Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady, HMS Titanic, 1912 (Dear America Series)

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Five years ago, Margaret Ann Brady's older brother left her in the care of an orphanage and immigrated to America. When the orphanage receives an unusual request from an American woman looking for a traveling companion, Margaret's teachers agree that she is the perfect candidate to accompany Mrs. Carstairs on the TITANIC, so that once Margaret arrives in New York she will be free to join her brother in Boston. But the TITANIC is destined for tragedy, and Margaret's journey is thrown into a frozen nightmare when ...

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Five years ago, Margaret Ann Brady's older brother left her in the care of an orphanage and immigrated to America. When the orphanage receives an unusual request from an American woman looking for a traveling companion, Margaret's teachers agree that she is the perfect candidate to accompany Mrs. Carstairs on the TITANIC, so that once Margaret arrives in New York she will be free to join her brother in Boston. But the TITANIC is destined for tragedy, and Margaret's journey is thrown into a frozen nightmare when the ship collides with an iceberg.

Margaret's diary records the unimaginable drama and anguish only a survivor could comprehend.

PRAISE FOR DEAR AMERICA:

"More than a supplement to classroom textbooks, this series is an imaginative, solid entre into American history." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"An impressive series that will challenge students to make connections from prominent historical events to relevant life situations. . . . A wonderful asset to the classroom as well as to home libraries." --CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW SERVICE

"Engaging accessible historical fiction." --SLJ

"The Dear America diaries represent the best of historical fiction for any age." --CHICAGO TRIBUNE

In her diary in 1912, thirteen-year-old Margaret Ann describes how she leaves her lonely life in a London orphanage to become a companion to a wealthy American woman, sails on the Titanic, and experiences its sinking.

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Children's Literature - Cynthia Levinson
Part of the series "Dear America," this historical novel traces thirteen-year-old Margaret Ann Brady from March 28, 1912, when she is a resident in London's St. Abernathy's Orphanage for Girls, through April 20, 1912, when she is reunited with her older brother, William, in Charlestown, Massachusetts. The story proceeds through entries into her journal. Flashbacks explain that she and her brother were orphaned as young children and lived on the streets of London until he reluctantly deposited her at the orphanage. In the opening entry, readers learn that her favorite nun, Sister Catherine, is arranging for Margaret to accompany Mrs. Carstairs, an American, on her voyage home on the R.M.S. Titanic. A spunky character, Margaret comments wryly on Mrs. Carstairs' mangling her name and on Americans' appalling tendency to drink coffee. She also is awed by but pleased to accept a new wardrobe and the lavish appointments and meals onboard. Befriending a crewmember, with whom she relinquishes her carefully rehearsed upper-class accent, returning to her Cockney origins, and spying steerage passengers, Margaret muses on British class structure. Then, disaster hits. She describes events as the Titanic founders and sinks and she is rescued. Written in the formal, somewhat stilted English of educated Britons at the time, the book incorporates information about society, living conditions, and historical events. The story will probably absorb readers, even though the journal format is unconvincing; for instance, most journal writers do not explain their past in detail nor is it likely that anyone kept a daily journal immediately before and after the sinking of the Titanic. An imagined epilogue that follows Margaret through her college and working years until her death is convincing, despite the fact that few immigrant youngsters in her situation had the luxury of attending college. Reviewer: Cynthia Levinson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545238342
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Series: Dear America Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 192,548
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Ellen Emerson White has written several critically acclaimed novels for young adults, among them THE PRESIDENT'S DAUGHTER, and its follow-up, LONG MAY SHE REIGN, as well as LIFE WITHOUT FRIENDS and LONG LIVE THE QUEEN. Ms. White graduated from Tufts University with a BA in English. She also studied fire science and police science at John Jay College in New York City and is certified to teach high school English. Her interests include the Vietnam War, cooking, downhill skiing, the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots, jazz, reading, politics, and pets.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    OMG! 2 GOOD 2 B TRU!!!

    This book deserves 5000000 stars! It is fantastic!

