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Collision Course (Titanic #2)

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From bestselling author Gordon Korman, a second heart-stopping adventure aboard the unluckiest ship of all.

The Titanic has hit the high seas--and moves steadily toward its doom. Within the luxury of the cabins and the dark underbelly of the ship, mysteries unfold--a secret killer who may be on board, a legacy that may be jeopardized, and a vital truth that will soon be rev
Paperback, 176 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Scholastic
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Apr 20, 2016 Olivia rated it it was amazing
{4.5 stars}


NO!!!!! I'm never reading suspsense books again.


Because I love this book and I hate that I don't have the third to read (And don't tell me I can buy it because I'm broke!). *Sigh*. Such is the fallacy of life.

Moving on. I'm reading this series because I'm writing a fiction book at the moment that the Titanic sinking will be incorpated into. But seriously, after reading the first two in this series I don't know if I even want to try to write about the Titanic. The characters are
Jennifer Rayment
Aug 02, 2011 Jennifer Rayment rated it it was amazing
Jake’s Review:
Mom: Jake seriously I think you should read this, its really kind of exciting.
Jake: Mom, you promised.
Mom: I know but you know what I think you should try. Tell ya what give it 5 chapters and if you don’t like it I will go buy you the next beast quest book.
Jake: Mom are you bribing me?
Mom: Yup totally. See how all this reading has made you so smart.

2 Days Later
Jake: It’s pretty scary and a little creepy but you are right, I wanted to keep reading it. There was tons of action and
It seems almost everyone aboard the Titanic have something to hide. Now that the crew knows there is a stowaway on board Paddy is desperate for a place to hide. Alfie has discovered a horrifying secret about another passenger. Juliana's father finally reveals the reason she has come on this business trip with him, and Sophie wishes her suffragette mother would stop alienating the other guests. In the meantime the Titanic continues on its doomed journey.

The Titanic hits the iceberg is this entry,
Dec 14, 2014 Nick rated it really liked it
Titanic Collision Course: Gordon Korman
The book I read continues from the ending of Titanic: Unsinkable. I enjoyed this book a little better than the first one. I thought there was even more suspense. The story continues with the same four main characters. Paddy Burns is a stowaway from Belfast who is hiding from the crew. Alfie Huggins is working on the ship as a steward to be with his dad. Sophie Bronson is a first class passenger with her mom who is for women’s suffrage. Lastly, Juliana Glamm
Josh Vanecko
Dec 01, 2015 Josh Vanecko rated it liked it
The book was ok a bit slow at points of the book. But, overall a good book for Titanic lovers like myself. I feel as if this book needs a little summarization by me to get you to read this. This book is part of a multi series so I would advise you to read the first one before going on to the next book. So as we all know there were first, second, and third class aboard the titanic. Well, this book goes in depth about the third class as it starts off with a third class person who is looking for fo ...more
book 2 of series - as good as first.

Will be in a tub with nonfiction books about Titanic
Austin Krause
Mar 13, 2016 Austin Krause rated it it was ok
Personal Response:
I wasn't too impressed with this book. It was a lot like the last one in this triplet series. There were times that I was very intrigued by it, but the majority of the book was boring details in my opinion. Overall, this book is really for younger children, and it was made clear throughout the book.
This book is mainly about the R.M.S. Titanic's journey across the Atlantic Ocean on its maiden voyage. The same characters as the last book are in this one following up on their

Me when I finished:



Pretty much the sole reason I rated this book 4.5 stars instead of 5 was because of how intense it was in the last third of the book. Korman wrote this account of the RMS Titanic so well that by the time the iceberg came around, I had almost completely forgotten that it was going to happen, and as it was happening I was almost as confused and terrified as the main characters, even though I know what's going to happen. T
Feb 16, 2012 Lori rated it it was ok
Shelves: juvenile, historical
Part two in Gordon Korman's Titanic trilogy.

I liked the historical Titanic bits of this story. I liked that the fictional story took part amid historically accurate events. I liked the fictional characters, the very well-to-do young girl, the suffragist's daughter, the underage White Star employee and the stowaway. I even liked the sub plot involving Irish gangsters going after Paddy, the unfortunate stowaway.

