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I SURVIVED #1 by Lauren Tarshis


The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912

by Lauren Tarshis & illustrated by Scott Dawson

Age Range: 7 - 10

Pub Date: June 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-545-20687-7
Publisher: Scholastic

Returning from England with his aunt and little sister, ten-year-old George Calder explores the Titanic and revels in the luxury of their first-class suite—until the night the ship hits an iceberg and his explorations and determination save their lives. In this first of a new adventure series aimed at reluctant readers, Tarshis has woven plenty of concrete, factual information into her narrative. In an attention-grabbing opening scene the sinking ship lurches and George falls and loses consciousness. Backing up 19 hours, the author describes George’s last day aboard ship, using short paragraphs with plenty of dialogue. George recalls earlier escapades: climbing into the crow’s nest, meeting third-class passengers—an Italian immigrant and his son—and sliding down the banister of the grand staircase. On the final night, looking for a mummy in the baggage room, he encounters a thief. Both immigrant and thief play roles in his survival. The plot involves too many convenient coincidences, but the fast pace and intrinsically fascinating disaster story will keep readers turning the pages to the unexpectedly sentimental ending. (author’s note, additional facts) (Historical fiction. 7-10)