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The Boys in the Boat

by: Daniel James Brown

  • Item #: NTS
  • ISBN13: 9780147517951
  • Format: Paperback Book
  • Pages: 416
  • Genre:
  • Grades: 10 - 12
  • Lexile® Measure: 1260L
  • Guided Reading Level: GR Level Z+
  • DRA Level: 80


Out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times.

It was unlikely from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington's eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain — yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. And at the heart of it all was a teenager without family or prospects, who rowed not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world.

Drawing on the boys' own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man's personal quest.


RH.11-12.5. Analyze in detail how a complex primary source is structured, including how key sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text contribute to the whole.

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