Book Review: The Sinking Of The Titanic By Lauren Tarshis
Title: The Sinking Of The Titanic, 1912
Author: Lauren Tarshis
Genre: Historical Fiction, Middle Grade
Series: I Survived (Book 1)
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: June 1, 2010
Summary – The Sinking Of The Titanic
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.
This series has always been in the back of my mind. The 9-year-old I babysit for mentioned these books to me and I decided to try to read some of his favorite books over the summer before I see him again in the fall.
The book cover is nice. It shows all the elements of the book and the title is big and easy to read.
This book tells the story of the Titanic through the eyes of a young boy boarded on the ship. His name is George and he’s on the Titanic with his Aunt Daisy and younger sister Penelope. They’re on their way back home to their father. When there are about three days left of their trip, the Titanic hits an iceberg and begins to sink.
The plot is well executed and tells the story of the Titanic well. It’s a quick read and for such a subject, no information is lost or left out.
The characters in the story are fictional though they are based off real people who had survived the Titanic. George and his family meet a young boy and his father. Aunt Daisy takes the young boy since only woman and children are allowed to evacuate first.
George accidentally gets left behind. He and the boy’s father work together. I enjoyed how this played out since it really showed development in all the characters but also genuine human kindness in such a dire situation. The fictional characters are well played.
The writing of this book is perfect for the target age group. All the information about this historical event is there. It’s not thrown in your face or too graphic.
This book is under 100 pages. You learn a lot in a short amount of time. Reading it through a 10-year-old boy’s eyes really makes it easy to read and understand despite the subject matter.
The Sinking Of The Titanic, 1912 By Lauren Tarshis
“A bellowing sound, like a giant beast was dying a terrible death.”Lauren Tarshis, The Sinking of The Titanic (I Survived, Book 1)