What I was not fond of was the Jack the Ripper sub plot. It didn't really advance the p
Dec 22, 2014 Sydney rated it really liked it
Just as good as the first one. The plot thickens, and the Titanic hits an iceberg. Ugh, I'm hoping no one who I like dies in the sinking...
Oct 11, 2011 Tina rated it really liked it

Book 2 starts right where Book 1 left us hanging. Paddy is constantly looking for a place to hide so the officers do not discover that he is a stowaway - some of his hiding places are VERY unique! Alfie is trying to prove - is Jack the Ripper really a passenger on the Titantic?? Juliana discovers that her father has a purpose for her being on this trip to America with him and she is the last to know. Sophie is still struggling with her mother and her beliefs, but they may be closer than she thin
Taten Williams
Mar 23, 2016 Taten Williams rated it liked it
If you want to read this series I would highly recommend that you read the first book. If you don't read the first book, and you start with this book you can't really catch up. I really liked this book because it has action in it. That is not all it has either it also has survival which isn't major in this book. The characters are the same in this book and it the first book. You have Paddy, Sophie, Juliana, and Alfie. They are on the titanic, and there is a killer on the loose. The four kids are ...more
Gentrie Thaxton
Oct 19, 2014 Gentrie Thaxton rated it really liked it
Jun 06, 2016 Ariel rated it really liked it
I must say I am pleased with the way the trilogy is going. I didn't think I'd like this trilogy as much as I liked the "Island" trilogy, but I am happy to say I was wrong. I will also admit that I am quite pleased with the turn the books are taking, as I thought for sure the trilogy would manage to fail after book one. Not only has the books managed to keep the reader reading, it has managed to stay interesting! Obviously, I highly doubt Jack the Ripper was actually on the Titanic, but it does m ...more
Nov 04, 2014 Isaac rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-term
Collision Course is the second of three books in the series "Titanic" by Gordon Korman. Paddy has to find a way to hide on the massive ship to stay away from the crew members. They have already been on the lookout for a stowaway but Paddy has made a friend named Alfie who has been feeding him and "taking care" of him as he hid. Alfie was an crew member who had spotted Paddy when he has first got out of the crate, onto the Titanic. Alfie was very generous and promised to keep the secret and help ...more
Christine (KizzieReads)
Jun 01, 2016 Christine (KizzieReads) rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
Pretty good book. Some elements from the movie Titanic, only with middle grade kids instead of adults, but still good. Some parts were repetitive and seemed like filler.
Sep 26, 2011 Beth rated it really liked it
Korman's historical trilogy's middle volume ends with the title collision, but it also includes many intersections between the four focus teenagers.
Oct 14, 2011 Anna-Cosette rated it it was amazing
Continues the story of four young teens aboard the titanic. Can't say much besides that it was amazing!
David K.
Jan 07, 2012 David K. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book ws very good. I loved it!
A.F. Grappin
Jan 10, 2016 A.F. Grappin rated it really liked it
I listened to these books through, and the narrator was brilliant. The plot is tight and well-woven. The pacing is quick, so each of these books is about 3-3.5 hours each. Easy listening. Had I been reading, easy reading. These grab the reader and don't let go. I did have a tiny bit of issue telling the two girls, Sophie and Julie, apart at the beginning, but that went away fast. They defined themselves and kept to their definitions. And despite the short length of the books and the ...more
Mar 23, 2015 Lindsey rated it liked it
I picked back up the Titanic series by Gordon Korman with book two, Collision Course. I love historical fiction because I learn so much about history that either I didn't learn or didn't sink in from my history classes. And, I love that kids can learn about some of the history of the Titanic through Korman's fast paced story of four unlikely friends on the Titanic. The second book was equally as thrilling as the first book, but I've hit a stumbling block with these stories. That is the Jack the ...more
Ethan Huynh
May 31, 2015 Ethan Huynh rated it really liked it
Shelves: yal-reàd
This book is an action-packed novel with many background stories that deal with conflict. The main character Paddy (a.k.a. Patrick) has to deal with many problems, such as running away from a killer, hiding from captains searching for him, and surviving the sink of the Titanic. There are many characters in this book, all serving as a contributor to the plot. This story creates a bit of suspense, and tells a bit about the Titanic.

