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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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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 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
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
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
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
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
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: jf-ya, non-fiction
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.
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: non-fiction, ya
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.
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
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the version that's been adapted for young readers, and tells the story of the 33 miners that were trapped in a Chilean mine for over two months. The story itself is only about 100 pages, so it's a pretty quick read, but it was very informative and interesting. I learned quite a bit about mines, and Aronson did a great job explaining the different equipment brought in to help save the men. It was fascinating to read about what the men did in order to survive, and also what the outside wor ...more
Richie Partington
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Nichole Wulf
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great book! I can see so many ways to incorporate reading skills lessons into a study of this book. It is short and brief, but packed full of great information about a true event. The book reads like fiction and not a textbook, while still full of background information students may need to understand the content. I especially love the "chapter" at the end of the book explaining how the author put this book together. I can add this to the well my students draw from for information about w ...more
Taylor Parker
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Genre: Informational Nonfiction
Grade: 4-6

I really enjoyed reading this book because I remember when this tragedy occurred I didn't know much about what had happened besides what the news reported. This book provided lots of details of the Chilean desert and how dangerous the job of a miner is. It also described how it took many experts from all over the nation to help rescue the trapped miners. I would recommend this book for those who are interested in mining or this tragedy.
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
A short, interesting read about the Chilean miners, their story and how they were rescued. I enjoyed the writing and pacing of the event. I especially liked learning about how different companies and countries worked together for a miracle. I learned a lot about mining and have respect for those who do it. As an English teacher and librarian, the author’s note at the end made me happy about research on the internet. This is a YA nonfiction book. 6th grade and up.
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
The beginning of this book was a bit bumpy as it threw all kinds of information at the reader, but it smoothed out from there and was concise and interesting. My only other complaint was that the pictures spoiled any tension in the narrative - they showed ahead of time what was going to happen in upcoming pages.
Rebecca Fenerty
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I liked that the book described what it was like inside of the collapsed mine and how everybody above was trying to help out and rescue the minders.
Laura Hodgins
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really interesting story.
Mitchell Mcintosh
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was very interesting and factual. My complaint is that it didn't grab my attention right away.
Phil Polishuk
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quick summary of the event (my 6th grade son was reading it).
Mark A
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: form-ii-english
My review is about Trapped by Marc Aronson. This book is about a group of 33 miners who get stuck in an old copper mine 2000 feet below the Chilean desert for 69 days when the mine collapses. They make it to a bunker before they can be crushed and are later rescued by the Central Rock Drill Company. In my opinion, the author’s message is that if you have knowledge and are willing to keep persisting in what you do, you can accomplish great things. A well as this message, the author is also trying ...more
Griffin G
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
The novel Trapped takes place in early August 2010 in Copiapo, Chile, when 33 miners get trapped 2,000 feet under ground. A Chilean mine collapsed and the 33 men were trapped under. Giving them barely any supplies to help them survive the months under ground. The author wrote this story based on a true one, but I think he chose to write it to teach the reader many lessons in life. Trapped displayed the courage, faith, and perseverance of the 33 men to believe that they will make it out alive. Wi ...more
Jennifer S
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Marc Aronson a well- known young adult author creates another masterpiece. The last chapter in the book titled, “How I Wrote this Book,” speaks directly to the art of researching. He provides useful research tips that helped him while researching and that he feels could be useful to students having to write research reports. For example, “The main problem with the Internet as a resource is not that it has inaccurate information. Of course it does, and Wikipedia, the number one landing place on m ...more
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
In early August 2010, a mine collapsed in 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 could have been a terrible tragedy became an amazing story of survival.

My Comments:
Physically, I don’t think this is a very attractive book. The cover is da
Roberta Gibson
Nov 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author and historian Marc Aronson has been having a stellar year, with two books nominated for Cybils awards in the MG/YA nonfiction category. He wrote Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert, an account of the copper miners who were trapped underground for over two months after a mine collapse in August of 2010. He also co-authored Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science with his wife.

In Trapped, Aronson captures
Nick Litle
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
On August 5, 2010, a tragedy occurred in the San José Mine located in Northern Chile when 708,000 tons of rock blocked the exit leaving 33 men trapped 2300 feet underground with limited supplies such as food and water. Their families started to wonder what happened to the men. When they learned what had happened they were horrified and shared the horrific news with relatives, friends, and other miners’ families. Two days after discovering the trapped miners a camp was formed; drill experts and n ...more
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Did you hear about the miners on the news? Those 33, trapped after a cave-in in Chile, in 2010? I know I did.

But there's a lot more to their story than you hear on the news, and that's where Trapped comes in. I have to say, I'm usually not much of a fan of informational books; they're often tedious and boring. But this book has really encouraged me to try more; it's fascinating, fun, and really gives you something to think about.

One of the interesting parts of Trapped is that, unlike some other
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I must admit, when this accident happened I was in the middle of the Atlantic heading to New York from Southhampton so I really wasn't getting much current news so by the time I got to New York it was pushed off the front pages of newspapers.

Reading this book engaged my sense of wonder in finding out what really happened to the miners in Chile. I learned a variety of information about mining, drilling, and the value of how information spreads around the world so quickly in the age of the Intern
Jas F
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
In October, I read Trapped by Marc Aronson. This book, based on a true story, takes place in Copiapo, Chile in 2010, when a mine collapses and traps 33 men 2,000 feet under ground. These miners have no supplies to help them survive but through courage, a common theme in this novel, managed to survive through treacherous conditions. Along with courage, some more common themes are hope, and the ability to stick together. After reading this novel, I realized that Marc Aronson wrote this to show the ...more
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