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Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation), The: The True Story of an American Team's Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics

Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation), The: The True Story of an American Team's Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics

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Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation), The: The True Story of an American Team's Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics

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A beloved story about the Greatest Generation freshly adapted for the next generation.

Berlin, 1936. The Olympic finals of the eight-oared rowing race. Germany, Italy, USA. The American boat touches the finish line first, beating all odds and sending Hitler away in a silent rage. In the midst of the Great Depression, the nine rowers showed the world what true grit really meant. They were western, working-class boys who never expected to beat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did. At the center of the tale is Joe Rantz, whose personal struggle—and ultimate triumph—captures the spirit of his generation, the one that would prove in the coming years that the Nazis could not prevail over American determination and optimism.

This deeply emotional yet easily accessible middle-grade adaptation of the New York Times bestselling The Boys in the Boat shows readers how we can find hope in the most desperate of times.

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Setting
The main setting is taken in Berlin, Germany. The story takes place in 1936 Olympics. USA is representing in the Olympics that year. The crew comes from Washington State University.
Characters
The main character of the story is Joe Rantz. Joe is a member of the American Olympics rowing team, the University of Washington rowing team. He had a bad childhood when he was young, his mother died and his stepmother hated and abused of him. His father also left him at the age of 10. This is the reason Joe is so independent of himself. Al ulbrickson the head coach of the rowing team.
Good Points
I'd say that this book has a lot of good points, especially when talking about the teams lives and how their pasts have been so dramatic during the Great Depression. I also liked how in the end good things happen to the good people and they get what they deserved from the beginning.
Bad Points
I wouldn't say there were any bad points in my honest opinion. There were some sad points in the book, but that just made the story more interesting, so I wouldn't consider it a bad point.
Plot Summary
Underdog named Joe Rantz, abandoned by his family at a young age, Rantz is the epitome of a working-class hero. He manages to somehow find his way to the University of Washington, where coach Ulbrickson has plans to draft the ultimate rowing team to bring to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Rantz makes it onto that team, and along with eight other men they go on to defeat Hitler's team to win the gold.
Ending
To end the story off perfectly , the good guys win and the bad guys lose. Joe and his teammates achieve their goal and respectively receive the gold medal with all the hard work they have done, that's the least they cou
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