Lost in the Pacific, 1942
The dramatic true story of survival that captivated a nation at war
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In October 1942, a bomber carrying World War I ace Eddie Rickenbacker vanished somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. While Americans eagerly awaited news of their greatest living war hero, Rickenbacker and the crew drifted in three tiny rafts, beset by sharks, storms, and desperate thirst. Their ordeal became one of the most gripping wartime survival stories ever.
"A fascinating true story that will thrill readers! Action-packed and impossible to put down."
— Lauren Tarshis, New York Times bestselling author of the I Survived series
"Olson tells the harrowing true story of how eight men in three tiny inflatable rafts, lost in 68 million square miles of shark-infested Pacific Ocean without food or water and near enemy-held territory, survived three weeks before being rescued…. A riveting, completely engrossing true survival story."
— Kirkus starred review
"Olson is a masterful storyteller who lets the facts unleash the thrills and never taints authentic tension with florid cheesiness."
— Elizabeth Bush, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
"This is the inspiring and nail-biting true account of eight men (the flight crew and two others), including WWI war hero Eddie Rickenbacker, who were lost at sea in WWII for three weeks after their plane crashed."
— Sharon Rawlins, Booklist