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

The amazing story of the Chilean miners and their incredible rescue!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416913979
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 08/30/2011
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 63,649
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 1070L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Marc Aronson is the author of the critically acclaimed Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado, winner of the ALA's first Robert L. Sibert Information Book Award for nonfiction and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. He has also written Art Attack: A Brief Cultural History of the Avant-Garde. A passionate spokesperson for young-adult literature, he has written many articles on the subject that have been published in two collections, the most recent of which is Beyond the Pale: New Essays for a New Era. He has won the LMP Award for editing and has a PhD in American history from NYU. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with his wife and son.

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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 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those of you who are talking about obscene things, you guys have to grow up. Nobody respects that type of people. Why would you talk about porn in the review section of an excellent book. Sell your conversation somewhere elde and go have a great future, asking for some money. You have to be a good person. Was your purpose of life to watch girls kissing or lesbians? The purpose of life is to be a good person and having such vague ideas in your head will ruin you and make you messed up. I bet that you look at beauty magazines for girls and you look at a model with her private spot showing. Grow up and please drain that out of your head, unless you really want to go to hell when you die. For those of you who want read this book, I strongly recommend this book. This is a great nonfiction story about an event that might've turned out to be as tragic as the 9/11 Twin Tower attacks. But it was a huge success for the 33 miners. I really enjoyed this book and strongly suggest this book. I'm turning into a senior in middle and I had to read this for my Summer Reading assignment. People should read this book, whether you have to for school or not. I reallt loved this book. You should check out my second reading book for my school, "Chew On This" by Charles Wilson and Eric Schlosser. That's a book about the secrets of the fast food restaurants. That book influenced me not to eat too much fast foods, even if I don't really eat it that much. Anyways, I strongly recommend those two books, this one and "Chew On This," book to people who want a great future and love to read. I want to go to Yale and go to law school for graduate school. I wish to be a US Supreme Court Chief Justice. That will happen to me one day :) Anyways, enjoy reading this book and the other book i mentioned!!! They're a joy!!! And that's a promise :)
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
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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