The Boys in the Boat
Companion: The Boys in the Boat
- The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown
- SR! Season
Set during the Great Depression, the book tells the improbable story of how nine working-class young men from the American West competed for the Gold Medal in rowing at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. With rowers who were the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coat and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by challenging the German boat rowing for Adolf Hitler.
At the core of the story is Joe Rantz, a teenager abandoned by his family, who manages to defy the odds. Through sheer perseverance, he finishes high school, attends the University of Washington in Seattle, and makes it through the fierce competition to the university’s top rowing team.
- Pub. Library
- 797.12 Bro
Junior Companion Book
SR! Junior Companion Book
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
A middle-grade accessible adaptation to the original work.
Our Community Celebration
Saratoga Reads wrapped up its 12th year of public programming with a special event featuring a conversation with author and Olympic rower Ginny Gilder. Gilder was a member of the American women’s quadruple sculls team that won the silver medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.