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Lost in the Pacific, 1942: Not a Drop to Drink (Lost #1) Hardcover – October 25, 2016
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Gr 6–9—The date is October 21, 1942, and somewhere over the Pacific Ocean a lone B-17 runs low on fuel. In order to avert a crash, the pilot and copilot choose to attempt to land the plane on the surface of the ocean amid 20-foot swells. They are successful, and thus begins the survival struggle of eight men in three tiny life rafts. Olson skillfully tells of the physical and mental torture the men endured, floating for 22 days with no protection from the elements and with limited amounts of food and water (two oranges, a small bird, a few fish, and a little bit of rainwater). Much of the narration focuses on Col. Eddie Rickenbacker's role in the men's survival. Some of the crew were eventually spotted and rescued by a search plane, while others were saved by people from the island of Funafuti. Only one did not survive the ordeal. The clearly written text is engaging and accompanied by numerous black-and-white photos. However, one sentence erroneously states that the president, not Congress, declared war. Clippings from newspapers and magazines are included in the back matter. VERDICT A great choice for collections in need of World War II survival stories for middle schoolers.—Eldon Younce, Anthony Public Library, KS
* "A riveting, completely engrossing true survival story. " -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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It is a total page-turner. I am a grown adult and an educator; I picked it up intending to read the first couple of pages, and was unable to put it down until I was halfway through. Shortly thereafter I read the rest in one sitting.
This book offers quality storytelling and factual references that make the book both full of dramatic tension, and a history lesson in disguise.
I recommend this book to just about anyone, but it is especially suitable for young adults who like to learn without feeling lectured.
This is the best non-fiction book I have probably ever read and also there are a lot of lessons and things to learn. These 8 men’s story is eye opening as they try to stay alive in the pacific with perseverance, courage, and smarts. It has descriptive language to highlight important moments, It has the story in different perspectives to tell the story better, and lessons about living a hard life but making it through in hard moments. In the end we learn about having strong perseverance in life.
This story takes place in 1942 which is World War II. They are flying from Hawaii to a small island Canton which is 2 days away. On the last day they can’t find the island and they are running out of fuel. They crash in the Pacific and they go on 3 inflatable rafts that are supposed to fit more than eight people in all but they can barely move in them. They stay in there for a long time with barely any food but you will have to read to find out more.
Our heros are on rafts with barely any food.They have to ration it out to stay alive. Most of the men agree with it but we will probably see that change in a while. We admire their smarts and strategy. “Rickenbacker proposed that they eat one orange every other day, dividing each one only eight ways.” the text says, (pg.56). The reader understands how important staying alive and surviving is for them. There planning makes them easy to base off of.
Survival in the ocean isn’t only about being smart about your things, it is also about having perseverance. Their ability to persevere is the most amazing thing they do. They are all missing their family and special people to them.Yet they still stick it through and wait until the end. “Bartek’s family visited him in the raft. His mother appeared and told him
he would have to rely on god”(pg.120). This makes you understand that even he is hallucinating because he misses family so much but he sticks through until the end.
Most people in the position would just give up but these men have the courage to stand up and do thing for themselves. Some people won't give things their full effort but when there food and just getting out of the raft they try there hardest. “The water was so dense with fish that the men were able to grab a few with their bare hands. The unlucky fingerlings were swallowed whole while they were still alive”(pg.118). This makes me understand that they will do anything I Mean Anything to stay alive.
Through all of this, The men get through all of this and that's mostly what they care about most. I learned that it takes everything you have to do is perfect if you're trying to do something you care about. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars please read it !