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Olson, Tod.
New York : Scholastic, 2016
IL 5-8, RL 6.2
ISBN: 0545928117

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

On October 21st, 1942, a B-17 bomber carrying an eight-member crew was unable to locate its refueling station and was forced to land somewhere in the middle of the 68-million square miles of the Pacific Ocean. After heroically surviving the seemingly impossible landing, the crew then began their struggle to survive aboard three small life rafts. The men faced 22 days of dehydration and hunger as they floated on shark infested waters. With seven out of eight members surviving the ordeal, this thrilling account shows the remarkable perseverance and determination of the men aboard the B-17. (Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award, 2018)

Booktalk #2

Imagine being lost at sea and having no one know where you are.  That is just what happened to a group of military men during World War II. The plane was on the way across the Pacific Ocean to deliver war hero Eddie Rickenbacker to a meeting. But the plane went down and in their haste to evacuate, they have left all the food and water on the plane. Now it is 8 men on 3 tiny rubber boats on a very large ocean with no one knowing where they are. How can they survive? Is anyone even looking for them? As they days go by, their hopes lesson.

SUBJECTS:     Aircraft accidents -- Pacific Ocean.
                        Airplane crash survival -- Pacific Ocean.
                        Rickenbacker, Eddie, 1890-1973.
                        Survival at sea -- Pacific Ocean.
                        World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, American.

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