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Titanic Crossing
     

Titanic Crossing

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by Barbara Williams
 

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Thirteen-year-old Albert Trask is going home to America--on the 'Titanic'! Albert's bossy grandmother is forcing his widowed mother to return from England, where she took her children after their father died. Neither Mother nor Virginia, Albert's spoiled little sister, is very happy about the voyage. But nobody can dampen Albert's enthusiasm about sailing on the

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Thirteen-year-old Albert Trask is going home to America--on the 'Titanic'! Albert's bossy grandmother is forcing his widowed mother to return from England, where she took her children after their father died. Neither Mother nor Virginia, Albert's spoiled little sister, is very happy about the voyage. But nobody can dampen Albert's enthusiasm about sailing on the biggest, most luxurious ocean liner ever built--not even Emily, a know-it-all girl who thinks the ship doesn't have enough lifeboats. Everyone knows the 'Titanic' is unsinkable!

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The sinking of the Titanic in April 1912 provides the emotional peak of this fact-based novel. Albert Trask, 13, is thrilled to be leaving England with his widowed mother, uncle and six-year-old sister. He's had enough of private tutoring and rainy weather, and can't wait to return to the family home outside Washington, D.C. But as the journey begins, Albert overhears a passenger suggest that the vessel isn't carrying enough lifeboats-a suspicion he confirms in conversation with a crewman. Williams (Mitzi and the Terrible Tyrannosaurus Rex) devotes relatively little space to the actual calamity, however, and the lengthy prelude grows tedious. The author's postscript mentions that Albert was created from a boy she discovered in her research, a 13-year-old initially prevented from boarding a lifeboat because he had attained the age of manhood. No passage in the novel itself, unfortunately, evokes the catastrophe with as much poignancy. Ages 9-13. (June)
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
This story takes place in second class, which helps distinguish it from Eve Bunting's recent novel and the movie, which were more concerned with first and third class. Albert Trask is happy to be returning with his mother and sister to Washington, D.C. What a delight to escape his prune-faced tutor and the cold rain of London! At thirteen, he is attuned enough to the adult world to realize his mother is desperately unhappy to leave London, and that she feels trapped by Uncle Claybourne, who was sent by Albert's grandmother to retrieve the family. Albert works to smooth things over in the family. He is up on the boat deck when the ship collides with the iceberg, and immediately realizes the enormity of the event. Uncle Clay and mother are down in third class, so it is up to Albert to rescue his six-year-old sister. Albert is wearing long trousers, so he is refused entry to the lifeboats, which are reserved for "women and children first." He is swept overboard, suffers a concussion, and awakens aboard the Carpathian. The story is engaging, but that it happens aboard the Titanic is almost secondary. We learn very little about the ship itself or the events surrounding the disaster.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-8In an entertaining blend of fact and fiction, Albert Trask, 13, relates his experience aboard the opulent, ill-fated Titanic. He, his widowed mother, and spoiled little sister, Virginia, are returning to the U.S. from England, accompanied by domineering Uncle Claybourne. Albert's wealthy paternal grandmother in McLean, VA, is determined to oversee the lives of her daughter-in-law and grandchildren. Knowing his mother's desire for independence, Albert attempts to meet a distinguished theatrical producer who is onboard to find employment for her. His shipboard efforts fail, however, with the scrape of an iceberg. With historical accuracy, the orchestra plays on, lights are kept burning, half-full lifeboats are lowered, and passengers debate the seriousness of their situation. Albert is privy to crewmen's conversation about too much speed through the ice fields. He witnesses the desperate pleas of the ship's designer and officers to mobilize the passengers. The boy shoves his sister into a boat but is shamed into staying on deck to prove his manhood. Ultimately flung into the icy North Atlantic, he is one of the few to be plucked from the sea and taken aboard the Carpathia. His mother and uncle are lost, but Albert, Virginia, and Albert's friend, Emily, survive. At story's end, the young man stands up to his grandmother's overbearing demands and begins to discover that her plans for her orphaned grandchildren take their happiness into account. Readers lured more readily by fiction than nonfiction will find suspense, character development, and pathos amid the dramatic events.Gerry Larson, Neal Middle School, Durham, NC
Kirkus Reviews
After her parents die in a wagon accident, Lucy, 11, goes to live with her missionary aunt and uncle, the Wilkinses, who run an Indian school in northern Michigan. Aunt Emma is a taskmaster, while gentle Uncle Edward makes Lucy feel welcome. When Lost Owl asks the Wilkinses to take in his two children for the winter (the only members of his family to have survived a smallpox epidemic), Aunt Emma refuses, but Uncle Edward insists. Raven, who is about Lucy's age, and her younger brother, Star Face (later called Matthew by Aunt Emma) come to stay, and from the first, Raven and Aunt Emma do not get along. Raven rebels against school rules, refuses to answer to the name Aunt Emma gives her (Eleanor), and generally acts like a hellion. When Aunt Emma forbids her to see Matthew, Raven runs away. Only when Matthew becomes desperately ill—a combination of pneumonia and chicken pox—does Raven return.

