The Finest Hours (Young Readers Edition)

The True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue

by Michael J. Tougias, Casey Sherman

Series: True Rescue Series

On the night of February 18, 1952, during one of the worst winter storms that New England has ever seen, two oil tankers just off the shore of Cape Cod were torn in half by the force of the storm. This middle-grade adaptation of an adult nonfiction book tells the story of the shipwreck and a harrowing Coast Guard rescue when four men in a tiny lifeboat overcame insurmountable odds and saved more than 30 stranded sailors. This is a fast-paced, uplifting story that puts young readers in the middle of the action. It's a gripping story of heroism and survival with the same intensity as the bestselling book and movie The Perfect Storm.

A Christy Ottaviano Book

  • Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); January 2014
  • ISBN: 9780805097658
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: The Finest Hours (Young Readers Edition)
  • Series: True Rescue Series
  • Author: Michael J. Tougias; Casey Sherman
  • Imprint: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

In The Press

“This poignant history should be an easy sell to readers of adventure, seafaring, or rescue stories. A Disney film is in development.” —School Library Journal

“The Finest Hours is a touching account, a sensitive rendering of what might be called four indescribably chaotic conditions. . . . Tougias and Sherman never sensationalize, never go beyond the facts, and yet capture all the pain, physical and emotional, of the survivors and their families.” —Providence Journal

“This book captures the wit, grit and sacrifice of Coasties and their boats.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Tougias and Sherman reach their peak of tension in the sink-or-swim moments when mariners abandoned ship and chanced their lives on their rescuers' skill and bravery . . .excellent.” —Booklist

“Nearly 57 years later, it's a breathtaking story that still defies the imagination.” —Cape Cod Chronicle

“It's good to know that real heroes exist . . . incredible.” —Concord Monitor

“Gripping. . . . Tougias and Sherman ably narrate the desperate struggles of crew members on both the wrecks and the rescue boats . . . will make readers appreciate the bravery of the men who put their lives on the line . . . action-packed.” —Publishers Weekly

“A gripping tale of Coast Guard heroism . . . an action-packed account of rescue at sea.” —Kirkus Reviews

About The Author

Michael J. Tougias is the author and coauthor of more than a dozen books, including bestselling true-adventure and survival books, Ten Hours Until Dawn, A Storm Too Soon, and The Finest Hours.

Casey Sherman is an award winning journalist and bestselling author of books including A Rose for Mary, Black Irish, and Black Dragon.