This book also reveals a history of the Titanic. It includes dates
Aug 22, 2013 Samantha rated it liked it
Shelves: british-history
So many books have been written about Titanic, I would have a difficult time recommending this one. I almost gave it 2 stars but I did get through it and the action is quick paced, so I decided to be generous.

This installment tells the story of Titanic's days at sea up to the collision with the iceberg. Since these books are 5th grade level, I question why they were even issued as three separate books that can be read in under 2 hours each rather than making them one more substantial novel. I gu
Stacie (MagicOfBooks)
Really enjoyed book 2 of this series. All the character introductions are done with, so it jumped right into things at the start. Book 2 basically starts on April 12th, and leads right up to the aftermath of the ship hitting the iceberg. And of course, the kids are right in the midst of all the action. And all sorts of shocking revelations!

Paddy spends the majority of the book running from various crew members (and why is Lightoller interpreted as a jerk?) and gets into the dire predicament of
This book picks up right where book one, Unsinkable, ended, and continues the story of four young teenagers on the Titanic. Juliana and Sophie are both passengers in first class, Alfie is a young steward who lied about his age so that he could work on the Titanic with his father, and Paddy accidentally stowed away in the ship's cargo while hiding from gangsters in Belfast, where the ship was built. Although the four teens had very little in common, they were thrown together by events on board th ...more
Mar 20, 2012 Tami rated it really liked it
The Titanic Trilogy consists of three books: (1) Book One: Unsinkable; (2) Book Two: Collision Course; and (3) Book Three: S.O.S. Written by one of my absolute favorite authors–Gordon Korman–these books weave a heart-stopping adventure based on the historical “unsinkable” ship, the Titanic in 1912. Book One details the final arrangements for the Titanic’s maiden voyage and its initial departure from England. Book Two covers the actual event of the Titanic’s fatal crash with the iceberg. Book Thr ...more
Ryan Mitchell
Gordon Korman does not come to disappoint in this sequel. Alfie, Sophie, and Juliana have to protect a stowaway, Paddy, from the White Star Line. If they fail, Paddy will most likely get thrown in a cell with the murderous scum who killed his best friend and tried to throw him overboard. Meanwhile, Jack the Ripper is on board the Titanic and only Alfie and Paddy know who it is. Only Alfie can get the White Star Line to stop him because Paddy sort of has his own problems. Everyone except for Juli ...more
Cj Short
The first book explains all its greatness.But soon into the voyage on the gigantic masterpiece the ship hit an iceberg and slowly sank to the bottom of the ocean. Thousands of people died but many survived. It is a very impactful story becasue it is something that actually happened in history. I could not imagine being ona ship that is slowly sinking. And knowing that you're gonna die.
Mar 02, 2014 Huston rated it liked it
Shelves: challenge
A fun, mildly interesting but very typical account of the historic sinking. Almost cookie-cutter with certain well known elements, I.e. The orchestra playing, a fair attempt at a different angle using four children as the protagonists. I listened to the audio version which was stellar due to the voice acting. Other than that, the story is entertaining but barely stays afloat.
Sierra Smith
May 24, 2014 Sierra Smith rated it liked it
I didn't like this book as much as the first one. I guess it's because this one doesn't include as much detail about the characters and their backgrounds and personalities. Also, it includes a lot about Mr. Masterson who I don't enjoy reading about. For these reasons, I liked the first book better.
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Korman wrote his first book, "This Can't be Happening at Macdonald Hall", when he was 12 years old, for a coach who suddenly found himself teaching 7th grade English. He later took that episode and created a book out of it, as well, in "The Sixth Grade Nickname Game", wherein Mr. Huge was based on that 7th grade teacher.

Korman moved to New York City, where he studied film and film writing. While i
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Other Books in the Series

Titanic (3 books)
  • Unsinkable (Titanic, #1)
  • S.O.S. (Titanic, #3)

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