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All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Compelling, exciting, educational story of 2018 cave rescue.

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This gripping, instructive book more than achieves its goal of telling the story of the 2018 cave rescue from the Thai perspective. All Thirteen does this, with the main focus on the boys of the soccer team and the enormous outpouring of support from Thai volunteers, the military, and the government for bringing the young soccer players out of the flooded cave alive. The White, international volunteers get fair treatment for their critical contributions, but the Thai heroes of the rescue effort finally get their due here.

The book is an all-around fantastic read. Present-tense narration brings the reader into the suspenseful urgency of the moment. Soontornvat digs deep to unravel details of the rescue many never learned, like the fact that the boys were sedated for their dive rescue, and all the innovative things Thai and international volunteers did to, together, create a rescue operation that had any chance of working. The inclusion of full-color photos, maps, diagrams, and text boxes help the reader to further understand the cultural context and science of caves and diving. This is a great pick for adventure lovers, fans of true survival stories, and any kid looking for an absorbing, suspenseful read.

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