The True Cave Rescue

of the Thai Soccer Team

Co-authored with Pathana Sornhiran

Illustrated by Dow Phumiruk


ISBN: 978-0-06-290772-1

Here's the breathtaking true story of the international rescue of the Wild Boars soccer team from a flooded cave in Thailand.


One afternoon, eleven-year-old Titan, his friends from the Wild Boars soccer team, and their coach rode their bikes to explore local caves. They crawled through the narrow tunnels in the dark to reach the center of the cave. When they turned to go home, heavy rains had flooded the tunnel. They were trapped!


With rising waters and monsoon season upon them, time and oxygen were running out. The world watched with bated breath as rescuers from around the globe joined forces to try to free the boys. After eighteen harrowing days, in an unprecedented effort of international teamwork, they were finally saved.


Award-winning author Susan Hood and journalist Pathana Sornhiran based this picture book on Sornhiran’s first-hand reporting of the event, and Dow Phumiruk’s beautiful illustrations bring the story to life. The book also includes a timeline, maps, quotes, fascinating facts, an interview with two of the divers, research sources, and additional resources.


Watch the "Behind the Art" book trailer created by illustrator Dow Phumiruk here. 


Thanks to some of our favorite bloggers for helping us celebrate our launch! 

Mr. Schu featured an interview and our book trailer on Watch. Connect. Read. 

Alyson Beecher posted a review on Kid Lit Frenzy. 
Dylan Teut interviewed us on Mile High Reading.
Charnaie Gordon featured a review on Here Wee Read.
Michele Knott posted a review and interview on Mrs. Knott's Book Nook.