by Gordon Korman
Suggested Ages: 9-12
Release Date: August 1, 2011
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Description: The Titanic has hit the high seas - and moves steadily toward its doom. Within the luxury of the cabins and the dark underbelly of the ship, mysteries unfold - a secret killer who may be on board, a legacy that may be jeopardized, and a vital truth that will soon be revealed. For Paddy, Sophie, Juliana, and Alfie, life on the Titanic brings both hiding and seeking, as their lives become irrevocably intertwined.
And then, of course, an iceberg appears, and the stage is set for the final scene.
Mom: Jake seriously I think you should read this, its really kind of exciting.
Jake: Mom, you promised.
Mom: I know but you know what I think you should try. Tell ya what give it 5 chapters and if you don’t like it I will go buy you the next beast quest book.
Jake: Mom are you bribing me?
Mom: Yup totally. See how all this reading has made you so smart.
2 Days Later
Jake: It’s pretty scary and a little creepy but you are right, I wanted to keep reading it. There was tons of action and I really liked how smart the kids were and how dumb the adults were. Didn’t like reading it at night though since the Jack the Ripper guy was kinda creepy. Want to find out more about Jack the Ripper and the Titanic disaster, can we look up some stuff on the Internet? So since I finished reading it will you still buy me the Beast Quest.
Mom: Ok, so since you told me I was right, I will definitely buy you a new book. Now go tell your father that mom was right
Jake’s Rating:8.5/10 (just a little too scary and sad for my tastes)
Mom’s Review: This really was a fantastic read for the middle school reader. Lots of thrills and chills and smart kids solving things without bumbling adults getting in the way. History and moral questions thrown in such a subtle way kids won’t know they are learning things. This is such a treat with middle school fiction because you want to instill in kids the love of reading but at the same time teach them things and make them think. Korman really has a talent here and I can see why he sells tons of books. Ok guys this involves the Titanic so pretty much I am prejudice towards liking it. I promised Jake I wasn’t going to make him read this, but I think he will really enjoy it. Don’t want to give away too much but this story involves some interesting theories on the identity of Jack the Ripper and also how the disaster could have been prevented. Lighttoller really comes across as a jerk which differs from some of my reading. Love it, love it. Can’t wait to read the final part of the story.
Mom’s Rating: 10/10
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