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Titanic Book Two: Collision Course [Paperback]

Gordon Korman
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Aug. 1 2011 Titanic (Book 2)
The ultimate action and adventure trilogy begins, with #1 bestselling author Gordon Korman plunging readers into the heart of the Titanic

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.


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Praise for Gordon Korman's Titanic series:

"Though best known and loved for his humorous books, Korman has proven here, as he has with the other adventure series he's penned, that he is far from a one-trick pony." — Quill & Quire

"[Korman] knows how to spin a lively and engaging tale. Hanging it on an already fascinating, albeit tragic, slice of history means it wins on all levels: a thrilling account of a heart-stopping disaster, and a set of fictional characters seamlessly intertwined with real life." — The Montreal Gazette

"Korman manages to tell the story of the Titanic smoothly while also introducing other elements of the early twentieth century...Altogether an enjoyable read that makes this tragic story come alive with personal narratives." — Resource Links

"Highly Recommended" — Canadian Review of Materials

About the Author

Gordon Korman wrote his first novel, This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall!, when he was only 12 years old. To date Gordon has written 70 middle-grade and YA novels, including two titles in the #1 New York Times bestselling series The 39 Clues. Gordon lives in Great Neck, New York.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought Dec 30 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bought all three books in this series for my father as a Christmas present. I didn't read the description well enough or the reviews, as they are children's books. My mistake and my Dad still wanted to read them so as long as he get some enjoyment from the tale they were worth the buy.

UPDATE!!!! Jan 2nd, 2014 - I talked to my Dad today and asked if he had looked at these books yet or ready any of the first one...he has already read all three and enjoyed them very, very much!! He said they were great stories and very factual based on all the other Titanic books he had read over the years, my Dad is 83 almost 84, so he has read a few! He really like the story portion as apposed to it just being data.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't really approprate for my 9 year old--Parents beware Jan. 14 2014
By Dana Sherman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My son (upon the suggestion of our school's librarian) selected this book for his 4th grade scrap book book report. When he was done reading it there was still time before he needed to work on the report so I decided to read it as well. I mistakenly through he had a book about the Titanic told through fictional characters. It is rather a whole different story told using the Titanic as it's setting.

**Spoiler Alert**

My son is not sheltered but I would not have had him read a book that indirectly tells part of the story of Jack the Ripper. There is a scene where "Jack the Ripper" is going to murder one of the girls. Ultimately, she is saved when the ship hits the iceberg. It was not something a 9 year old needs to read about.

There are themes that were hard to explain to son:

-Why someone would save people who murdered their best friend.
-Who Jack the Ripper was?
-Why he liked killing best with a knife but was willing to use a gun.

There are plenty more but these are the ones stand out.

As I read the book report my son produced it is 100% on point and correct but not really appropriate for a 9 year old. I can only imagine what his teacher will think when she reads it.

I believe the material is well written and language wise on point for a 8-12 year old, however, the material wasn't really appropriate for a child this young.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Better Titanic Books Exist, Good for Reluctant Readers Sept. 12 2013
By Carpe Librum - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
So many books have been written about Titanic, I would have a difficult time recommending this one. I almost gave it 2 stars but I did get through it and the action is quick paced, so I decided to be generous.

This installment tells the story of Titanic's days at sea up to the collision with the iceberg. Since these books are 5th grade level, I question why they were even issued as three separate books that can be read in under 2 hours each rather than making them one more substantial novel. I guess it's so they could have their lovely covers - it really is the most impressive thing about them.

I found Paddy's character less and less interesting and not one that inspired my sympathy as he adds to his list of illegal activities in this book. Alfie is less of a rascal but not really more interesting, and I had a hard time even keeping the girls straight. This book needed someone for me to care about other than the famous real people who I already knew were going to die.

If I remind myself that Korman is writing to 4-6th graders, I will give him credit for adding some historical content for the kids: women's rights, pre-income tax ultra rich, and Jack the Ripper. This last was a little bit of an odd addition and led to very un-childlike quotes like, "And I'll be waiting for you in hell!" Not a line I really would expect in a book for 10 year olds.

For kids who need constant action but not character development, this book may be an acceptable choice. (Though they may be annoyed by the story not really reaching any conclusion until the end of the third book.) They also may get lost in the nautical lingo that is used without including any type of glossary. Of course, there are those kids who just love to read about Titanic. If that's they case, by all means, read away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! Dec 29 2011
By Jardon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This second book in Gordon Korman's Titanic triology is a fast-paced narrative driving the reader onward just like the enormous engines of the ship itself. Chapters build to a crescendo, leaving the reader (my 8 year old and I) loathe to stop for the night and head off to bed! The first volume hooked us on the characters and their stories. The second volume continues the story of the four friends as they find themselves in a fight for suvival due to both a mysterious "gentleman" and the mortally wounded "unsinkable" liner. I highly recommend this volume (as well as the first). We will be starting the third tonight.
5.0 out of 5 stars Whether you love Titanic or youth adventure, this series is a winner Sept. 4 2013
By Scot T. Gillies - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Author Gordon Korman offers just the right blend of humor, intrigue, mystery, and suspense in his adventure trilogies. The most important author of young adult fiction writing today.
4.0 out of 5 stars (Also Posted on Goodreads) Aug. 18 2013
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Format:Paperback
Summary
Four children of wildly different backgrounds confront Jack the Ripper as the Titanic sinks.

Likes
Alfie is a GREAT name!
Historical fiction with a twist? Who can pass it up?
Complex characters with different motives.

Dislikes
Too much lingo...
The real accident could easily have been prevented, making this trilogy sad. :(
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