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Titanic crossing

by Williams, Barbara, 1925-

Format: Book on CD 2000
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Shaler North Hills Library Juvenile Audiovisual j B-O-CD WIL
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Audiovisual
Call Number  j B-O-CD WIL
In 1912, thirteen-year-old Albert considers his younger sister a pest, but things change when they travel with their mother and uncle aboard the Titanic and are caught up in its tragic sinking.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "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). (Reviewed May 15, 1995)0803717903Kay Weisman"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "The sinking of the Titanic in April 1912 provides the emotional peak of this fact-based novel. Albert Trask, 13, is thrilled to be leaving England with his widowed mother, uncle and six-year-old sister. He's had enough of private tutoring and rainy weather, and can't wait to return to the family home outside Washington, D.C. But as the journey begins, Albert overhears a passenger suggest that the vessel isn't carrying enough lifeboats-a suspicion he confirms in conversation with a crewman. Williams (Mitzi and the Terrible Tyrannosaurus Rex) devotes relatively little space to the actual calamity, however, and the lengthy prelude grows tedious. The author's postscript mentions that Albert was created from a boy she discovered in her research, a 13-year-old initially prevented from boarding a lifeboat because he had attained the age of manhood. No passage in the novel itself, unfortunately, evokes the catastrophe with as much poignancy. Ages 9-13. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Titanic (Steamship) -- Juvenile fiction.
Titanic (Steamship) -- Fiction.
Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
Ocean liners -- Fiction.
Publisher Prince Frederick, MD :Recorded Books,2000
Contributors Woodman, Jeff.
Participants/Performers Narrated by Jeff Woodman.
Language English
Notes Compact disc.
An unabridged recording of the book.
With tracks every 3 minutes for easy book marking.
In container (17 cm.).
Description 4 audio discs (4 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 0788761560
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