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Dangerous Waters: An Adventure on the Titanic

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  246 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews

A stowaway, a stolen book, a murderous villain: an adventure on the most famous shipwreck in history.
The great ocean liner Titanic is preparing to cross the Atlantic. On board is a sinister thief bent on stealing a rare book that may be the key to unlocking infinite treasure, a wealthy academic traveling home to America with his rare book collection, and Patrick Waters, a
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by Roaring Brook Press
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Beth G.
The whole city had come out to watch Titanic and the strong, heavy smell of coal filled the air. After a few breaths, gritty black dust coated his tongue. The taste of progress, as Mr. Joyce called it.

April, 1912: The RMS Titanic sets sail for her maiden voyage with more than 2000 people aboard. Among the passengers on the "Queen of the Sea": a wealthy book collector with a rare and valuable volume, a cunning thief desperate for money, and a young steward looking for a chance to be a pa
Sep 26, 2012 Tarissa rated it really liked it
It's hard to find an accurate and well-written fictional book about the Titanic. "Dangerous Waters", however, meets my expectations! It was engaging, satisfying, and even after I finished, still exhilarating. The thing that reeled me in was the main subject of the plot: books! My favorite pastime is reading, so if there is a Titanic story out there that really focuses on the wonder of books (and the terrible loss of books that went down with the Titanic), then it's probably an automatic favorite ...more
Ashley Chen
Mar 11, 2012 Ashley Chen rated it liked it
First of all I loved all the different point of views. The characters were very lovable. I really loved James; he seemed like a perfect big brother. Though there were a lot of names to remember in the first two chapters that it can get a little confusing.

The book is quite descriptive but it still left me thinking up my own idea of the setting. The Titanic is beautifully described.

The book didn't have the amount of suspense as I hoped. It was good, but it definitely didn't blow me away. I wish G
Oct 07, 2014 Nathan rated it really liked it
For the book Dangerous Waters:An Adventure On The Titanic i chose to give it 4 stars because of the two different perspectives. I also liked this book because it had a mini cliff hanger at the end of every chapter.
The last thing I liked was the thrills it gave me for example: when Patrick was being chased inside Titanic by John Berryman who had a knife!
Oct 23, 2015 Jonny99 rated it liked it
Presumably the title does not refer to the under-aged hero also named "Waters" as Mone portrays him as a milquetoast and eventual professorial type. Rather it must refer to the North Atlantic even though technically the dangerous bit was the ice floating in the water - the water itself was actually quite smooth. Fun fact: oceanographic scientists guestimate that the iceberg may have been tooling around the North Atlantic for some 3,000 years before finally getting to send a boat to the bottom.


Aug 12, 2013 Dwk rated it really liked it
I liked the book. I only rated it four stars because at the start it was a little confusing. I saw the picture of the titanic on the front so i know it would have somthing to do with a voyage on the titanic and how it sunk. But it took a while for me to realize that someone was going on the titanic since the start of the book was some weird guy in a library threatening someone in the middle of the night. Then the book magically went to he titanic. Besides that i liked the book.
Apr 12, 2015 Lea rated it really liked it
Holdie and I read this aloud and it was a great take on historical fiction for intermediate readers and adults too!
Aug 17, 2014 Beth added it
Who wouldn't like a mystery set aboard the Titanic? This book is sure to appeal to Titanic fans as well those who like mysteries, adventure stories, and/or historical fiction. Patrick Waters' brother is off on an exciting job working in the engine room of the Titanic. Not wanting to be left behind, he gets a work card from a man not able to make the ship. Although he makes it on board, his youth causes him to be unable to perform his duties. Fortunately, another position opens for him. This book ...more
Miss Amanda
gr 5-8 223 pgs

