Daniel James Brown does a wonderful job telling the story of nine boys from Washington, working their way up to the Olympics. Recommended to me by my roommate's boyfriend, I cannot begin to explain all the emotions I went through reading this book. But not the usual emotions that come to mind when it comes to reading (i.e. tearjerker.) Rather, with each race the boys compete in my heart races as if I'm right there with them in the boat. And when we're told of Joe Rantz's family history, I'm not brought to tears. Instead, I ache and somehow feel some kind of resolve to keep reading as if I'm moving with him through his story.
A great read for sports lovers, for history lovers, and anyone who appreciates great storytelling.