Prime Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive By Laura Hillenbrand –

In this captivating and lavishly illustrated young adult edition of her award winningNew York Timesbestseller, Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of a former Olympian s courage, cunning, and fortitude following his plane crash in enemy territory This adaptation of Unbroken introduces a new generation to one of history s most thrilling survival epicsOn a May afternoon in , an American military plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared It was that of a young lieutenant, the planes bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard So began one of the most extraordinary sagas of the Second World WarThe lieutenants name was Louis Zamperini As a boy, he had been a clever delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and stealing As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a supreme talent that carried him to the Berlin Olympics But when war came, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknownAhead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a sinking raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would respond to desperation with ingenuity, suffering with hope and humor, brutality with rebellion His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would hang on the fraying wire of his willFeaturingthan one hundred photographs plus an exclusive interview with Zamperini, this breathtaking odysseyalso captured on film by director Angelina Jolieis a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the ability to endure against the unlikeliest of oddsPraise for Unbroken This adaptation of Hillenbrand s adult bestseller is highly dramatic and exciting, as well as painful to read as it lays bare man s hellish inhumanity to man Booklist, STARRED This captivating book emphasizes the importance of determination, the will to survive against impossible odds, and support from family and friends A strong, well written work SLJ This fine adaptation ably brings an inspiring tale to young readers Kirkus

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