Survivors

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Two small boys, Michel and Edmond Navratil, are among the crowds waiting to board the ill-fated Titanic on her maiden voyage. The noise from the ship's sirens, the vast size of the awesome liner and the anxiety of their first sea voyage has created an air of excitement and fear on the bustling quays. But the boys' father, Michel Navratil Snr. has another reason to be anxious -- he has snatched the two children from their mother and they are traveling under false names to begin a new life in America. When the ship sinks father and children are separated. The boys survive the tragedy but no-one knows who they are. What will happen to the boys with no name? Will they ever be reunited with their mother? Elizabeth Navratil tells the true story of her grandfather, father and uncle and their voyage aboard the Titanic. The events surrounding the voyage and the fateful night of 14th April 1912 are real, with the exception of some small details.

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Elisabeth Navratil's grandfather, Michel Navratil, and her father and uncle, were aboard the Titanic on the night the world's unsinkable ship sank. The story of the tragedy is now very much a part of Elisabeth's own life story. She has realised her dreams of a career in music by becoming an opera director. Elisabeth has directed works such as Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni, and as well as a production called Mozart Titanic.

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Gr 7 Up-There are gripping moments in this tale of the Titanic's doomed voyage, but in the end the story sinks under the weight of long-winded descriptions and sparse dialogue. While the author purports to tell her father's "true" story-he was four years old at the time-she admits in the postscript to changing details and inventing characters. The book begins as Navratil's grandfather boards the ship with his two- and four-year-old sons. With his marriage falling apart, he has decided to kidnap the children, flee France under an assumed name, and start a new life in America. The voyage begins routinely enough, though with a great deal of heavy-handed foreshadowing. Finally, after an overlong tour of the ship and lengthy dissertations on the engines, cabins, and dining areas, it's almost a relief when the ship collides with the fateful iceberg. The scenes that follow are more absorbing as Michel struggles to save his sons by getting them into the crowded lifeboats. Tension builds as his own survival grows more and more doubtful. However, the constantly shifting point of view and flat style make it difficult to care about any of the characters. Survivors is a choice only for those who devour everything they can find about the Titanic's first and final voyage. Other readers may prefer Eve Bunting's SOS Titanic (Harcourt, 1996) or Ellen Emerson White's Voyage on the Great Titanic (Scholastic, 1998).

Miranda Doyle, San Francisco Public Library

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