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Titan and the Wild Boars: The True Cave Rescue of the Thai Soccer Team

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  120 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Don’t miss the breathtaking true story of the international rescue of the Wild Boars soccer team from a flooded cave in Thailand!

One afternoon, eleven-year-old Titan, his friends from the Wild Boars soccer team, and their coach rode their bikes to explore local caves. They crawled through the narrow tunnels in the dark to reach the center of the cave. When they turned to g
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by HarperCollins (first published March 7th 2019)
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Westminster Library
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, drew, history
Based on the firsthand account by a reporter covering the amazing true story of the boys soccer team trapped in a cave in Thailand. Beautiful illustrations bring to life this incredible and heroic journey. Interesting facts and timelines are found at the end of the book, all highlighting the lessons of perseverance, teamwork, encouragement and hope.

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GRIPPING. WELL WRITTEN with illustrations and a design that make this book worthy of reading more than once. Read this aloud to your students in grades 2-5 (and maybe 1st and of course 6th). Co-authors Hood and Sornhiran and illustrator Phumiruk have made the complexity of what happened, the multi-layered problem, the intensity and urgency of the problem of rescuing these boys clear for their audience. (An important move on the writers' part was to focus in on one boy, Titan, one of the youngest ...more
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
An engaging and informative account of the Thai Cave Rescue in 2018. Amazing bravery and heroism both with the divers, the boys and their coach.
Sheila Puzio
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating true story of the boys who were trapped in the cave in Thailand.
Lorie Barber
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is AN INCREDIBLE informational book, mentor text, and story. Brought to life by Susan Hood and Pathana Sornhiran, with fantastic illustrations by Dow Phumiruk, this is the story the Thai soccer boys deserve. The back matter is especially helpful, as are the maps on the end pages! I couldn’t stop reading, and when I got to the parts where poetry and quotes were integrated, my heart sighed with happiness. I can teach all the things with this book. Or I can just read it because it’s awesome in ...more
Joanne Roberts
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was a pleasant surprise. I never would have picked it up on my own and probably not as a child either, but the true-life events and the expert retelling along with the varied and well-planned illustrations combine to produce a book which should be recommended in libraries and classrooms across the globe. The narrative drew me in immediately. The subject was thoroughly researched and presented in a perfectly kid-centric way. The backmatter was extensive—great for curious kids and for fa ...more
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yabc-reviews
See my full review here:

TITAN AND THE WILD BOARS tells the true story of the trapped soccer team and their rescue in the caves of Thailand. Chanin, nicknamed Titan after the mythological powerful creatures for his strength, was one of the youngest members of his soccer team at 11 years old. One day, after soccer practice, the boys and their coach went into a cave to explore, crawling through the narrow tunnels.

However, it began to rain and the narrow tunn
Ben Truong
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Titan and the Wild Boars: The True Cave Rescue of the Thai Soccer Team is a children's picture book written by the team of Susan Hood and Patthana Sornhiran and illustrated by Dow Phumiruk, which tells the true story of the Tham Luang Cave Rescue.

The text is rather simplistic, straightforward, lyrical, and informational. It follow the remarkable true story of eleven-year-old Titan, his teammates, and their soccer coach who went exploring the Tham Luang Caves in Chiang Rai, Thailand, only to beco
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019t, t
Titan and the Wild Boars was my top pick for the Cybils Award (unfortunately, we did not reach a consensus in its favor). It is the true story of the Thai soccer team that was trapped in a cave in 2018 and had to be rescued by divers when the cave complex flooded. When this happened, T's dad and I followed the events through the news; T heard us discussing it at the time and also began following the rescue efforts. He still recalled discussing their rescue when we read this book – a feeling of p ...more
Ms. Meghan
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
On June 23, 2018, young Titan, 11 of his Wild Boar soccer teammates, and their coach set off to explore a local cave in northern Thailand. Outside, monsoon rains began to fall, and the team quickly became trapped. As the water levels rose in the cave, they wondered if they would be it back out.

This book details the harrowing ordeal faced by the boys and their coach, as divers and rescue personnel from all around the world raced against the clock and weather to save them. Author Pathana Sornhiran
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We are captivated by events in our communities, cities, states and country, some more than others as a result of personal connections. We have, along with many others, felt much joy and deep sadness, laughed until we cry and wept uncontrollably and known unbearable loss. As citizens of the world, we find ourselves missing a lot of happenings but some capture not only our attention but the attention of people around the globe. We watch and feel with a collective consciousness.

One event, lasting e
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Childrens nonfiction. This book tells the amazing true story of the Thai soccer team that got trapped in a cave and the international team that rescued them. There is a map of the cave on the endpapers that shows just how complicated the rescue mission was. A young soccer coach and his team rode their bikes to explore a cave after soccer practice. An early monsoon came and flooded the cave, blocking their exit. The group of boys and their coach were stuck in the dark, with no food and very limit ...more
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story is about a tragic event that took place in the caves of Thailand. A youth soccer team and their coach went into the caves one day to find themselves trapped inside with no way out. Heavy rains began to flood the tunnel and air was running low.

I really liked this story because of the way the book is set up. Each page in the book details an account of that day from the perspective of the young boy. The illustrations are so captivating that it really feels like you are in th
Becky B
A picture book retelling of the rescue of the Wild Boar soccer team from the cave they were stranded in because of monsoon rains.

