Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert

Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert

by Marc Aronson


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The amazing story of the trapped Chilean miners and their incredible rescue that Publishers Weekly calls “a riveting, in-depth recounting of the events that held the world rapt.”

In early August 2010, the unthinkable happened when a mine collapsed in Copiapó, Chile, trapping thirty-three miners 2,000 feet below the surface. For sixty-nine days they lived on meager resources with increasingly poor air quality. When they were finally rescued, the world watched with rapt attention and rejoiced in the amazing spirit and determination of the miners. What could have been a terrible tragedy became an amazing story of survival.

In Trapped, Marc Aronson provides the backstory behind the rescue. By tracing the psychological, physical, and environmental factors surrounding the mission, Aronson highlights the amazing technology and helping hands that made it all possible. From the Argentinean soccer players that hoped to raise morale, to NASA volunteering their expertise to come up with a plan, there was no shortage of enterprising spirit when it came to saving lives. Readers will especially appreciate the eight pages of full-color photos, timeline, glossary, notes, and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442440258
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 03/19/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 63,490
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 1070L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Marc Aronson is the acclaimed author of Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert, which earned four starred reviews. He is also the author of Rising Water and Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado, winner of the ALA’s first Robert F. Sibert Award for nonfiction and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. He has won the LMP award for editing and has a PhD in American history from NYU. Marc is a member of the full-time faculty in the graduate program of the Rutgers School of Communication and Information. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with his wife, Marina Budhos, and sons. You can visit him online at

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Raul Villegas was driving a truck up a ramp … 1,800 feet underground … when he heard the crack and first saw the dust. Villegas was used to hauling rock out of copper mines in northern Chile, so he had often heard the creaks and moans of the angry earth. He drove on, passing a couple of miners heading down. But as he inched up the ramp he felt a wave hit his truck, “like when there is a dynamite explosion.” Glancing back, it was as if he were looking down the heart of an erupting volcano. He rushed up the endless, sharp turns of the corkscrewing mine and finally made it to the surface. He, at least, was safe. But when he described the sound and dust cloud to his bosses, no one listened.

Someone told Villegas to drive back down, into the mine.

This time he could only go so far. Some 1,200 feet down there was no longer a road, and all around him he could hear the sounds of groaning rock. He turned around and sped up, out of the darkness. Something was very wrong in the San José Mine.
Six men trained to handle mine emergencies retraced the route of Villegas’s truck, daring to go down to see what had happened, to find whoever was trapped in the mine.
The exhausted rescue crew returned … alone.

So began one part of a story that captured the attention of the world—bringing together everyone, from experts on outer space to drill bit manufacturers from Pennsylvania, from nutritionists to camera crews. But the real story started millions of years earlier.

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Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book that when you ask for more it gives you more. It is a great book for young reader. If u like mythologie it has alittle of that. I recomend to any one willing to read a good book
Marshahawkins on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Trapped begins in a novel way by explaining why Chile has mines and why we mine at all. His geological descriptions are mesmerizing. However, right when I was ready to learn about the mining accident in the same engrossing narrative, I was sorely disappointed. Aronson¿s story of the miners was confusing at times. Also, he just skimmed the surface on many subjects that I think owed more explanation (ie. How did the miner train for the NY Marathon in the mine), He describes the three drilling efforts but it proves very confusing. I think more graphics to explain this (maybe a timeline across the bottom of the pages) would have helped the reader along. Even though I¿m glad I read it, I would not consider it a primary resource. HOWEVER, I very much valued Aronson¿s editorial at the end about the importance of good research. His description of google searching as giving a student a ¿false sense of bounty¿ earned a triple underlining from me.
RosanaSantana on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This non-fiction books explains the events surrounding the 33 miners that were trapped 2,000 feet below the ground in Chile. The story is given from the point of view of the trapped miners as well as the team working to free them. Recommended read.
Ellen_Norton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book told the story of 33 miners who were trapped for several months under the Chilean desert after a mine collapsed. The story was told from the miners' views and also from the rescue teams above ground. While the miners' stories were interesting, they were few and far between, and the rescue teams' stories tended to be very in depth about they types of drills and rocks that they encountered, which dragged. Also, not very many pictures broke up the monotony of the text.
Jennanana on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
True story and events about the Chilean coal mining disaster where 33 Chilean miners were trapped and then rescued from underground. Gives some interesting scientific perspective and background about mining in Chile. Very detailed account, but doesn't really provide too much input from the miners themselves.
ewyatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An exploration of the rescue effort after miners were trapped in the San Jose mine in Chile. The book explored the initial accident, profiled some of the miners trapped, and the various actions undertaken to try to reach and rescue the miners. At times I grew confused about the various rescue efforts and drill teams, although this is probably more due to my lack of engagement in the topic than any flaw in the narrative. The book is done in black and white, with some color photos clumped together in the middle of the book. I really enjoyed Aronson's essay about doing research at the end of the book and how difficult it can be to find accurate, deep, and original information on the web.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When 33 miners were trapped 2,000 feet underneath the Chilean desert, it took a team of people from across the world to rescue them. This is their inspiring story, expertly researched and told by the inimitable Marc Aronson. Including background information about mines, geology, other mining disasters and much more, Mr. Aronson weaves a complete picture for young readers. Extensive back matter includes source notes, a list of the trapped miners, a glossary, a bibliography, web resources, and an author's note detailing how he researched the event.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and how it switches back and forth between Above and Below. It really expresses what is going on. I highly recommend this book. I hope you enjoy the book as much as i did. LOVE U ALL!!!!! ;)
JaxJV More than 1 year ago
I was led to believe that the author would tell us more about the personal lives of the miners before and after the did not materialize. The book was very short with just over 100 pages. Jack Vax
224perweek More than 1 year ago
Wow! I had no idea the dangers that miners went through. I'll never look at my jewelry the same again. I also learned a bit about our planet. This was a quick read and very informative. It was easy to understand and has great pictures that really brought the whole tragedy to light. Great for anyone.
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