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WHITE STAR by Marty Crisp


A Dog on the Titanic

by Marty Crisp

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: April 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-8234-1598-8
Publisher: Holiday House

Crisp tells the familiar tale of the sinking of the Titanic with a twist. With a dog show scheduled for the afternoon of April 15, 1912, it’s clear that dogs were among the passengers destined for harbor in New York. Samuel Harris, having completed his exams in England is traveling home to be reunited with his mother and to meet her new husband. His doubts about his new life are quickly overshadowed, first by the majesty of the ship and then by the terrible disaster. Following his love of dogs, Sam makes himself useful in the kennels, where he meets Star, an exceptional Irish Setter. Filled with interesting facts about the famous ocean liner, this tale manages to offer some little-known tidbits and debunks some myths. Occasional passages that seem forced and overly obvious do little to mar an interesting look at a familiar subject. Appendices include maps, a timeline, and a suggested reading list. (Fiction. 8-12)