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I Survived: The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912

I Survived: The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912
Lauren Tarshis
Scholastic Press, 2010
Source: Library
Audience: Children

From Goodreads:
The most terrifying events in history are brought vividly to life in this new fictional series! In book 1, ten-year-old George is trapped on the Titanic -- how will he survive?

Ten-year-old George Calder can't believe his luck -- he and his little sister, Phoebe, are on the famous Titanic, crossing the ocean with their Aunt Daisy. The ship is full of exciting places to explore, but when George ventures into the first class storage cabin, a terrible boom shakes the entire boat. Suddenly, water is everywhere, and George's life changes forever.


The movie Titanic was BIG when I was a kid. It was just risqué enough to be PG-13 but not bad enough that 10-year-olds couldn’t watch it. I remember kids in the grade above me taking their Walkmans and Discmans out to listen to “My Heart Will Go On” over and over. The girls wanted to see it because it was romantic and the boys wanted to see it because Kate Winslet was topless. I wasn’t interested in the movie too much because of all the hype, but I did see it when it came out on VHS. (This post makes me feel super old.) I liked it well enough, but I definitely wasn’t as obsessed with the movie or Leonardo DiCaprio as some.

However, I found the actual historical event absolutely fascinating. Because of the movie, Titanic literature was EVERYWHERE. It was in magazines, on TV, and in books. As a result, I knew pretty much all there was to know about the Titanic. After a while, all of the stories, real or fictional, started to blur together. So with this book, I was hoping to read something a bit different. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. It reminded me a lot of one of the books that I read as a kid: Titanic Crossing by Barbara Williams. I totally loved that book and definitely read it more than once. This story had a similar to feel to it, so I didn’t learn anything knew. Because of the fact that I loved a book similar to it, I know that kids will love this I Survived book. And let’s face it, it’s an I Survived book. Kids love any of them.

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