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Collision Course (Titanic #2)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  848 ratings  ·  81 reviews
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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Jennifer Rayment
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,
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
book 2 of series - as good as first.

Will be in a tub with nonfiction books about Titanic
( ●—● ) Evelynn

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
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
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...

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
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
Korman's historical trilogy's middle volume ends with the title collision, but it also includes many intersections between the four focus teenagers.
Continues the story of four young teens aboard the titanic. Can't say much besides that it was amazing!
David K.
This book ws very good. I loved 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
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
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
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.
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.
Ethan Huynh
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. 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 of events and also describes a few of the parts in the Titanic. Sometimes even fa
Another good book for a 4-5th grader. This one goes up to the point where the captain and those closest to him realize that the ship is doomed. Of course, that is not the main point of the story. This book's main action comes from dealing with Paddy being a stowaway and the discovery of Jack the Ripper on board.

I think this series is a fast read, even for the 4-5th graders. There is enough history thrown in that they will get a good sense of the times and cultural events, like the women's right
A good continuation of the trilogy that will keep the readers engaged and intrigued.

A fast read because I was anxious to get to the collision. Does that make me rather sadistic? I'd like to defend myself in saying it was because I was anxious to see what would happen to the characters we had gotten to know and how everything would turn out. Still a bit much for me with the Jack the Ripper story, but gotta please those action-loving and suspense-loving kids. Paddy constantly on the run got a bit
After really enjoying book one of Gordon Korman's Titanic trilogy, I was disappointed by this second book in the series. This is the "middle passage" of the voyage, and perhaps Korman felt it needed something to drive it through what might have otherwise been a boring part of the journey. I guess I can understand that, but Jack the Ripper as a passenger on the Titanic? I didn't feel this volume had the ring of authenticity that the first one did. I had trouble suspending belief to enjoy this one ...more
i want to read this book
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Collision Course continues with the adventures of Paddy, Alfie, Juliana and Sophie. The gangsters and the ship's crew are after stowaway Paddy. Into this excitement enters Jack the Ripper, ready to resume his killing spree. In the midst of this adventure, the Titanic hits that fateful iceberg. Will any of these characters survive the sinking of the Titanic? Will Jack the Ripper strike first? I'll have to wait until Book Three is returned to the library to find out! Oh the suspense!
Book 2 in the series. Not quite as good as the first one, but still very exciting. But don't read this one unless you have Book 3 ready to read.
Three stars is generous. I still like the characters -- well developed in the first book in the trilogy, Unsinkable -- but the trilogy format is getting tedious. Korman has to remind readers of the key points from the first book and in a couple hundred pages there isn't room for much story when you're recapping the last book. I'm now reading the third book, mostly to see who lives and who dies, and it's even lighter than book two.
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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)
One False Note (The 39 Clues, #2) The Emperor's Code (The 39 Clues, #8) The Medusa Plot (39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers, #1) Schooled Swindle

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