1912, Titanic. 12 year old Patrick is determined to prove that he is a hard worker just like his older brother James, who works as a boiler room trimmer, instead he ends up working as a steward. One of the rich passengers, Harry Widener, takes an interest in him and encourages Patrick's interest in books. Patrick discovers that his benefactor has a first edition of Bacon's "Essaies" and that there are others willing to do anything to get their hands on it. As the Titanic begins to
Sep 10, 2014 Donna rated it really liked it
Fans of adventure stories and the Titanic will enjoy this mystery/adventure story. Patrick hopes to get hired as trimmer (shovels coal into the engine) on the Titanic, but due to his age, he lands a position as a steward. There he meets a man who loves books and has brought a very rare copy of one with him aboard the ship. Patrick also meets a thief and has to make a tough moral decision when the thief gives him money to get the book for him. We know the ship sinks, but does the rare book go dow ...more
Mar 27, 2014 Zsolt rated it it was amazing
So, this book is written from multiple 3rd person perspectives. One of them is a thief, searching for the secret that will bring his 'master' and maybe him to gold. Another is A boy, whose father is a thinker and came to nothing. He disguises himself as a trimmer to get on board, and is sent to the man who has the book's personal steward. He learns from him... and the thief tries to get. it. But as we all to well know, the boat was on a collision course with an iceberg and on its way too the bot ...more
Sep 13, 2015 Ty rated it really liked it
This book is like the Titanic. The boat was going along the Atlantic ocean and all of a sudden the boat fits a iceberg and the boat starts to sink and it takes awhile to sink but people are trying to get on the other boat that they had that is a escape boat. But back than they let the higher more wealthy people rich people go first. so the other people were getting on the boat first and then the boat just splits in half and people are falling crying jumping off the boat. These two people survive ...more
Jan 12, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it
Patrick Waters, a 12-yr-old, steward on the Titanic, meets a wealthy American book collector on board, who decides Patrick will be his protégé. Harry Widenor is carrying a very rare and very valuable book that may have a secret code. At least two book thieves think so. Patrick helps foil their several plots to get the book while the ship is sailing.

We all know the fate of the Titanic that adds to the tension in the story as the reader wonders which of the character will survive and if the book
Jaime nava
Oct 26, 2014 Jaime nava rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes history and mystery
Dangerous waters is just great . It has(almost)everything ,a stowaway, stolen book, and murderous villain. I love history and mystery, this is just a perfect combination!!!!!!!! I love how they made the main character, Patrick , look wimpy then he saves the most precious book in the Titanic. I felt really sad when I got to the part when Patrick's friend and brother died aboard the Titanic. I recommend this book to a person who loves history and mystery. If this was a series I would continue to r ...more
Cooper Jones
Jan 24, 2015 Cooper Jones rated it liked it
I kinda liked this book. I thought the story was really good. I liked that it was something I would read as a kid where they were good guys and villains and a valuable treasure to be stolen. Although I am no longer and kid and read this book purely because I had to, I found it entertaining. It only took me a day to read, so not to complicated for me, but the ending I found myself getting lost mostly because I was tired and loosing interest. Every book has flaws, so maybe the younger humans shoul ...more
With all the recent attention to the 100th anniversary of Titanic's tragedy, this book is a great introduction to the subject for middle grade readers. It's well written, with a glimpse of both the workers on the ship, and the elegant first class. I particularly enjoyed getting to know more about the Trimmers.

The main story is a little bit of a mystery that involves a valuable book, secrets, villains, and an unlikely 12-year-old hero. Young Patrick Waters finds himself following his brother onto
Mar 31, 2012 Phoebe rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Cheryl, Deborah, Valerie
Gregory Mone can write--I was pleasantly surprised from page 1. Atmosphere and plot, though amply developed, don't get in the way of the action of this well-thought-out, historically based tale of Harry Widener, his rare book collection traveling home on the Titanic, and the two (purely fictional) men plotting to steal a particularly special one for the secret formula it might contain. But the main character is Patrick Waters, a young man who wants to do more in life than wash dishes at his loca ...more
Dan Rogers
Nov 30, 2013 Dan Rogers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a general rule I'm not one to read a book, or watch a movie, about an event that is so widely popular. So, I surprised even myself when I picked up this book and began reading. What I found was a highly engaging, hard to put down mystery surrounding a rare book, its owner, and two men who want to get their hands on it to extract from it a supposed cryptic alchemy formula for turning things into gold. Through the story we also get to meet Irish brothers James & Patrick Waters who have lef ...more
Oct 06, 2013 Jenni rated it really liked it
Short review: Middle Level- Great book for hesitant readers, or those who 'HATE HISTORICAL FICTION!!!!!ELEVEN!!11!!'

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I bought this book to add to my school's library from Scholastic. Unfortunately, historical fiction is rarely read in my school and I wanted to find books to draw students into the genre. This book appeared to be all that I could hope for- and it was!

