I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 (I Survived Series #1)

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The most terrifying events in history are brought vividly to life in this new fictional series! In book 1, ten-year-old George is trapped on the Titanic -- how will he survive?

Ten-year-old George Calder can't believe his luck -- he and his little sister, Phoebe, are on the famous Titanic, crossing the ocean with their Aunt Daisy. The ship is full of exciting places to explore, but when George ventures into the first class storage cabin, a terrible boom shakes the entire boat. ...

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Overview


The most terrifying events in history are brought vividly to life in this new fictional series! In book 1, ten-year-old George is trapped on the Titanic -- how will he survive?

Ten-year-old George Calder can't believe his luck -- he and his little sister, Phoebe, are on the famous Titanic, crossing the ocean with their Aunt Daisy. The ship is full of exciting places to explore, but when George ventures into the first class storage cabin, a terrible boom shakes the entire boat. Suddenly, water is everywhere, and George's life changes forever.

Lauren Tarshis brings history's most exciting and terrifying events to life in this new fictional series. Readers will be transported by stories of amazing kids and how they survived!

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Returning from England with his aunt and little sister, ten-year-old George Calder explores the Titanic and revels in the luxury of their first-class suite-until the night the ship hits an iceberg and his explorations and determination save their lives. In this first of a new adventure series aimed at reluctant readers, Tarshis has woven plenty of concrete, factual information into her narrative. In an attention-grabbing opening scene the sinking ship lurches and George falls and loses consciousness. Backing up 19 hours, the author describes George's last day aboard ship, using short paragraphs with plenty of dialogue. George recalls earlier escapades: climbing into the crow's nest, meeting third-class passengers-an Italian immigrant and his son-and sliding down the banister of the grand staircase. On the final night, looking for a mummy in the baggage room, he encounters a thief. Both immigrant and thief play roles in his survival. The plot involves too many convenient coincidences, but the fast pace and intrinsically fascinating disaster story will keep readers turning the pages to the unexpectedly sentimental ending. (author's note, additional facts) (Historical fiction. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545206945
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Series: I Survived Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 18,557
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.66 (w) x 5.36 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Lauren Tarshis is the editor of Scholastic’s Storyworks magazine and group editorial director for language arts for Scholastic classroom magazines, in addition to being the author of the I Survived series and the critically acclaimed novels Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree and Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love. She lives in Westport, Connecticut, and can be found online at www.laurentarshis.com.
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  • Posted July 30, 2010

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    suspenseful and well-written

    I finished reading this book in two sittings with my 9-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son. Suspenseful, well written, and filled with interesting characters, my kids didn't want me to stop reading the second night so that it was 10 pm when we finally turned the last page.

    I had two different reactions from my children by the end of the book. My daughter, who is sensitive, liked the story but was so saddened by the tragedy of the Titanic that she couldn't sleep afterwards. The author deftly drew us into the story, depicting the sinking and how George, the main character, was touched as he struggled to survive and then watched as others did not. At times, during the reading, I choked up and had to control my own emotions. I kept thinking of the Titanic exhibition I had seen in Las Vegas in May, where some of the passengers' stories were displayed along with some of their still intact belongings recovered from the wreckage. Very sobering.

    My son, on the other hand, said he learned so many new things with this book. (I am citing his words verbatim!) He was fascinated by the Titanic, just like George, and kept asking me many questions throughout the reading, to the frustration of his sister. Mostly, he was taken with the scientific details of the sinking itself. So, I went on to explain and to draw on paper what the actual size of an iceberg is in comparison to the tip that shows up from the waters, how it cut the ship, and how the ship snapped in two before plunging deep into the sea and the effects of the swirling waters that pulled everything with it as the ship sank quickly and deeply.

    My son in now eager to read the next book in this series: I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916. I'm not so sure my daughter would want to read this one, though. However, one thing is certain. This new fictional series of books based on true events is exciting and brings history alive to young ones. Highly recommended for the adventurous and curious kids in your life.

    23 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2012

    Anonymous

    My teacher has this book and I read it. It was very good. On the last page it gives you some Fun Facts about Titanic. Then, it gives you a question. What do you think? Should the Titanic be brought back up to the surface or should it rest in peace at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean? Let me know what you think.

    22 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    This book is awesome and it has my name in it!!!!!

    I would definetly recomend this book to anyone who enjoys reading the I Survived aeries. In this book, George, his aunt, and his little sister Phoebe, go on the Titanic. The Titanic sunk a century ago. One night they asked everyone to go out on deck ........................................ the Titanic was sinking!!!!!!!! Some how it hit a huge ice block!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can George find his sister Phoebe in time? Can George save the world? Find out in this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    17 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2012

    awesome

    i lloovvee (love) this book!

    16 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Alonzo-Cortez

    This is amazing totaly awsome

    14 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Really holds a kids interest!

    My 8 yr old son read this book in one day, and he loved it. He liked it so much he asked for the other 2 and read them also. He liked them just as much.

    13 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Good book

    This is a thrilling book its fun to read

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!

    One of the best books I have ever read in my life

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2012

    AWSOME BOOK

    It haved parts I cried. It sooooooooooooooo good.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    Jianna

    Best book i ever read!!!!!!!!!!

    9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2011

    comment

    sweet

    8 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    Cool book

    The book has a lot of action and advenchure

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    Love it

    I love this book. I just got done reading it. I would recommed this to kids that love to learn what happend back then! For example: i was born 1 month exactly after september 11!i enjoyed learning about it. Hope this helped!!!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Read this "review" !

    There is an exibit that tours. It's about the titanic! You get to get a real life passenger's boarding pass showing the facts about this person, if they're in 1st class. And, at the end you see if your person lived! From, Sydney Adele Mallon, Age 8.
    P.S., respond to :)!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    Awsome

    Its heart stoping i lov it

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    I read the 2nd

    Its goo dbut sad. She is a good author.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Cassie

    I havent read this yet bet it says lend me on it so doea and body know how to use it? And i cant give this book a star .ating because i havent read it yet so yeah.but i have to.




    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    I just downloaded

    This is a awesime book by an awesome auther

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Great

    I really liked this book and i think you would too. A lot of comments say that you will like it if you like to learn about things but i think anyone would like it.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Such aa Good book

    Such a sad story but a good book

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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