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Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive Hardcover – November 11, 2014
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"This captivating book emphasizes the importance of determination, the will to survive against impossible odds, and support from family and friends. A strong, well-written work."—SLJ
"This fine adaptation ably brings an inspiring tale to young readers."—Kirkus
"A humdinger of a page-turner: a noble story about the courage of America's Greatest Generation, personified."—The Horn Book Review
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So I was delighted to learn that a young adult version was on the horizon, and I immediately pre-ordered both the Kindle and audio versions. I am pleased to report that I think this will do the trick.
Of course, the first thing I did upon receiving the new version, was to turn to Chapter One to see if the word "dirigible" had been changed! It is now "airship." Then I went back to the beginning and did a side-by-side comparison of both. The changes were immediately apparent:
On the first page, the previous version read: Somewhere on the endless expanse of the Pacific Ocean, Army Air Forces bombardier and Olympic runner Louie Zamperini lay across a small raft, drifting westward.
The new version read: Somewhere on the Pacific Ocean, American military airman and Olympic runner Louie Zamperini lay on a small raft, drifting.
In a nutshell, Hillenbrand deleted "the endless expanse of," and simplified Zamperini's title from "Army Air Forces bombardier," to "American military airman."
Looking randomly through the two books, I'm seeing other instances of abridgement, as well as simplified language. I have high hopes that my young reader will now enjoy this story. I'm excited at the prospect, as I think our children need to read more stories about people like Mr. Zamperini.Read more ›
Laura Hillenbrand has taken out some of those more graphically violent parts of her adult version, but still communicated the depravity and inhumane treatment of Allied POW's by the Japanese. Unlike the Nazis, the Japanese were never brought to trial for crimes against humanity, and continue to teach revisionist history to the generations since.
Both the original nonfiction narrative and the adaptation chronicle Zamperini’s life by highlighting key events including his time as a high school runner, Olympian, bombardier, crash survivor, and prisoner. The use of a series of short, focused narratives keeps the reader engaged. More than one hundred photographs from the time period along with personal photos from the Zamperini family collection immerse readers in the story.
Although the adaptation lacks some of the depth of the original, it maintains the emotion of this breathtaking odyssey. While some of the beauty of Hillenbrand’s writing style is lost in the book’s attempt at brevity, the feelings of desperation, suffering, and hope still ring true. Background information woven through narrative help young readers understanding the context of story.
While many high school history teachers focus on the European Theatre, this book provides a wonderful opportunity for educators to explore the war in the Pacific Theatre. Consider offering both the adult version and the adaptation as options for student readers.
Teens enjoy making connections between books and movies. The movie version of the book titled UNBROKEN rated PG-13 opens December 25, 2014. To learn more about the movie, go to http://www.unbrokenfilm.com/. The movie website encourages visitors to add their own stories of resilient heroes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very interesting book. It's unbelievable the ordeals this person had to go through, survive and become a better person. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Donald Gorycki
couldn';t put it down a must read for anyone who grew up during the time of world war Two. An amazing young man's story and survival gives one a true and diffrent iinsight... Read morePublished 1 month ago by lorettaBlanchard
The students were engaged, and each took away a different part that will forever remind them to persevere in hard times.Published 1 month ago by Mr. S.
Pretty much the same story as the original, only better because of the extra photos! Both this and the original tell the final third of his story that was only mentioned in the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by xibeifa
Great book. Ordered used. Condition as described. Very good deal.Published 2 months ago by Janeen M Moore
It was a really good book but i think it is for kids 8 and up. I am ten and got this book when i was nine. Read morePublished 2 months ago by May