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In early August 2010, the unthinkable happened when a mine collapsed in Copiapó, Chile, and 33 miners were trapped 2,000 feet below the surface. For sixty-nine days they lived on meager resources and increasingly poor air quality. When they were finally rescued, the world watched with rapt attention and rejoiced in the amazing spirit and determination of the miners. What c
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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this book is about men who get trapped in a mine and they try to survive
they eat food every 12 hours to every 24 hours to every 36 hours.
they have only tuna and crackers with water. they don't want to think about cannibalism so they eat dirt. there families are above them preying will they escape. (less)

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Jun 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
The notion that history is always happening isn’t necessarily obvious to a kid. I remember have several moments of revelation when I was younger, realizing time and time again that the folks we studied in school were real. That they walked around like I did. History has a tendency to play out like a movie when you’re young. You might be moved but you wouldn’t necessarily be able to wrap your head around the notion that there but for the grace of God go I. To hammer this notion home it might be a ...more
Martha Anne Davidson
Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Just finished reading an interesting book entitled Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert (2011) by Marc Aronson. A friend loaned me the book. The book is written for a juvenile audience, but the way the story is told worked for me. A mine collapsed in Copiano, Chile, trapping 33 miners 2,000 feet below the earth for sixty-nine days. The book shares a great deal of information about mining and the drilling that led to the rescue. I would have liked to h ...more
Sep 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Sigh. I know what book I WANTED. It focused on the 33 miners. Each one of them got a name and a story and a family. Some of them were brothers and one of them liked Elvis and lots of them liked to play dominoes and one of them was an awesome Colonel Potter type who got everyone to do what they were supposed to and not turn on each other and not ask for an extra serving of canned tuna. Sometimes the story would cut to the rescue operation above and the waiting families, but mostly you'd be down i ...more
Feb 26, 2017 added it
Shelves: ya-426
I’m really glad I read this YA non-fiction book, How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert by Marc Aronson. This book was written in a really simplistic way which made it really easy to understand. I thought the way it was presented was concise but highly effective it gave readers the sentiment of the Chilean miners. This non fiction book was about the mine collapse in Chile that occurred in 2010 and trapped 33 miners. This novel did an excellent job in describing ...more
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners From 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert written by Marc Aronson, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, (2011). “Estamos biev en el refugio los 33 (we are in the shelter and are well, the 33)” Contact, on August 22, 2010, seventeen days after the collapse of the San Jose mine, no connection to the world above, a note with these words was attached to a drill that was sent from 2000 feet below the Chilean Desert from the 33 miners that were trapped in that mine ...more
Monica Edinger
While I completely appreciate all the positives others have voiced about this book, there's something missing in it for me. That is, I'd have liked more from and about the miners themselves. They are all listed at the end by name and age and a few are featured within the text, but they simply don't come alive as much as their rescue and seem, in fact, a bit buried in this story. To some degree that is understandable give the book's subtitle, "How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet below ...more
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
With perspectives from above and below ground, TRAPPED is a nonfictional account of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground at the end of August, 2010. I found the book to be intriguing, and I found it to be both informative and engaging. After I read it, I was eager to share some of my new knowledge with others, which is a hallmark of a great book. My one complaint is that it didn't offer very much information about the miners after they emerged above-ground. I watched a documentary ...more
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviews
I really wanted to like this book. I loved the topic, and thought it was a great way to introduce young people to a wide variety of topics. It is true that this book touched upon many interconnecting bits of information in order to study the disaster and rescue efforts of this mining disaster. I liked the many photographs and disparate information. However, I feel that the book was too scattered, especially for children. My students will most likely not even know where Chile is, and the those th ...more
Jun 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, jf-ya
For me, this is a 3-star book. But I am not the target audience and teens might give this four stars. Although I found it a quick and interesting read, I expected a bit more meat in terms of the science used to get these guys out. I would have liked some diagrams of the different types of drills, for instance, along with the explanations of the pros and cons of each approach. I just found it a little thin on details. It felt a little rushed.
Marc Aronson writes reliably excellent historical nonfiction. His crack research skills, gift for narrative, and ability to explore every aspect of his topics produce comprehensive and engaging texts. In this book, Aronson applies his talents to describe the events during the recent Chilean mining accident. Includes information about plate tectonics and the mining industry, too.
Oct 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best parts of the book were obviously the descriptions of the men down below and how they worked together. Some of the material seemed too technical for this age group. I think this would have a lot of appeal to kids who like reading about natural disasters. I felt it needed more photos to make it more real for the readers.
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Finished in just a few hours, this quick read definitely captures your attention. I remember following this news story and hoping for survival. This book gives great detail on the logistics of the rescue and all that was put into the miners wellbeing.
Patti Sabik
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, non-fiction
Loved this book! Perfect length (& chapter lengths) for MS NF readers and writing is very engaging. This would work really well as a read aloud.
Richie Partington
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
8 October 2011 TRAPPED: HOW THE WORLD RESCUED 33 MINERS FROM 2,000 FEET BELOW THE CHILEAN DESERT by Marc Aronson, Atheneum, August 2011, 144 p., ISBN: 978-1-4169-1397-9

"Can I go buddy
Can I go down
Take your shift at the mine?
-- Hunter, Garcia, & Lesh, "Cumberland Blues"

