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The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 (I Survived #1)

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The most terrifying events in history are brought vividly to life in this new fictional series! In book 1, ten-year-old George is trapped on the Titanic -- how will he survive? Ten-year-old George Calder can't believe his luck -- he and his little sister, Phoebe, are on the famous Titanic, crossing the ocean with their Aunt Daisy. The ship is full of exciting places to exp ...more
ebook, 112 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published June 1st 2010)
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Laura
Jul 30, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished reading this book in two sittings with my 9-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son. Suspenseful, well written, and filled with interesting characters, my kids didn’t want me to stop reading the second night so that it was 10 pm when we finally turned the last page.

I had two different reactions from my children by the end of the book. My daughter, who is sensitive, liked the story but was so saddened by the tragedy of the Titanic that she couldn’t sleep afterwards. The author deftly drew
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Steven
Oct 19, 2010 Steven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a boy named Goerge who is on the ocean liner Titanic. While he is on board he meets new freinds, explores the ship, and he learns everything he wants to about the Titanic. But one thing he doesn't know that the ship is doomed and is caught in the sinking. Will he survive? Read the book to find out!
Becky Carleton
My nine-year-old daughter loves this book. Kids with an interest in adventure, history, and tragedy? This is the book for them.
Jessica Sheaffer
Feb 26, 2013 Jessica Sheaffer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical-fic
I read this book on my Kindle, and here is my review:


I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912, is the first in a series of historical fiction chapter books written for upper elementary readers. The author, Lauren Tarshis, notes that the facts about the Titanic are true, but the characters are fictional. Tarshis tells a gripping tale of how George (a ten-year-old boy) and his family survived the tragic loss of the “unsinkable” Titanic on April 15, 1912. The story begins with a “flash-forward”
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Katie Lawrence
An action-packed historical fiction adventure book set on the Titanic, I can easily see why my students love this series so much! This was a very fast read that quickly jumped into the actual sinking of the Titanic and did not shy away from the fear and tragedy this event brought into so many people's lives.
Sheriden Haase
The book "I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic" was the first of the "I Survived" series. The book is mainly for upper elementary students but I am not a good reader so it is nice to have an easier read. Small chapters are easy to read and it has illustrations mixed into the content.

The plot has George traveling with Aunt Daisy, Phoebe, and 1200 other passengers aboard the new ship, The Titanic. The family is traveling from England to the United States. Aunt Daisy showed the kids the Tower of L
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Noah Rucks
Oct 28, 2015 Noah Rucks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personal response:The book "I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic" was the first of the "I Survived" series. The book is mainly for upper elementary students but I am not a good reader so it is nice to have an easier read. Small chapters are easy to read and it has illustrations mixed into the content.

plot: George traveling with Aunt Daisy, Phoebe, and 1200 other passengers aboard the new ship, The Titanic. The family is traveling from England to the United States. Aunt Daisy showed the kids th
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Ashley Li
Oct 16, 2015 Ashley Li rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


REVIEW----- I survived (The TITANIC)


Personal response

This story told me that when we meet a problem, we can’t give up, we should tell ourselves that we can do that, It will help us to solve the problems. But when we found that the others meet the problems we should encourage him/her to solve the problem.


The plot

George and his little sister, Phoebe are sailing with their aunt on the Titanic, the greatest ship ever built. George can’t resist exploring every inch of the incredible boat, even if it
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VANCE!!!!!!! Porter
I thought the book “I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912” was interesting. Like some books you don’t know what is going to happen. But because it was something I already knew about, it made me nervous for the characters in the book.

The main character George was an adventurous boy, of the age of ten. Phoebe, George's little sister, was George's guardian angel, she was always trying to keep him out of trouble. Aunt Daisy was a ritzy young lady just trying to fulfill the plans of her decease
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Sakara
Mar 31, 2016 Sakara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personal response- I read I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic 1912 by Lauren Tarshis. I thought the book was good for someone who does not like to read. It was such a suspense-building book with some of the chapters. Things just kept happening unexpectedly. I liked how I got to know the main character very well.

Plot- In this book there were a lot of plots. The main plot was about the ship they were on that sank. The book was about a boy named George Calder. George and his aunt, Daisy, and h
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Rebecca Ostrega
Dec 02, 2015 Rebecca Ostrega rated it it was amazing
This is my first historical fiction book review:

I read this book as an e-book and found myself finishing the book more quickly than if it were a physical book. To me, there's something about physical pages that is daunting. I can get easily discouraged if I've been reading for awhile and haven't gotten very far.

The "I Survived..." series are a great way to incorporate other avenues of literature into history. The series talk about characters that survive traumatic events in history such as the T
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Hunter Soerens
Mar 30, 2016 Hunter Soerens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


I Survived The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912


PERSONAL RESPONSE


This wasn't a bad book. It was real easy to read. I really liked how it told of the sinking from a small kid instead of an adult. It was a fun book to read. I learned a lot about this event in history.


PLOT


The story starts with George, his sister Phoebe, and his Aunt Daisy boarding the Titanic. They are going to America to get away from the troubles in France. While on the ship George does all the stuff a young kid does to get in troub
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Thomas
Dec 18, 2015 Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lauren Kester
I liked the book "The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912" because it taught me about the "Titanic". Living during the Titanic would have been really cool. I just wouldn't have liked seeing all those people die.

The book is about a 10 year old boy named George Calder. George and his 8 year old sister, Phoebe Calder, go on the "Titanic" with their aunt Daisy. The "Titanic" was the largest and most beautiful ship in the world. George explores the ship and constantly gets in trouble. He discovers there is
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Mrbrudney44
Mar 25, 2014 Mrbrudney44 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is part of a series of "I Survived" books, which provide vivid fictional accounts of characters surviving various disasters and events throughout history. This particular book, which is about a boy who survives the sinking of the Titanic, also fits into the genre of historical fiction. While the boy documented in the book is not a real person, the events narrated and the account provided are believable and historically true.