Whelan's (Once On This Island, 1995, etc.) plot is contrived, and her characters who never come off the page; Aunt Emma's stern manner is tiresome. Still, the friendship between Raven and Lucy as they come to understand each other is a good lesson for readers that never seems didactic.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140379778
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
12/01/1999
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
0.10(w) x 0.10(h) x 0.10(d)

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Titanic Crossing 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that it has a good title and it has a good topic to it I have only read 6 pages and I already have dived in to the book and had loved it and I usaully dont like titanic books but this is a great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this book! i wish there was a sequel! i started to cry!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book when I was 9 for a book report. I'm now nearly 16 and this book still takes me to the Titanic. Like maybe I'm Albert's new-found friend and he's taking mr through this journey with him. It makes me feel like I'm special because I survived. Although it does start out a little slow, you won't be able to put it down. I recommend having your child read this book. Heck, I recommend everyone read this book, reguardless of age. It will enchant you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
if this book was to be a movie, by the end you would be on the edge of your seat and mabye even starting to cry. yes, at first the story is a bit slow, but don't worry about that at all. soon you swept into the book,and will not be able to let go at all.it gets so exciting.this book is great. i've read it at least 4 times, and i still feel the suspense and cry at the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Titanic Crossing by: Barbara Williams published by: Dial Books for Young Readers This novel was full of suspense. It had such vivid writing that I almost felt like I was in the book. Albert and his sister Virginia, are about to sail to America on the Titanic. On the Titanic Virginia meets a new friend and Albert meets an annoying smart alec. As they¿re getting close to America something terrible happens. They hit an iceberg! The Titanic starts to sink and there isn¿t enough lifeboats for everyone on board. There are many sad as well as happy moments in this book. I would recommend this book to be read by readers from a range of 9 to 12 years old. Titanic Crossing was a well written suspense filled book. by: a fifth grade student,
Guest More than 1 year ago
Its a fantastic book. If you love stories about the titanic you'll love this one. Albert Trask 13 and his sister Vrginia 6 sail on the titanic. And make many new friends until the ship crashes and sinks! Don't miss out on Making Waves By Barbara Williams,sequel!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is ssooo detailed. I felt like I was there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was fairly good. If u liked the movie The titanic i would recammend u to read the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LUV THIS BOOK
Guest More than 1 year ago
A GREAT BOOK WITH GREAT EMOTIONS!!THIS BOOK IS REALLY TOO TERRIFIC TO BE TRUE!!!! IT IS AN AMAZING BOOK WITH SUPERB CHARACTERS!!!! WHILE READING THIS BOOK YOU UNDERGO A LOT OF EMOTIONS AND REALLY TEND TO GET ASSOCIATED WITH THE CHARACTERS.SO BUY THIS BOOK AND ENJOY THE MOMENTS!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. I think it told about the great ship well. I think people should read it if they like the titanic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book! Anyone who loves stories about Titanic will like it too. The plot is easy to follow and the book is easy to read. I've read it 3 times already, and I still haven't gotten bored with it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read the book called Titanic Crossing. It was an awesome book. I liked it better than the movie Titanic with Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet!! Everyone should want to read this book!!!I am eleven years old and rate this novel the BEST!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absoulutely adored the book. It not only tells the history of the book, it adds vivid details to make it fun to read. I love how Barbara Williams ended it. She must have thought a long while to end it up so that the responsibility would end up in the boy's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was awful. I don't see how any one would liked it. It did not make me feel like I was on the Titanic. I don' think people should read it. Authors should lay off the Titanic books. OMG!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Titanic Crossing' was a bad book. I did not feel that I was on the Titanic. In other books such as 'Raise the Titanic' was absolutely perfecto! I liked that way more than 'Titanic Crossing'. It is so Titanic' all over again. I wish authors could see that the Titanic is old news.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is insperational. It tells the events like they happened! Things that did happen, and so many people died. It is an awsome book. And I strongly recommend it!