Titanic Book Two: Collision Course Paperback – Aug 1 2011
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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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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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Four children of wildly different backgrounds confront Jack the Ripper as the Titanic sinks.
Alfie is a GREAT name!
Historical fiction with a twist? Who can pass it up?
Complex characters with different motives.
Too much lingo...
The real accident could easily have been prevented, making this trilogy sad. :(
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.
I loved the addition of the Jack the Ripper mystery to the Titanic story. I thought it was brilliant, or else this could easily have been just another "THE SHIP IS SINKING WHAT DO WE DO?!" story. Korman nailed this journey with that subplot addition. It turned a disaster book into a pursuit book, and I think it was brilliant. It certainly grabbed my attention.
That said, I don't think it should have been three books. Korman could easily have combined them into one book and been done with it.