I've read Marc Aronson's longer account of the rescue and based on that, this was a very good summary of the main events in the cave rescue. I like that they got a Thai author and illustrator involved in this project (that was definitely a downfall of Aronson's account). Just be warned that the death of one diver is recounted in this picture book so it may not be the
Miss Amy
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing view into a harrowing current event story. Many kids might not know about this small group of boys from Thailand who survived the early flooding of a cave they were exploring! It showed courage, fear, and perseverance. It shows kids how strong they can be in the face of adversity and just every day. I learned things I didn't know about that team of kids and their ordeal. Truly an incredible piece of our modern history! The story and illustrations had me captivated the minute I st ...more
Karen Fortunati
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A truly remarkable book about the astounding international rescue operation. Susan Hood writes in clear, concise and beautiful prose the against-all-odds survival. The rescue effort was complicated and Hood does a phenomenal job in weaving a clear, concise and emotional narrative. Focusing on the youngest and smallest player, we gain an understanding of the immense risks taken by the rescuers and the magnitude of the effort. This is a wonderful book about courage, strength, faith and teamwork. A ...more
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 4th-6th grade
A well written true story of which the ending is known but will keep readers on the edge of their seats as the count of days in the cave climbs. The authors do not shy away from the danger involved, and include the death of one of the rescuers who is remembered both in the text and illustration, as well as at the end with a photo of the boys honoring him. Good back matter with more information about the rescue, the boys, a map, and interview with two of the divers. Endpapers show how far in the ...more
This book chronicles the real-life, 18-day saga of a boy's soccer team that became trapped in a cave when rains flooded their exit. I really like that the book is factual and gives us a timeline of the events as they occurred, while also turning it into a story told from Titan's perspective. Excellent art with realistic-looking Thai faces. More interesting facts found at the end.

I am sure this will be a new favorite in our International school in Thailand. Having been living in Thailand during
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another history of the Thai soccer team -- this is the third or fourth that I've read. I really appreciated the diagram of the cave at the front -- it's one of the best I've seen. This did a good job of boiling down the story to the essentials for a picture book, and it made the choice to focus on the youngest boy in the cave (and on the team) so we had a viewpoint. This got a bit diluted because we don't have a sense of how the boys differentiated themselves in the cave, but at least we know ou ...more
Raven Black
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The five is more for the illustrations and the several afterwards than the story, which is straight forward and if you had watched the news, you know it already. Good for a classroom, not necessarily for a soccer fan or a read-aloud. Possible older child (due to the length) might be curious about the subject matter. However, even though there is a lot of text and really meant for the older child, the picture book format could turn some kids off.
Beth Anderson
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For anyone who knows how long it takes to publish a picture book (usually 2-3 years), the release of this book less than a year after the actual incident is astounding. The gripping story comes alive with the finely detailed illustrations of the underground world we previously could only imagine. I’m so glad this powerful story of resilience and the world coming together on the rescue mission will be on the shelves of libraries everywhere!
Wonderful book about the Thai boys rescue from 2015. 23 boys and their coach were caught in a cave after a flood and they survived for a half a month until they could be brought out. Heartwarming story of Thai kids and coach who wee trapped while the world waited. Three boys and the coach were stateless refugees and risked deportation to an unknown country of ever caught. Great addition that Thailand granted the boys and coach permanent citizenship after their ordeal.
Sandy Brehl
For anyone who recalls the actual news events surrounding the Thai soccer team trapped in a flooded cave, it will be difficult to imagine how a simple picture book could capture the drama and fear and tension of the actual events. The picture book narrative includes art that is both simple and compelling, diagrams, and revealing details about the ways in which the team members helped each other survive in life and in spirit.
Tracy Holland
Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it
June 23, 2018, Titan, his coach, and his soccer team explored a cave in Thailand. Unbeknownst to them, the monsoon season would come early and put their lives in critical danger. Trapped in the cave for many days, a massive rescue was put into place to help save all of them. The whole world watched the heroics of the divers, and the boys.
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story of the Thai soccer team that was trapped in a cave for 18 days and the rescue mission that started out as Mission Impossible and ended up as Mission Accomplished. The author includes poetry as part of the story.

Includes an interview with 2 of the British divers, a timeline, a bibliography and extensive additional information in the back of the book.
Jenalee Paige
This is a great book to have for children and adults. I currently live in Thailand. This was something that captured the hearts of people around the world. I love reading this to my students (2nd grade) and listening to them connect/reflect/ask questions about this event. It is a remarkable story about not only local community coming together, but people from around the world.
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great picture book retelling of the cave rescue of the Thai soccer team, using the youngest and smallest boy as the main focus. I loved the poetry interspersed throughout the text. Appendices gave additional factual information about the rescue, the team, a cave legend, a timeline, and an interview with two of the divers. Endpapers include a map of the cave.
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great reading of a very recent incident. This picture book non fiction narrates the events of the Thai cave rescue of the soccer team in very simple language but packed with information presented along a timeline. HIGHLY recommend reading for all age groups, for not just the perseverance of everyone involved, but just reading about how the whole world came to the rescue.
Michele Knott
Amazing collaboration about an event that was highly emotional and dangerous. Written specifically for a younger audience, young readers will be amazed at what these young soccer players and their coach went through and the dedication of the people who saved them.
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although wordy for a picture book, the story is riveting and needs those words to convey this dramatic event. I found the information included was chosen well so that an early reader won't get bored from unnecessary information, but will stay interested in the drama.
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