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

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

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by Lauren Tarshis
     
 

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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

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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. 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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545206945
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Series:
I Survived Series
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
16,016
Product dimensions:
7.66(w) x 5.36(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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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I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 102 reviews.
LauraFabiani More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
ADI123 More than 1 year ago
i lloovvee (love) this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a thrilling book its fun to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is amazing totaly awsome
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It haved parts I cried. It sooooooooooooooo good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book has a lot of action and advenchure
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book i ever read!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its heart stoping i lov it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its goo dbut sad. She is a good author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book in my opinion, and it was educational and fictional at the same time, while you are so in to the book, that you don't actully realize the true facts this book is actully presenting off to you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GREAT
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is th best book when i read it it makes me cry because i really like the book thank you lauren tarshis for bringing the series i survived daniel age 10
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a awesime book by an awesome auther
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a sad story but a good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good book for a kid
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was on the titanic i was one year old and now i am 100 year's old i am loved and happy if you read this l Love titanic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these books!I only need two more, they are never boring!
Anonymous 5 days ago
I really want to read this book it not leting me but I will still give it five starts
Anonymous 27 days ago