As Memorial Day approaches, take a detour from the usual genre of teen literature and read a truly astonishing story of hope and survival. Louis Zamperini was an Italian-American Olympic runner whose plane goes down in World War 2, and he and two other men drift on a raft for a long time. They knew the situation was dire, but they had hope and so they survived. When Louis was placed in a POW camp by the Japanese army after he was captured from an island, he suffered unspeakable atrocities but he wanted to live because he had a family and friends. This story is about how strong our minds can be and truly show how mind over matter works. Honor those who gave us freedom and be thankful we live in the land of the free.