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5 to 9
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6" x 9"
Calkins Creek
ISBN-13: 978-1-62979-674-1
Black-and-white archival images
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This true-life adventure story tells the story of Pete Seibert, a ski soldier severely wounded in World War II, who went on to found the Vail Ski Resort in Colorado.

Ever since he first strapped on his mother’s wooden skis when he was seven, Pete Seibert always loved to ski. At eighteen, Seibert enlisted in the U.S. Army and joined the 10th Mountain Division, soldiers who fought on skis. In the mountains of Italy, Seibert encountered the mental and physical horrors of war. When he was severely wounded and sent home to recover, Seibert worried that he might never ski again. But with perseverance and the help of other 10th Mountain ski soldiers, he took to the slopes and fulfilled his boyhood dream— founding a ski resort in Vail, Colorado. The immediacy of Louise Borden’s vivid text puts readers on the front lines with Seibert and his platoon. This dramatic recounting of a World War II experience includes archival photos, as well as commentary on the legacy of the 10th Mountain Division, and a detailed list of sources.


“In spare, brief free-verse lines that will enable readers' eyes to slide effortlessly down the pages, Borden relates the story of a boy who grew up skiing…(a)n accurate, high-interest narrative focused on a mature topic but written at an accessible reading level is a rare gem. Many period photographs are included…as is excellent backmatter. A fascinating and inspiring tale.” – Kirkus Reviews

“(A) unique story of mountain soldiers that fans of World War II will find intriguing…(E)ducators and librarians seeking nonfiction titles with appeal to reluctant readers and history fans should add this book to their shelves.” -VOYA  

“This biography is easy to read…(T)he life of Pete (and) the brief glimpse of the 10th Mountain Division is unique and interesting, as are the views of some of the men comprising the Division.” – School Library Connection  

“(The) storytelling (is) concise and the reading experience swift…Readers in search of a compact biography for report writing or a lesser-known story from World War II may want to give this consideration.” - The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books  

“Borden’s insightful biography, written in verse form, is highly readable and distinguished by the generous collection of period black-and-white photographs that illustrate it.  It’s a treat for both ski buffs and military history fans.” - Booklist  

Meet the Author

Louise Borden

Louise Borden is the author of thirty books for children including The Journey that Saved Curious George, illustrated by Allan Drummond, and Baseball Is . . . , illustrated by Raul Colon. Louise has spoken in hundreds of schools across America.

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