The stories surrounding the Titanic tend to me popular anyways, but adding the actiony mystery to the
Sep 19, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it
Twelve-year-old Patrick wants to follow in the footsteps of his older brother, who's a trimmer on the Titanic. Patrick manages to sneak on the ship and land a job as a spittoon-holder, a task more suited for his slight frame than shoveling coal. On board, Patrick stumbles across a plot by a man looking to steal a rare book from Harry, a book collector who's taken an interest in Patrick's education. Patrick has to figure out what secrets the book could hold and what he should do now that he's bee ...more
Sep 20, 2012 Brenda rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
The story begins with a mysterious man trying to "borrow" a book from a booksellers shop, only to find that the book is on its way aboard the Titanic with its current wealthy owner Harry Widener. The book in question is Sir Francis Bacon's Essaies and the thief is Berryman. Berryman was hired by Mr. Rockwell another wealthy individual who wants the book for a treasure hunt of sorts and believes it holds the very secrets to alchemy. The story then shifts to an alehouse were the main character Pat ...more
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May 17, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it
Ages 8-12. Patrick's brother is a Trimmer on the new ocean liner the Titanic, and 12-year-old Patrick finds an opportunity to sneak on board to work "like a man" alongside his brother. Meanwhile, Harry Widener, a wealthy passenger, carries a valuable book that another passenger, Mr. Rockwell, believes carries a code instructing how to make gold from ordinary metal and is anxious to get his hands on. He has even hired a thief to get the book for him. Patrick faints in the boiler room and is reass ...more
Benjmin Torres
Nov 07, 2014 Benjmin Torres rated it it was amazing
Benjamin Torres
Period 3/4
Dangerous Water
The main reason that I put 5 stars on this book is that it had the same story on the titanic, but a little different. When I read the book it was interesting. I saw the movie, but never read the book. When I saw the book, I wanted to read it. In the story, it says that the titanic was case by the captain, which was true. That is why I give this book 5 star.
j.m.Brigid Bello
Apr 09, 2012 j.m.Brigid Bello rated it it was amazing
What did I think? I loved it, as my rating should make clear. This book was a real page turner. I wanted to know whether the young protaganist, 12-year-old Patrick Waters, was going to do the right thing and whether he would foil the scheming of the intellectually snobbish villains. If I was going to give it a genre, I would say this is a literary mystery, historical fiction, satire, suspense, adventure and more. The attention to historic detail enabled me to really visualize what it must have b ...more
Dec 18, 2014 Dave rated it really liked it
This is an interesting piece of literature which uses the Titanic as a backdrop for a cloak and dagger story. Here are some of the things I liked in this book: using real passenger names who actually were on the Titanic as characters in this story; Front cover; Coded cipher in the book people are after; Short Chapters; Good character development of main characters; time line of actual events in the Titanic’s tragic maiden voyage and sub plots with thieves.
LaQuita (Just Us Girls)
This book took you on a different story on the Titanic. I actually enjoyed it. Though the first couple of chapters were pretty slow, the descriptions are amazing. Reading the descriptions you'll be able to imagine just exactly what is going on, what the characters look like, etc. It describes the Titanic perfectly. Though there could have been a bit more adventure in this book for my taste, a younger audience would actually find this very adventurous and would love it. It's a great read for kids ...more
Amanda R
Sep 26, 2015 Amanda R rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, although it is not my favorite Titanic read. I found some historical flaws, mainly focusing on the crew, although they were not fatal to the story. I started this book in July, got half way through and lost interest, I picked it back up and was able to finish the last half in one sitting. The plot did not interest me that much, but there were some interesting twists that kept me from putting it down altogether.
Jun 01, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This could possibly be my 1st read-aloud for next year's 5th grade class. The main character is a boy who is smart and gets entangled in a mystery aboard the Titanic. Loosely based on the real life of one of the characters, this could lead to an interesting study on the Titanic.

"The great ocean liner Titanic is preparing to cross the Atlantic. Onboard is a sinister thief bent on stealing a rare book that may be the key to unlocking infinite treasure; a wealthy academic traveling home to America
Jun 28, 2014 Marty rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
In this historical fiction thriller, the reader will learn many details about the creation and sinking of the Titanic. The story also involves a stowaway and villain who are scheming to steal a very rare and valuable book. Finally, in this book you will find out who first came up with the quotation "knowledge is power!"
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