Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Boys in the Boat

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown is the story of the University of Washington rowing team that won the gold medal in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. It is also the story of one boy's life - Joe Rantz.

Joe grew up in very difficult circumstances in the Pacific Northwest. His mother died when he was very young, and his stepmother did not like him at all. She made him leave the house and fend for himself when he was just 10 years old.

When he was in high school, his older brother, who was married, invited him to live with them. He was spotted by a U of Washington rowing coach when he was on his high school gymnastics team. So when he went to college, he tried out for the team.

Other boys on the team were struggling to survive as well. It was the Great Depression, and food and work were hard to come by.

The boys in the boat worked together and relied on each other as they made their country proud.

I learned a great deal about hard work and the art of rowing. I would give this book five stars. It is one of my favorites this year.

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