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Heroine of the Titanic: The Real Unsinkable Molly Brown

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  63 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Margaret (Molly) Brown is best known for her bravery and compassion during the tragic sinking of the Titanic, which catapulted her to international fame virtually overnight. But few people are aware that she was also an outspoken suffragist, a tireless champion of miners’ rights, and one of the first women to run for the U.S. Congress. Raised in a working-class Mississippi ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published April 23rd 2001 by Clarion Books
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Jean Ann
Nov 20, 2011 Jean Ann rated it really liked it
Shelves: lssl-5360, biography
I also read Heroine of the Titanic: The Real Unsinkable Molly Brown by Elaine Landau. I really enjoyed Landau’s biography of the heroic Margaret Brown (who was never called Molly during her lifetime). Most young readers (this book is perfect for 5th-8th graders) will know Brown as the feisty Titanic survivor portrayed by Kathy Bates in James Cameron’s blockbuster movie Titanic. They will learn throughout Landau’s realistic biography that Brown was much more than a survivor. She fought for equal ...more
Dec 21, 2009 Amber rated it it was ok
I chose this as one of my biographies for children's lit this fall because I've always been intriqued by this historical character. The most interesting part of the biography are the beginning chapters which tell her involvement with the Titanic sinking and rescue efforts. Brown was a champion for the destitute, and she helped many of the lower-class survivors who were left without husbands and prospects. The book then goes back and tells her story from growing up in the mid-West and then moving ...more
Megan Anderson
Jan 06, 2010 Megan Anderson rated it liked it
Shelves: formystudents, 2010
I've always loved reading about the Titanic, so the name "Molly Brown" is quite familiar to me. This book, however, debunks many of the myths that surround the woman and stories that have grown up around her through the media. A well-written biography with gorgeous photographs of her and her family, as well as a "Then What Happened?" chapter about her descendents, home, and the town where she met her husband. I just wish it could have been a little longer and detailed. Recommended.

4/5 on here, 8
mmk4 Koenen
Aug 24, 2016 mmk4 Koenen rated it really liked it
I am going to Denver, CO. and looking into what is highlighted as a 'must see' is the home of Molly Brown. I knew nothing of her..never saw the film...but still was not aware it was based on a true story.

I guess there have been may myths/emblishments about her life but in reading the book, you get a
very good profile of her life and times.

She and Eleanor Roosevelt would have been great friend...strong willed individuals who had the foresight to look beyond their own needs to focus on humanitarian
Solana Bulteel
Apr 05, 2016 Solana Bulteel rated it liked it
The book "Heroine of the Titanic" by Elaine Landau is a story about Margaret Brown's life. In this book it talks about the many challenges she had throughout her life but as well as her many triumphs. Margaret Brown was a passenger on the Titanic that survived, yet this was only one of many successful events that took place in he life. I think the theme is courage because needed to have a lot of courage in many parts of her life.
Nov 25, 2011 Lindsey rated it really liked it
As a fan of the movie Titanic and someone that is really interested in learning about the horrific tragedy, I really enjoyed this book. Molly Brown was aboard the Titanic and was a very "in your face" type of woman and the text from this book conveys the spirit and personality that she had to a T.

I would use this book to help teach about the Titanic.
Penny Peck
Jun 11, 2012 Penny Peck rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-ya
A fascinating biography of the "unsinkable" Molly Brown, describing her life, with a focus on her actions during the sinking of the Titanic. Lots of b&w photos, and a clear narrative that points out areas in the musical that are inaccurate. Should be especially relevant to readers in Colorado, and to those wanting more books on the Titanic.
Apr 13, 2012 Gina rated it it was amazing
Very interesting! I really enjoy reading about the past!
Oct 10, 2013 Zorahh added it
Nice book. Written for young readers.
Mrs. Carey
Jun 04, 2015 Mrs. Carey rated it liked it
Shelves: jkes-library
Nothing like the movie. This biography left me wondering what Molly's real life story actually is.
Oct 05, 2014 Tamara rated it really liked it
Excellent quick read to understand the true story about historical legend.
Daniel Brown
Mar 01, 2014 Daniel Brown rated it liked it
Got bored with it. Always wanted to know who she was and how she got the nickname.
Jun 29, 2014 Kristina rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed her story. What an amazing woman!
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