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White Star : a dog on the Titanic

by Crisp, Marty.

Format: Print Book 2004
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 4 copies
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Sam Harris is on the voyage of a lifetime, traveling to New York on the "Titanic". The gigantic ship has every luxury Sam could think of, but there's only one thing that Sam really wants--the Irish setter on board, named White Star. But White Star belongs to the owner of the White Star Line--he'll never be Sam's. One freezing cold night Sam is jolted out of his sleep by a loud noise. When he sees a huge iceberg form his porthole, he knows something is very, very wrong. Whether Sam escapes or not will depend on the bravery of one faithful dog--White Star. The story of the "Titanic" is one of cowardice and courage, despair and determination, and of an unbreakable bond between a boy and a dog on one terrifying, unforgettable night.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 4-6. Twelve-year-old Sam Harris, a passenger on the Titanic, is excited to discover dogs aboard. After living with his grandparents in England for six years, he's understandably nervous about reuniting with his mother in America and meeting his new stepfather. Helping in the kennel brings a welcome distraction--especially when it comes to caring for Star, the Irish setter that belongs to the ship's captain. Star and Sam quickly bond, and when disaster strikes, the boy can't leave the dog behind. Sam is a sympathetic character, and Crisp weaves together fact and fiction as he paints a tragedy-laced survival story of two likable protagonists--a boy and a dog. Along with historical details and a nicely diverse cast of secondary characters, Crisp includes a map, a time line, a diagram of the ship, brief accounts of several real-life Titanic passengers, a reading list, and source notes. A survival story that will appeal to dog aficionados as well as kids interested in the tragedy. --Shelle Rosenfeld Copyright 2004 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Crisp meshes real and fictional figures in this middling tale centering on two survivors of the Titanic shipwreck: a 12-year-old boy and the dog belonging to the head of the White Star Line, owner of the doomed liner. When he spies the Irish setter boarding the ship with his master, Sam feels an immediate attachment to the beautiful dog, since he strongly resembles that owned by the boy's father, who died six years earlier. Sam's mother then gave the dog away-and sent her son to stay with his grandparents in England. Now Sam, reluctantly returning to America to live with his mother and new stepfather, finds comfort in the company of the setter-which he calls Star-and delights in helping the cabin boy in charge of the kennel care for him. As the days count down to disaster, Sam crosses paths with other canine passengers and their owners and spends time with his best friend, a likable, happy-go-lucky lad who, a bit too coincidentally, is crossing the Atlantic on the same ship and, a bit too predictably, is not among the survivors. Readers will obviously be pulling for Sam and Star when the two leap overboard as the Titanic begins to sink: Star-again, not surprisingly-buoys up the boy, and the two are rescued by a lifeboat. The characterization, plot and dialogue do not always ring true, but the novel's inherently gripping historical underpinnings, clearly well researched by Crisp, keep the story afloat. Ages 8-12. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Titanic (Steamship) -- Juvenile fiction.
Titanic (Steamship) -- Fiction.
Shipwrecks -- Fiction.
Irish setters -- Fiction.
Dogs -- Fiction.
Survival -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Holiday House,2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 150 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 0823415988
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