Sailing to America on board the Titanic, young Albert faces grown-up decisions about life and death when the magnificent ship is struck by an iceberg and begins to sink. Reprint.
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Grade 5-8?In an entertaining blend of fact and fiction, Albert Trask, 13, relates his experience aboard the opulent, ill-fated Titanic. He, his widowed mother, and spoiled little sister, Virginia, are returning to the U.S. from England, accompanied by domineering Uncle Claybourne. Albert's wealthy paternal grandmother in McLean, VA, is determined to oversee the lives of her daughter-in-law and grandchildren. Knowing his mother's desire for independence, Albert attempts to meet a distinguished theatrical producer who is onboard to find employment for her. His shipboard efforts fail, however, with the scrape of an iceberg. With historical accuracy, the orchestra plays on, lights are kept burning, half-full lifeboats are lowered, and passengers debate the seriousness of their situation. Albert is privy to crewmen's conversation about too much speed through the ice fields. He witnesses the desperate pleas of the ship's designer and officers to mobilize the passengers. The boy shoves his sister into a boat but is shamed into staying on deck to prove his manhood. Ultimately flung into the icy North Atlantic, he is one of the few to be plucked from the sea and taken aboard the Carpathia. His mother and uncle are lost, but Albert, Virginia, and Albert's friend, Emily, survive. At story's end, the young man stands up to his grandmother's overbearing demands and begins to discover that her plans for her orphaned grandchildren take their happiness into account. Readers lured more readily by fiction than nonfiction will find suspense, character development, and pathos amid the dramatic events.?Gerry Larson, Neal Middle School, Durham, NC
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Gr. 4^-8. Under pressure from his Grandmother Trask in Virginia, 13-year-old Albert Trask and his family are returning to the U.S. on the Titanic. Because his recently widowed mother is preoccupied with escaping her mother-in-law's control, and his younger sister, Ginny, is busy acting out to gain her mother's attention, Albert is free to explore the colossal ship and observe its passengers. He learns much during his four-day journey, and when the ship begins to sink (and Mother cannot be located), Albert must help Ginny and himself aboard a lifeboat. Williams includes several real passengers among her mostly fictitious characters and carefully distinguishes between the two in her afterword. The use of specific dates and times for chapter headings adds to the narrative's authentic flavor. Although Albert's mother and uncle seem one-dimensional (ensuring that few readers will mourn their demise), this is a fast-paced adventure that will appeal to history buffs as well as fans of Ballard's Exploring the Titanic (1988). Kay Weisman
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Book Description Scholastic Paperbacks, 1997. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0590944649
Book Description Scholastic Paperbacks, 1997. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110590944649