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Miracle on Ice: How a Stunning Upset United a Country
Miracle on Ice: How a Stunning Upset United a Country
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Miracle on Ice: How a Stunning Upset United a Country

The mighty Soviets were the favorites to win hockey gold at the 1980 Winter Olympics. But a team of U.S. college players had other ideas. The stunning upset of the Soviet hockey team by the young Americans has been called the greatest moment in international hockey. And to many people the victory was about much more than sports. Americans had gone through difficult times at home and abroad. Beating the best hockey team in the world—and its major Cold War rival—gave Americans a sense of pride. One iconic photo captured the impact of that “miraculous” historic event.

PublisherCompass Point Books
Age Level10-12 Years
Reading LevelGrades 5-9
SubjectSports, History
Trim Size9 1/4 x 10 1/4
Page Count64



Booklist - Julia Smith

"Top 10 Series Nonfiction.  Taking the well-regarded Captured History series in a new direction, this handsome series focuses on iconic photographs in athletics, showcasing one picture per volume and explaining its backstory and the circumstances surrounding the moment it was taken." - Booklist

April 1, 2017

Booklist - Carolyn Phelan

"STARRED REVIEW! Taking the well-regarded Captured History series in a new direction, these handsome volumes from the new Captured Sports History series focus on iconic photographs in athletics. Illustrated with excellent color photos, each book showcases one picture by explaining its backstory as well as what is happening in the moment it was taken. In addition, it introduces the photographer and discusses why that particular image resonates with many viewers. . . .Clearly written and informative, this riveting series is ideal for fans of sports, history, and photography." - Booklist

May 1, 2016

Michael Burgan

Michael Burgan

Michael Burgan has written numerous books for children and young adults during his nearly 20 years as a freelance writer. Many of his books have focused on U.S. history, geography, and the lives of world leaders. He has also written fiction and adapted classic novels. Michael has won several awards for his writing, and his graphic novel version of the classic tale Frankenstein (Stone Arch Books) was a Junior Library Guild selection.  Michael has also worked as an editor at Weekly Reader, the classroom news magazine used in schools across the United States. Michael graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in history. When not writing for kids, he enjoys writing plays, and his works have been staged across the United States. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his cat, Callie.

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