S.O.S. Titanic

S.O.S. Titanic

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by Eve Bunting
     
 

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Eve Bunting's gripping account of a immigrant teen passenger on the Titanic, based on the true and terrible events of 100 years ago.See more details below

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Eve Bunting's gripping account of a immigrant teen passenger on the Titanic, based on the true and terrible events of 100 years ago.

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“A dread sense of the inevitable drives this taut disaster story-and makes it nearly impossible to put down.”  —Publishers Weekly 

"Readers fascinated by the lore surrounding the sinking of the Titanic will likely enjoy this exciting, suspenseful, and romantic version of the tragedy."—School Library Journal  

"Bunting accurately and dramatically describes the ship's sinking and, at the same time, immerses readers in the many human tragedies. . . . this fast-paced story will satisfy readers looking for the human element in the Titanic's history."—Booklist

Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
In his introduction, Dr. Darling defines science as observation, hypothesis and experimentation, and encourages children to ask lots of questions. Each experiment's step-by-step instructions run parallel to practical examples and an explanation of the phenomenon under investigation. The book is illustrated with drawings and full-color, stock photographs.1991, Dillon, Ages 10 up, $13.95. Reviewer: Beverly Kobrin
The ALAN Review - Nancy E. Zuwiyya
Bunting combines historical accounts of the sinking of the Titanic with the story of a fifteen-year-old Irish boy leaving home and grandparents to join his parents in America. It is April, 1912, and Barry O'Neill has mixed feelings about his departure from Ireland, especially when he learns that local ruffians with a grudge against his family are sailing in the steerage. Bunting weaves together the stories of Barry's girlfriend in the steerage, first-class companions, and inexorably the story of the tragic sinking of the Titanic. Careful attention to historical detail adds interest to this fast-paced novel, but the emphasis is definitely on narrative as the suspense builds. Bunting tells the story well, but her ability to set the scene, both in the beginning and at the end, when she describes the death of the ship itself, carries this fine novel beyond mere narrative into an unforgettable scene of death and survival. Harcourt Brace & Company,
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9Readers fascinated by the lore surrounding the sinking of the Titanic will likely enjoy this exciting, suspenseful, and romantic version of the tragedy. Fifteen-year-old Barry, a privileged, upper-class Irishman raised by his grandparents while his parents were off in China, is bound for America to join them at last. Class conflict comes aboard, too, in the form of Frank and Jonnie Flynn, who blame Barry's grandfather for their forced departure from Ireland via steerage. Frank's threats of revenge add a layer of fear to Barry's on-again, off-again relationship with their sister, Pegeen, as the plot steams steadily toward its inevitably icy climax. The final hundred pages of the book describe post-collision confusion that escalates toward chaos, including Barry's gallant attempt (in vain) to save Frank's life. He does succeed in saving Pegeen, and the two of them end up on the overturned inflatable life raft and are among those few rescued the next morning by the Carpathia. Lots of foreshadowing and hints of the supernatural (Watley, Barry's first-class steward, was born in a caul, which is said to have given him second sight) add interest, as does an interesting range of supporting characters.Joel Shoemaker, Southeast Jr. High School, Iowa City, IA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152013059
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/20/2012
Edition description:
1
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
301,139
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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From the Publisher
“A dread sense of the inevitable drives this taut disaster story-and makes it nearly impossible to put down.”  —Publishers Weekly 

"Readers fascinated by the lore surrounding the sinking of the Titanic will likely enjoy this exciting, suspenseful, and romantic version of the tragedy."—School Library Journal  

"Bunting accurately and dramatically describes the ship's sinking and, at the same time, immerses readers in the many human tragedies. . . . this fast-paced story will satisfy readers looking for the human element in the Titanic's history."—Booklist

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