Physical Information: 1.00" H x 100.00" L x 5.00" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Middle School, History, High School
Grade level(s): 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
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Contributor Bio(s): Aronson, Marc: - 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 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 NYU. 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 MarcAronson.com.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring)
Aronson's well-researched and riveting chronicle of the Chilean mining disaster of 2010 gives readers the sense they're alongside the "thirty-three men, who had disappeared, eaten by the rock." He describes their physical hardships and emotional turmoil; he also details, in depth, the incredible topside rescue efforts. Peppered with engaging quotes, the text is fluid and attention-grabbing. Photographs and diagrams are included. Timeline, websites. Bib., glos., ind. Copyright 2012 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2011 #5)
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 alongside the "thirty-three men, who had disappeared, eaten by the rock" as he describes their physical hardships (scarce rations, no medicines, ninety-degree temperatures) and emotional turmoil ("This hell is killing me"). He also details, in depth, the goings-on topside -- the incredible rescue effort that included "everyone from experts on undersea and underground to outer space." Another strong point of Aronson's book is the helpful background info he provides: he delves into forty-million-year-old geological history ("the great dance of the shifting continents") and discusses the economic conditions that drew men to San José, a mine with no escape routes, "where a man can get work if he doesn't ask too many questions." Peppered with engaging quotes, the text is fluid and attention-grabbing. Black-and-white photographs and diagrams are included; the finished book will contain an eight-page color insert. Lengthy end matter features a description of each miner, a timeline (unseen), a glossary, source notes, a bibliography, an interview list, websites, an index (unseen), a brief essay about "The World of the Miner," and an author's note titled "How I Wrote This Book." tanya d. auger Copyright 2011 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2011 June #2)

Aronson marks the one-year anniversary of the collapse of a Chilean copper mine that entombed miners for more than two months with a riveting, in-depth recounting of the events that held the world rapt. His fluid narrative begins with a brief eyewitness account of the cave-in before contextualizing the disaster. Initial chapters cover mine layout and terminology, as well as prehistoric geology (and how it helped form Chile's Atacama Desert) and the mythology of the blacksmith god, Hephaistos, who "creates the tool the hero needs, and yet he is lame, ugly, a figure of fun." Aronson (Sugar Changed the World) smartly links this ancient pejorative attitude to contemporary ones toward mining despite reliance on its products, drawing on cultural connections between the underground world and hell, Hades, etc. Twelve short chapters with photos and diagrams keep the story well-paced as it alternates between above- and below-ground scenes, detailing the heroic efforts of the trapped men, their waiting families, and their rescuers, sometimes on an hour-by-hour basis. Extensive author and source notes, a bibliography, and suggested reading leave plenty for readers to explore. Ages 8–12. (Aug.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 August)

Gr 7 Up—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. It was headline news for two months, with people glued to their televisions watching those final, dramatic rescues. It was a gripping story then, and Aronson manages to make it even more exciting, more inspirational, and more personal, all by gathering pieces of the puzzle and showing how they fit together. Explanations of how the Earth's formation and plate tectonics created the copper lines that are so valuable to the world today are a critical beginning. Filling them in with a brief history of metalworking and mining leads readers to the small, out-of-the-way mine in the Atacama Desert region. From there the story becomes as intriguing and suspenseful as any work of fiction; the miners' struggle to survive below ground is juxtaposed with the frenzy of the work aboveground by the mine officials, the government, and many others working to save the men. Detailed descriptions of the conditions that the miners endured and how they coped paint a vivid picture of just what an ordeal it was. The global response to the disaster was enormous, with organizations, governments, and individuals from Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and Japan offering resources and expertise to find a solution. Ample source notes, black-and-white and color photographs, websites, and a brief explanation of research methodology round out this must-have for any library.—Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA

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