"Copper is a chemical element with the symbol Cu (from Latin: cuprum) and atomic number 29. It is a ductile, semi-precious metal with very high thermal and electrical conductivity. Pure copper is soft and malleable; an exposed su
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book with new and exciting things on each page.
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am satisfied with my choice to read Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert by Marc Aronson. The straightforward text made understanding the situation quite clear. While the information was highly concise, it was also highly effective. The mine collapse happened in the beginning of August in the year 2010 when the main ramp leading into the San Jose Mine crumbled, leaving 33 men stranded with no way to escape and only enough food and water rations to ...more
Judy Jacobsen
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Natalie Seaton
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I chose this book because I did not know anything about mining. I wanted to learn about the trapped miners of the San Jose mine. I think it is important to increase my knowledge of things that have happened, and this book was a great way to do. What I liked most about this book was how the story was told. It is written in such a way that is interesting and almost makes the story feel fictional. While the story is true, I found it incredible how they were able to get the miners out. I was astound ...more
Nov 17, 2019 added it
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Hailey Moss-Stokey
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I chose this particular topic because I was familiar with it, and the retelling was very captivating to me. I didn't know much about the topic itself, however I am in a geophysics class, so a lot of the geography and CO2 explanations made a lot of sense to me. Including where he discusses how the miners became trapped. I did find there to be some over explanation in some areas, and other sections needed more. Aronson was VERY thorough in his retelling of events, and included many reasons as to W ...more
Stefanie Mahugh
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
In Copanio Chile, a mine collapsed trapping 33 miners two thousand feet below the earth’s surface and the author explains what happened in the mine and the details regarding the rescue. This nonfiction novel is thrilling and compelling due to the way the author shares different perspectives and storytelling elements on what happened in the mine. The book takes you through the miners journey of pain, struggle, and the fight for their lives. However, the book did lack details regarding the miners ...more
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ncbla
Marc Aronson makes history, even recent history, come alive in his books. In this one, he takes readers back to last summer when 33 miners were trapped beneath tons of rock 2,300 feet below the surface. Although he describes some of the men's personalities and the fears of the family members who kept vigils for them from above as well as the media circus that swirled around the rescue efforts, the focus in the book is the rescue. In order to locate the men, expert drillers came from all over the ...more
Teresa Scherping Moulton
In August 2010, in a mine in northern Chile, a devastating collapse left 33 men trapped beneath 2,000 feet of rock. Family members and friends waited anxiously, desperately hoping that their loved ones had somehow survived. The 33 miners had to rally and work together to survive as long as possible, not knowing if someone would be able to find them in time. Once the men were discovered alive, there was a new problem - getting them back to the surface safely. Experts flocked to Chile from around ...more
Morgan Kjellman
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: informational
As I was reading this book, it felt oddly familiar to me and then it clicked, I heard about it on the news. Now, I was 11 when this happened and so my mind was not really comprehending what was going on and so I mostly learned about this event through the information of my parents. I chose to read this topic of informational text because I was intrigued by the title “Trapped” because it seemed very suspenseful. When realizing I had already learned about this tragic event, I already knew that it ...more
Cheyenne Shumway
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: informational
I decided to read this book because I was younger when it happened and didn't recall hearing anything about the event, therefore I didn't have any background knowledge going into the story. It is a book about a mine collapse that happened in Chili in 2010 that had 33 miners trapped 2,000 feet below the surface. They were trapped for 69 days with little to no resources and poor air quality.

I thought the author did a great job with the flow of the story and what I found most effective was how he
Karen Ball
August 5, 2010: the earth shifts in Copiapo, Chile and 700,000 tons of rock collapse in the San Jose copper mine, trapping 33 miners 2,000 feet below the surface. Aronson tells the gripping true story of the miners in their tiny pitch dark shelter as the calls and emails went out around the world for help. And help came -- drillers from nearby, from Canada, Australia, and Pennsylvania, NASA experts, doctors, dentists, nutrition experts, political and religious leaders. Once the first contact was ...more
Martha Schwalbe
Jan 03, 2012 rated it liked it
What a treat to read this book after Tiger's Curse! I found myself reliving various moments in the miners' lives, but also moments in my life when people were trapped underground. Because I thought of the trapped people, I've never really considered the rescue operations that go on above ground, how rescuers get involved, how rescuers cope with failure.
The book is written from above and below ground which provides a nice balance. The tenacity and ability to survive displayed by the miners is re
Evan G.
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
On August 5 2010 an explosion shook a mine in San Jose mine trapping 33 miners over 2,000 feet underground. The mine was originally abandoned but after the copper prices shot up they opened it back up. The mine should never nave opened again because it didn't have all the safety protocols that today's mines have. The explosion blocked the air vent but the 33 miners had enough air in the mines and found a shelter house. Hundreds of people rushed to help. Finally after many long nights the broke t ...more
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: informational
On August 5, 2010, a collapse in the San José mine in Chile trapped thirty-three miners underground, attracting the world's attention. For the next seventeen days, drillers and mining experts from around the world worked with native Chileans to try to reach the miners and determine if anyone had survived. Miraculously, they all had, but it took several more weeks, and more international assistance, to extract the miners from 2,300 feet below the earth.

Aronson's book is interesting in that it foc
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is about the courage and strength of 33 Chilean miners who were stuck in a mine bunk with only 2 weeks of supplies but using the supplies to keep them alive for 69 days. I think the author is trying to show that if enough people come together and help one another they can accomplish great feats. “Estamos biev en el refugio los 33". This note translating to "we are in the shelter and are well, the 33.” Page 6. This note was brought up after 17 days after the collapse of the mine 3 more ...more
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Aronson has won many awards for his books for young readers and has a doctorate in American history. His lectures cover educational topics such as mysteries and controversies in American history, teenagers and their reading, the literary passions of boys, and always leave audiences asking for more.

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