Just finished this book and have already recommend it to several people. That’s how you know it’s a good book, right? I found myself rooting for the boys many times as they raced. What they accomplished really is remarkable.
The book focused on one particular boy, Joe Rantz. The poor guy was abandoned several times. How could a father do what he did and allow that to happen? It’s hard to imagine. Joe overcame great odds to come out a winner. As a father myself, I felt so bad for him as his step-mom made him live elsewhere, more than once. He was always left questioning what he ever did to be so unwanted. A 10 year-old shouldn’t have to feel that way.
In the end, it’s a story of overcoming all odds and winning gold in the 1936 olympics, right in front of Hitler. The Fuhrer tried to give his German team any advantage he could, even if it meant cheating; but the good guys came out on top.
It’s an uplifting book for just about all ages, especially pre-teen to adult. Inspiring, captivating, and yes, even a little emotional. Read more about the book and the author Daniel James Brown here: