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Voyage on the Great Titanic, RMS Titanic, 1912 (Dear America)

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One of the most popular Dear America diaries of all time, Ellen Emerson White's bestselling VOYAGE ON THE GREAT TITANIC is now back in print with a gorgeous new package!

Five years ago, Margaret Ann Brady's older brother left her in the care of an orphanage and immigrated to America. When the orphanage receives an unusual request from an American woman looking for a traveli
Library Binding, 208 pages
Published November 2010 by Scholastic (first published January 1st 1998)
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Jaysa Melton YES!!!!! sry i was excited but yes it was a great book i loved it ! it was romantic and of course sad because you know it was about the titanic…moreYES!!!!! sry i was excited but yes it was a great book i loved it ! it was romantic and of course sad because you know it was about the titanic sinking but you should read it i mean i don't know if you would like it but i loved it and if you have any more questions ask me BTW thanks for liking my summary thanks again - Jaysa Melton (less)
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Of the Titanic story, I always find it most difficult to get through reading or hearing about the crew who sacrificed their lives. What amazes me most is that the band selflessly played through the entire ordeal without rushing to the lifeboats and trying to save themselves. If there was one thing I could do with my musical career, it would be to play in a time like that to try to keep a panicky audience calm...The cooks, the stewards, the entrie crew and of course the captain went down with the ...more
This was a pretty good book. The beginning of the book was a little bit boring, but the end got really good. Margaret is a poor girl that is assisting a VERY wealthy woman, so the women takes her on the ship, the Titanic, with her. Margaret feels very fortunate to be on such an amazing ship. I liked the ending, but it was also really sad because she described the whole event of the ship sinking. It made me kind of depressed!! You could just imagine how she felt and how bad the survivors guilt wa ...more
Victoria Scott
I absolutely love the Titanic story. I love the heroic people who stayed on the boat, and who gave up their places on the lifeboats for others, and above all the band who stayed at played throughout the whole sinking. It's such a heartbreaking story, but it makes me realise how amazing people are. So when I read a historical fiction book about the Titanic, I expect a lot. Luckily, I think this book did them justice. Margaret, the writer of the diary, realised how truly amazing these people were. ...more
My 9-year-old niece, Allison, is currently obsessed with the Titanic, so I picked this book up for her birthday. I thought I'd give it a quick read before I passed it along to her.

I can't say this this was the most engaging book I've ever read. Though the main character, Margaret, was well developed, I didn't necessarily feel like I got to know the other characters very well. That's not too shocking, though, for a book for this age group, and I doubt my niece will care. There was a lot of backgr
Although the Titanic's 100th anniversary has come and gone, it's a story that never grows old. As James Cameron's Titanic starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet entrances a new audience now viewing it in theaters in 3D and countless television specials and books continue to be released, the tragic tale of man's arrogance and nature's power still intrigues the public.

Margaret Ann Brady is an orphan living at St. Abernathy's Orphanage for Girls in Whitechapel, London, England. Her older broth
Jess Zahra
Reread in July 2015
Yes. I cried. #noshame
"Titanic" is a beautifully written story, rich with historical fact which is perfect for younger readers and also more mature readers such as myself. Although the story loosely follows the events of the Titanic's maiden voyage, there are several plots running through the main story.
And there's romance!!!! Yes!! More books in this series need romance!
Skillfully written - paints a convincing and touching picture.
Athelas Hale
This is another one of those books which I read several years ago, and finally picked up again.
...Yes, I remembered it perfectly.
Yes, I cried again.
I remembered this as better than it was. Which is not to say that it's bad! It's a very well-researched depiction of a journey on the Titanic by a thirteen-year-old lady's companion who lives through the sinking. The description of the ship is dead on and conveys the luxury of first class very well, and the horror of the sinking is also very accurately conveyed, with bittersweet notes about the gallantry of the men who stayed behind.

I think my biggest problem with the book is that the sinking of
Laura O Driscoll
‘Titanic, My Story’, written by Ellen Emerson White, is a wonderfully written story suitable for children of 9+ years. It is a vividly imagined account of life on the Titanic by a young girl. This book would be great to read as part of lessons focusing on the Titanic disaster on its 100 year anniversary. Written in diary form, it allows children to experience through the eyes of another child what happened in what remains one of the biggest maritime disasters of all time. This story rings so his ...more
I loved these books when I was younger so when a friend donated a bucket of books to my classroom and I saw this one in there, I read it for old times sake. I still love it!
Rachel Keith
it is a fictional tale but one that truly makes you think about the movie version that we have all seen. the sinking of the titanic is something that most of us have forgotten but this story about a real girl on the ship really gives a new perspective about what happened that fateful nite. a good kids book too. my mom got it for me a long time ago and i reread it and it was still amazing.
This book is set during the sinking of the Titanic. I liked the way the author uses the diary style writing to make you connect with the characters. It makes you feel as if you are on the sinking boat with them. The fact that the sinking of the Titanic was a real event that happened made me want to read the book even more. I found myself feeling very bad for Margaret and hoping that she would be one of the survivors. There was a lot of excitement and intense reading as you get to the end, not kn ...more
Megan Marie
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Megan Alyse
This has to be the best kid's book I've ever read, much less the best Dear America book!!

Margaret Ann Brady is an orphan in London, and by chance, she gets chosen to be the lady's maid for a wealthy American lady . . . and she gets to go to America, to meet up with her brother William. Not only that, she gets to travel on the most luxuorious, the one and only unsinkable ship - Titanic!!

Okay, so what if it was kind of predictable. It was one of the sweetest, most well-written books ever. Margaret
When Margaret Ann Brady was seven years old, her father died, and her mother died not long after. Eventually, her brother left her at an orphanage in London and immigrated to America, hoping to find a good job there so that he could later pay for Margaret’s passage to America and they could be reunited. When Margaret is thirteen, in the spring of 1912, she gets the opportunity to travel to America and join her brother in Boston, in a different way than expected. Mrs. Carstairs, a wealthy America ...more
Thirteen-year-old Margaret Ann Brady lives at an orphanage in London. Her parents have died, and she longs to join her older brother, who has immigrated to Boston, in America. Margaret gets what she thinks is the opportunity of a lifetime: a job as the companion of Mrs. Carstairs, a wealthy American woman traveling home on the Titanic. All Margaret has to do is keep Mrs. Carstairs company on the voyage, and she will get free passage to America where she can join her brother. And she will get the ...more
Ana Mardoll
Voyage on the Great Titanic (R.M.S. Titanic) / 0-590-96273-6

"Voyage on the Great Titanic" is unusual for a Dear America installation for several reasons. The narrator is not an American, nor does the story originate there - instead, Margaret is a native of the British isles and is traveling to America as a companion to a wealthy patron, with the intent to settle in America permanently on arrival. The novel is shorter than most, and deals very linearly with the Titanic disaster. Although these bo
Jaysa Melton
I loved it it was about the titanic and its about this girl margaret ann brady she was a orphan and she got picked to be a servant for a rich american lady and they were trying to go back to america the rich lady wanted to go find her son in law and margaret wanted to go see her brother william because william left her and gave her to the orphanage because so he could make money for him and margaret so they could live in a house opps!! i said too much i guess you will have to read the book to fi ...more
Katherine Gray
Its one of the best books i have read in a long time. That is all i can say. Though if you have read it you might disagree with me. Everybody does generally know how the Great Titanic sank and what become of it- old news, how boring. Though this book is very interesting and different for it shares with you right from getting onto the ship until the awful wreck its had become. This is personal diary of a twelve year old girl who's there to keep a very upper class and wealthy lady company through ...more
A part of the Dear America series, this particular book focuses on the voyage of the Titanic. These books are a wonderful way for students to learn more about these specific times in American history. The writers' stories make past events come alive for the readers and help instill a greater appreciation for our predecessors. Also included at the back of each book is a historical note about the time period as well as reproductions of important documents and paintings during that era. The only do ...more
Caitlin Mauragas
I read this book when I was a kid. Even though it is historical fiction it gives plenty of factual evidence about the Titanic. The dates are accurate and the description of how the ship went down is factual as well. It was neat because in the back of the book there are pictures of the actual ship, people on it, and survivors. This book was gripping, because the author built of the suspence well to the day of the sinking of the ship. It is appropriate for young readers. There is an innocent roman ...more
About being on the titanic & the great disaster of its sinking and the great display of courage within the crew and passengers on the ship.. And many more things about living in that time, where there was a very distinct, significant social classing..You were either First Class.(very rich & famous) 2nd Class (Normal society) or 3rd Class( street beggers, immigrants,workers..) and also gave me a very deep insight into being on the Titanic & what it was like & the great tragedy of ...more
Alana Pike
Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady, R.M.S. Titanic, 1912
by Ellen Emerson White

