S.O.S. Titanic

S.O.S. Titanic

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by Eve Bunting
     
 

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Fifteen-year-old Barry O'Neill, traveling from Ireland to America on the maiden voyage of the Titanic, finds his life endangered when the ship hits an iceberg and begins to sink.  See more details below

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Fifteen-year-old Barry O'Neill, traveling from Ireland to America on the maiden voyage of the Titanic, finds his life endangered when the ship hits an iceberg and begins to sink.

Editorial Reviews

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
Debbie Carton
Fifteen-year-old Barry O'Neill is traveling from Ireland to New York on the "Titanic". He is heartsick about leaving the beloved grandparents who raised him for the last 10 years and apprehensive about rejoining his parents, who have been in China. He's also worried about the Flynn brothers, arch enemies traveling in steerage who have threatened to throw him overboard. Foreshadowing of impending disaster winds through the early narrative: a psychic steward tells Barry of visions, and a superstitious passenger counts and re-counts the lifeboats. What sets this tale apart from other recent novels about the disaster (for example, "Titanic Crossing" ) is Barry's growing awareness of the injustice of the class system that ultimately doomed most of the steerage passengers. With so many characters, most are reduced to a few identifying quirks, but Bunting accurately and dramatically describes the ship's sinking and, at the same time, immerses readers in the many human tragedies. Perfect for middle school, this fast-paced story will satisfy readers looking for the human element in the "Titanic"'s history.
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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780785784135
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
03/28/2012
Edition description:
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages:
246
Product dimensions:
(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.75(d)
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

Meet the Author

EVE BUNTING has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere. She lives in Southern California.

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S.O.S. Titanic 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why is everyone saying its about rose and jack? Um thats just the movie. This is about completely different people.....the boy being barry from ireland.............so actually read the book before you put how great it is because you just watched the movie and want people to think you can actually read.........sheesh. get a clue.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book SOS Titanic is about a boy named Barry O¿Neill who went on the Titanic from Ireland to the U.S. to meet his parents. One night the boat hit a very large iceberg and began to sink with a large gash in her side. Barry faced this great danger during his voyage on the Titanic. But will he and the great Titanic make it? What I loved about SOS Titanic is that it had a great plot and you weren¿t confused in any parts of the book. I would have liked the book even more if it switched between Barry and Peegen, his newly found friend because Peegen had more of an interesting background. I don¿t normally like books about boys but I loved SOS Titanic because of its suspense and adventurous story. I wish the author put more detail, or even mentioned, about 2nd class travelers because it would be interesting to know about all the classes and all of the traveling conditions. I also wish the author used more real facts in the book so you would learn more about the real Titanic and its tragedy. I rate SOS Titanic four stars out of five because it could definitely use the improvements mentioned above, but it was a fantastic read. I recommend this book to people who love adventure and suspense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!
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I absolutely love the part when Water says that there will be great danger on the boat. I was at the edge of my seat!! This book is soooo good! Love it. Whoever is reading this and you do not have this book GET IT
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it in 3,4,5 grade loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 1st grade,agian in 4th,5th and now in 6th grade! LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!!!
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Great
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Th main character of the story was a 15 year old boy named Barry. He was brave as the ship was sinking, trying to save people who wer his worst ememies back in Ireland. The boat didnt startsinking until the very end of the story which was little dissapointing but still ok. Few grammatical errrors. Im 11 and read this book as n assignment given over summer vacation and I actually enjoyed it. The one thing i disliked though was that the story was all too predicatable. Obviouslly evehryome reading this book knows that the Titanic sinks but there was nothing the author ciukd do about thay. Also a little more background knowledge of the charavters wouldve been nice. Overall a great atory that I recommened.
MrsG_Tutoring More than 1 year ago
The book might be good, but how would I know? I still haven't received my book! If the item is shipped standard USPS from western WA to eastern WA it should only take a max of 5 days (even in the busiest season). I am now at 12 days from order date. My tutoring schedule is completely off. BOO! to BN and Break Time Books. You've lost my business for good.
m_kvanli More than 1 year ago
I was absolutely engrossed by the story of the Titanic in my teens. I had several Titanic teen novels during that time, and while this one wasn't necessarily my favorite, it is still a great book for younger kids to read and learn about the Titanic. It is very appropriate for the age group that is recommended, and contains a very captivating storyline that I believe is attractive for boys and girls.
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Cougar_H More than 1 year ago
After reading this book it became a favorite. I choose to share how the book spoke to me as a person. It made me put myself in the shoes of someone that was on that ship the night it made history. Wondering if I was going to die and what would happen to the ones I loved. In the book it said that a little group of men where playing music, trying to convince people that everything was going to be "OK", in what world would people think that a little music in the mixture of screaming and crying would make them calm down, almost if they where trying to hide the problem when it was obvious to everyone what was going on. The reason why I love this story so much is because it so romantic but at the same time lots of drama. This story inspired me to never give up on the ones you love. Rose (one of the main characters) could have gone into one of the little boats saving her life but she didn't she wasn't going to leave the one she loved and it got me to think that I would do the same. Something that questioned me was how many people out there would give up the gift of surviving to stay and help someone you loved. A message I think that is in this book is that everything happens for a reason. Rose came onto the ship miserable almost killing herself but Jack saved her life by telling her no. By them meeting it got her to realise that she didn't really love the man she was about to marry it was Jack. There was a reason for them meeting, for falling in love. The book also shows how having faith really played well in this story, When Rose and Jack where in the ocean freezing to death all Jack was worried about was making sure that Rose didn't think she would die not even caring about himself only her. Believing that something will happen and that things will get better makes it a better chance of actually becoming reality. Again this book is incredible not a everyday story.
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I love the thrilling suspense of the end of the book. It will keep you on your toes throughout the whole story.I would recommend this book to people who love suspense.
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