|Daniel James Brown.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||240 / 2015|
The quest to reach the 1936 Olympics was unlikely from the start: With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington's eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did. A teenager without family or prospects, Joe Rantz rows for the team, but also to regain his shattered self-regard and find a place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys' own journals and memories, Daniel James Brown offers a thrilling account of the battle for gold against the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. Brown's bestseller is adapted here for readers 9 to 12, and it is illustrated with black and white photographs.