    13 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Interesting and totally true facts.

    This is a book that any young reader is sure to enjoy. My favorite part is when the Titanic sinks because it is full of suspense!!!!

    9 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

    Anonamous

    This book is amazing! I highly recommend it!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    Wowzers

    Amazing and heartwarming!!! Read this book!! I have just started reading this series and I love them!! This is the first one I read, and I was NOT dissapointed, and you won't be either. Read this!!!! :D

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2012

    Deserves infinity strs!

    Its just amazing. The detail is just phonominal! I love the epic of the titanic and always find new books to read about it. This is definetly in the top 5

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Dear America books are great books for young girls who are inter

    Dear America books are great books for young girls who are interested in reading. They not only tell a great story that keeps the reader interested, but it also offers historical backdrops for an added bonus of learning while having fun. Very appropriate for young teens.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

    Hi

    I read this, and it was really enjoyable. At the end it really showed the chaos of when people started to realize that the ship was sinking. At one piont I forgot that I was reading a journal.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2006

    Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady

    I think the book Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady, by Ellen Emerson White, is a fantastic book. It is about a 12-year-old orphan named Margaret Ann Brady. Her older brother William put Margaret in an orphanage and came to the US for a better life. William is trying to make enough money for Margaret¿s voyage to America. Margaret gets an offer to come to the US as a companion for Mrs. Carstairs. She gets to travel to the US as a first-class passenger on the Titanic. Along the way, she meets many people including Robert, a boy she grows fond of. Margaret thought her trip would be perfect, but she was really wrong. I personally, loved this book. It was a fabulous novel. I like this book because it¿s historical fiction and because it¿s on the Titanic. I think that¿s what makes the book more interesting. If you¿ve seen the movie, then you will probably like reading this book. It¿s a lot like the movie. Though it may seem like this book is for everyone, it¿s not. It¿s mostly for girls who love reading about historical fiction about the Titanic.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2013

    Book review

    I recmond you read the Dear America series. They are very great! I have read some of them and I loved them! So you should read them.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    Awesome

    It was an amazing book! I read it for a book report it was the best book i have ever read. It was sad it was happy it was really sad,please read it find out what happens. ;) :);):)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Hope,peace ans Hope,peace and love

    Love and hope is what you will get to disscover as the sadness spreads around the world and you will soon see the sadness in familys and you will see the heart breaking stories of who servivers and who whent down in the trajic ship,if only you would bie the book and be apart of the story

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    When i was younger

    When i was younger iloved these series. My family and frienfs would trase me because many people would die(: love love love!

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2013

    I read this book in May and it is now August. I can still almost

    I read this book in May and it is now August. I can still almost remember everything. This book is well-written, has great characters, and is most definitely a page-turner! I love this series and this is definitely my favorite! Educational and fascinating!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    Book

    This book was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! I love this book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2013

    This has to be one of my favorites from the "Dear America&q

    This has to be one of my favorites from the "Dear America" series! No girl should pass up this lovely book. It is the fictional story of Margaret Ann Brady as she sets sail on the Titanic's first voyage. Amidst all the excitement, no one realizes the devastating fate of that ship. It will be a horrible shock to all.

    I immensely loved "Voyage on the Great Titanic". It's worthy of being read a second time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2012

    9

    Hey Im 9 too! B&N you really need to get some more games on here like TEMPLE RUN!!!!!! :-(

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    Amazing boooooook!!!!!!!:)

    Ths book was amazing it seems like she was acually on the titanic!!:)

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    Bravo!!!!!!!"!!!"""!!!!!!!!!!!

    I tried to read this before, well like 10 times and it get boring. I tried one more time and i think i picked it up good! It became RAELLY interesting! This is whatgot my Titanic crazy faze in like 3rd grade to like 7th grade!!!! Awsome book i say!!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    Voyage on the great Titanic

    I love this book. It is one of my favorite books. This book is a little hard to read though.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    Loved it!!!

    Best dear america book the has ever been :) :) :)

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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