Trapped On The Titanic
by Tammy Knox
Callie Elizabeth is a typical eighth grader with a normal life until she finds herself alone staring into the eyes of a crying photograph while at a Titanic exhibit. Who is the girl in the photograph and why does she look so much like Callie? As Callie seeks to find the answer to the girl in the photograph, she finds herself engulfed in family secrets, haunting visits, and...more
Kindle Edition, 206 pages
Published February 17th 2012 by Tammy Knox
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So I thought this would be an interesting short read about the Titanic. It was short. It had it's interesting moments. The premise of the mystery involving Elizabeth's death was what drew me to the book. The writing style of the author bordered on novice and a good editor should have caught that. There were many instances where the author wrote out a contraction in the beginning of the page and used the contraction later in the page (e.g. I cannot do this vs I can't do this). And it wasn't limit...more
Tammy Knox's YA Novel "Trapped on the Titanic" was a wonderfully fun read. Part ghost story, part mystery, part historical fiction this will appeal to a broad audience. 8th Grader Callie Elizabeth is surprised to see a photograph in the Titanic exhibit of a little girl who looks just like her. She is even more surprised when the girl in the photo begins to cry and she hears a voice begging her to help. The mystery unfolds as Callie learns that she had an ancestor who perished on the Titanic...th...more
This is a great juvinile fiction piece. I read it anyway because it caught my attention especially around the Titanic's anniversary. I had been to the Titanic exhibit and was pulled into the story because of that. The main character finds she is related to a passenger that perished when the ship sank. The story chronicles the events that may have lead up to the relative's demise and the interest the main character has in setting the story straight for the family history. Enjoyable book.
The story was interesting, but the author is definitely more a historian than a writer. While her take on historical events was good, her characters were one-dimensional, the dialogue was pithy, and many of the fictional events were way too predictable. She also really needs to work on her grammar, including knowing the difference between that vs. which and good vs. well, not to mention apostrophe usage.
Okay, I thought it was incredibly strange to add the ghost aspect and I was willing to put up with it to read the history part, but the pictures? Yikes! That almost kept me from continuing to read! I like history, and I'm curious how much of this was true. Maybe just the general Titanic parts? Then to throw in a little romance, just seemed like a lot was going on!
Apr 01, 2012 Tanya Marie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Eerie read and could have done without the sparse pictures, esp the one with Elizabeth and the doll - freaky! Overall, a clever twist on a story involving the Titanic sinking. Good writing but could have been tweaked in several places to avoid redundancy. Simple and and quick read that has a tidy closure at the end. A good ghost story!
This was an interesting read. It definitely kept my interest, even as an adult. I loved history at Callie's age and enjoyed watching her unwrap the mystery. I actually could have done without the ghost-story aspect. I think it could have been as good or better just as a historical book without the ghost aspect.
I am not sure why this book has such bad reviews. Ok, I have a son with Aspergers that is obsessed with the titanic and it was nice to read a fiction book rather than non fiction. The story was chilling at times, and I thought decently written. There were times that things seemed a little too convenient, and my son kept arguing with the authors choice of the last song played. Overall I enjoyed it and had fun reading it with my kids.