Voyage on the Great Titanic is about a young girl called Margaret Anne Brady, and how she was traveling to America via the titanic. During her journey, she keeps a diary describing her feelings and what happens each day. Before leaving to travel on the titanic as a companion, Margaret lived in an orphanage with nuns. When she was very little both her parents died leaving her and her brothe
The last surviving member of the Titanic was really Millvina Dean, a two month old infant at the time of the sinking. She died in 2009.

That being said, Margaret Ann Brady died in her sleep in 1994.

Many books have been written about the famed Titanic and this one is written so a child can understand. Margaret was an orphan, chosen to be a companion traveller with Mrs. Carstairs, an American woman. She was outfitted in "travelling clothes" at the expense of Mrs. Carstairs. Margaret's Irish father
The voyage of the great Titanic. The diary of Margaret Ann Brady
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After seeing the 1997 film “Titanic”, the movie has no comparison to the diary of Margaret Ann Brady. In this documented book of the sailing and the sinking of the great Titanic, you will experience happiness, anger, sadness, and historical moments.
Margaret Ann Brady or “Mj”, was a 13 year old girl who was invited to sail to America with and old lady named Mrs. Carstairs. Hoping to re-unite with her brother William, s
Charlotte Howlett
I must say I did enjoy it although the first 50 pages were terribly boring and that did make me lose interest for a bit and I resorted to trying to read 10 pages an hour which didn't happen after page 50 as I got so into it that I couldn't put the book down. I suppose this is to fill in a back story as to say how she got where she was.
I loved the amount of history that was put into it, and I found out more than I knew about the Titanic which was amazing. I found this book educational of everythi
Ashley Diller
I read the book called the Voyage On The Great Titanic The Diary Of Margaret Ann Brady by: Ellen Emerson White. When Margaret was seven years old her dad died and her mom died not long after that. When her parents died she became an orphan and by chance she gets to be a women's maid. So the woman she is working for takes her on the Titanic.

I loved this book because it talks about how someone's life is very important. Ehen Margaret says that it is so stupid that I am writing in a diary and I f
Leian Joseph
In this diary of Margaret Ann Brady she has talked about her experience on the titanic and how she came upon this boat. She showed that she is a mature child looking for her family and trying to get where she has to go. She meets a boy name Robert that is 16 and she has a crush on him. Margaret a 13 year old didn't experience love yet so she was still confuse. The night the Titanic when done she talked about her experience and how she was scared and how the people weren't treating the low class ...more
Beautiful. I liked how much Margaret felt embarrassed about looking rich and proud. We should be like her, like not proud or greedy or selfish. She should just try to show "hello, will you be my friend? Will you and I not rise above one another and show our money and talent?" I also liked how she talked more about her feelings mostly unless really interesting action was taking place. All those feelings and thoughts mean a good, questioning book.

I wondered if orphanages were really as bad as all
Destiny Thompson
Margaret Ann Brady's brother took her to an orphanage so he can go find a job. When he finds a job its a solider in the U.S, and he wants his sister to come with. Margaret was invite by Mrs. Carstairs to come to the Americans, she buys her nice clothing and other necessities for the trip. Mrs.Carstairs and Margaret will make their voyage on the Titanic. The titanic hits a iceberg and her and Mrs.Carstairs survive the wreck but some of their friends didn't. This book is written in the perspective ...more
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