The Finest Hours

The Finest Hours

The True Story of A Heroic Sea Rescue

Book - 2014 | First edition
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"On the night of February 18, 1952, during one of the worst winter storms that New England has ever seen, two oil tankers just off the shore of Cape Cod were torn in half by the force of the storm. This middle-grade adaptation of an adult nonfiction book tells the story of a harrowing Coast Guard rescue when four men in a tiny lifeboat overcame insurmountable odds and saved more than 30 stranded sailors. This is a fast-paced, uplifting story that puts young readers in the middle of the action. It's a gripping story of heroism and survival with the same intensity as the bestselling book and movie The Perfect Storm. A Christy Ottaviano Book"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Christy Ottaviano Books/ Henry Holt and Company, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780805097641
Branch Call Number: JUV 910.9163 Tougias 2014
Characteristics: xi, 160 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Audience: Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.5 6.0 163696
Additional Contributors: Sherman, Casey 1969-- Author


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In this adaptation of their adult book by the same title, the authors throw the reader into the thick of action. Follow four brave coast guardsmen as they head out in one of New England's worst storms in history in a tiny lifeboat to rescue not one but two ships ripped in half. It's a riveting st... Read More »

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Jan 26, 2017

A great adventure read but I am not familiar with boat terms so I had a hard time picturing the rescues.

ArapahoeKati Sep 15, 2016

My dad read this in a single night without realizing this was the adapted version. He thought it had the perfect amount of detail and suspense without dragging on.

Mar 06, 2016

I accidently borrowed the 'teen version' of this story but I read it anyway because I like a story background and detail before I see a movie. This version seems to have been greatly edited, but looking forward to the movie.

In 1952, two oil tankers were torn in half by one of the worst nor’easters New England had ever seen. With the four halves of the two boats now miles apart, five Coast Guard boats set out into the teeth of the storm to try to rescue whomever they could.


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