Friday, August 5, 2016

I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic by Lauren Tarshis

Cover image for The sinking of the Titanic, 1912Here is another of the I Survived series.  In this one George is traveling with his sister and rich aunt returning from a trip broad.  George is a curious boy, and his curiosity sometimes gets him in trouble. He hears that one of the passengers is transporting a mummy in the ship's luggage compartment, so he sneaks from his cabin at night to try to see it.  While he is away the ship hits the iceberg. It takes a while for him and the rest of the passengers to realize the ship is sinking, and then he must struggle to find his family and a way off the ship.  As with the other I Survived book I read, it is easy to see why these are popular with otherwise reluctant readers.  They are short and exciting, and because of the title, there is never any worry that the main character will survive. Tarshis adds enough of sub-plot to make the story and characters interesting, and enough historical detail to make it feel a little authentic.  (96 p)

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