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

By Christina Soontornvat

A 2021 Newbery Honor Book A 2021 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book A 2021 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist A unique account of the amazing Thai cave rescue told in a heart-racing, you-are-there style that blends susp

On June 23, 2018, twelve young players of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach enter a cave in northern Thailand seeking an afternoon’s adventure. But when they turn to leave, rising floodwaters block their path out. The boys are trapped! Before long, news of the missing team spreads, launching a seventeen-day rescue operation involving thousands of rescuers from around the globe. As the world sits vigil, people begin to wonder: how long can a group of ordinary kids survive in complete darkness, with no food or clean water? Luckily, the Wild Boars are a very extraordinary "ordinary" group. Combining firsthand interviews of rescue workers with in-depth science and details of the region's culture and religion, author Christina Soontornvat—who was visiting family in Northern Thailand when the Wild Boars went missing—masterfully shows how both the complex engineering operation above ground and the mental struggles of the thirteen young people below proved critical in the life-or-death mission. Meticulously researched and generously illustrated with photographs, this page-turner includes an author’s note describing her experience meeting the team, detailed source notes, and a bibliography to fully immerse readers in the most ambitious cave rescue in history.

  • An #ownvoices look at the Thai cave rescue by an author who was actually in Northern Thailand when the rescue took place and who later had an opportunity to meet many of the rescuers and community volunteers involved, as well as the Wild Boars themselves
  • A dramatic and comprehensive telling of the rescue, based on extensive research and interviews and including sidebars explaining cultural and engineering details
  • Beautifully designed, with full-color maps, charts, and photographs

About the author

Christina Soontornvat is the author of several books for young readers, including The Blunders, illustrated by Colin Jack, and the middle-grade fantasy novel A Wish in the Dark. She holds a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering and a master’s in science education. Christina Soontornvat lives with her family in Austin, Texas.

ISBN: 9781536209457
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: February 3, 2021
Dimensions: 191 x 254mm, 288pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $44.99
New Zealand RRP: $46.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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