All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team facts for kids
|October 13, 2020|
|Awards||Newbery Honor, Sibert Honor|
All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team is a 2020 nonfiction children's book by American author Christina Soontornvat. It describes the 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue. The book received positive reviews from critics and was awarded a Newbery Honor and a Sibert Honor in 2021.
The book recounts the 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue, in which 12 boys on a soccer team and their coach were rescued after they were trapped in the flooded Tham Luang Nang Non cave. It includes scientific information related to the rescue, including details on caverns and diving, and features photographs and maps of the region.
Background and publication
Soontornvat was visiting family in northern Thailand when the Tham Luang cave story was first reported. According to Soontornvat, upon returning to the United States, she noticed that media coverage was portraying the situation through a predominantly Western lens and decided to tell the story incorporating a Thai perspective. She returned to Thailand two months after the final rescue to interview the volunteers who helped with the rescue efforts, with her father acting as her translator.
The book was published by Candlewick Press on October 13, 2020. The audiobook version was narrated by Quincy Surasmith.
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