"I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic" describes the story o
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Marlee Mattson
Mar 02, 2014 Marlee Mattson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book this rating because of the amazing details and surprises throughout the story. This book really kept my attention on every single page. In the classroom I am currently observing in, the students can’t seem to put these books down. I can now see why they feel that way! This book is all about a young boy named George Calder, his younger sister Phoebe, and his Aunt Daisy. This book is set in 1912 and George and Aunt Daisy are sailing back to America on the Titanic. The children get ...more
Norberto Leyva
Nov 15, 2012 Norberto Leyva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is about a ten year old boy named George. He was with his sister, Phoebe, and his aunt, Daisy. Because they were wealthy they had the best of everything on the Titanic. George is a curious boy who asks a lot of questions. He walks around the ship and gets to know everything about it better. He talked to the captain who showed him escape routes.
He meets other passengers who tell stories about what they think is on the ship. George was down below trying to open the door where he heard a m
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Katherine Mayorga
Well I liked the book it was ok but it was not wow like it is the best book ever. It was to easy. I like books filled with couple new worlds like hard words I like this because I can learn a new word and make my vocabulary strong and better each time I learn a word. I also liked this book because I am a big fan of the titanic i read lots of versions of the titanic and i like to compare different versions to kinda find out what really happen. I would rate a book a 2.
Tiffany
Tarshis is just so brilliant with her words. She folds you into the story so quickly and masterfully. Immediately, we are taken into George’s sense of adventure and ability to navigate the Titanic with a map in his head. Tarshis does wonderfully in describing the Titanic and how massive and monumental it was. Tarshis is amazing at bringing an audience in to how it would have felt like to be in someone else’s shoes! Her short “I survived…” stories makes the reader think and feel as if they had ex ...more
Kate
First 'I Survived' book for me! So it might be because I read this at like 2:30am while I was keeping watch at our library's overnight campout, but it seemed really wonky! I just kept being like, 'wait, there's a mummy? huh?' and 'wait, is that guy dead?' I'm just going to chalk it up to some seriously sleep-deprived comprehension skills. That said, I can see why kids love these.
Indiskia Fernadez

I Survived

I choose this book “I survived” because it talks about the titanic. The greatest ship ever
built in 1912. This is amazing story that I would like to share with everyone. This easy
understanding book is good for whoever wants to practice English and learn new vocabulary. When you start to read it you don’t want to stop because is so addictive it. Involves you more and more in the book, is a small book so can I can take it with me everywhere. I think if I want to improve my English I ha
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Aidan Armas
This book was alright.It wasn't the best book of the I Survived series.It did have a good story line and stuck to the survive title which made me give it 3 stars.Besides that I hated the book.It gave little detail.I got lost at the end of it.Lastly,it was a little to short and I finished it to fast.
Will P.
This book is historical fiction which means it was based a true historical event the characters are made up. The main character is George who is very mischievous. It tells the story of his survival when the titanic sank.

I thought this book was very interesting. I liked the part when George goes into the storage area and tries to open a crate that supposedly has a mummy in it. Spoiler alert- It was exciting when the scar faced man gave George back his bowie knife.
Hedgar Marin
Nov 15, 2015 Hedgar Marin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was really thrilling to read. This book taught me about the sinking of the titanic and gave me a thrilling story. I recommend to anyone likes history and adventure.
Julia Southwick
Oct 07, 2014 Julia Southwick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My nephew seems to enjoy these books so I gave this one a try. Not bad, for a young reader.
Stephanie
Nov 25, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-slit-40
Follow ten year old George on his adventure home to his Papa. Him, his little sister, and his Aunt are some of many that have the luxury of riding the Titanic. Unfortunately, it was not a luxury at all, when the ship hit an ice burg and everything went down hill from there. What were they doing when the ice burg was hit? Will they survive? Will they ever get to see Papa again? Find out in this hard-to-put-down book that would be great for a history lesson, since it sticks you right in the eye of ...more
Karen
Aug 17, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jacob, ellie, mom, dad
Daddy read to us before bedtime.
Lily
May 19, 2016 Lily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like stories of the titanic, so I figured I'd give this book a try. I liked it a lot. I've heard so many different titanic stories from so many different points of views but this one was one of the good ones. I liked how a little boy, George, was telling the story. One of my favorite parts however was when George was trying to steal from the first class people and during that caught a burglar. I found that part amusing. I also liked how that carried along to when Henry, the butler, came ...more
Woods
Apr 26, 2016 Woods rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: etec545-class-5
Tarshis, Lauren. The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912. Scholastic, New York, NY, 2010
Middle School Hi/Lo
Intended for ages 7 to 10, but works well for older kids who are struggling readers, even up to 9th grade.
This book is part of the I Survived series and really are high interest books as many low-level readers in our middle school like the books in this series.
This book opens with the Titanic sinking, and then goes back a few days in the life of 10 year old George, and American who travelled to En
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Brooke Seidel
Title: I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912
Author: Lauren Tarshis
Illustrator: Scott Dawson
Genre: Historic fiction
Theme(s): Boats, Underwater Craft, Survival
Opening line/sentence: Ten-year-old George Calder is the luckiest boy alive. He and his eight-year-old sister, Phoebe, have just spent two months with their aunt in England.
Brief Book Summary: George is lucky enough to be able to get a trip on the Titanic, a beautiful and new ship. After finding his way into trouble and thinking that
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