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Tonight on the Titanic by Mary Pope Osborne
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Feb 01, 10

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Read from January 30 to February 01, 2010

Tonight on the Titanic by Mary Pope Osborne is Book #17 in the Magic Tree House series featuring brother and sister Jack and Annie. This chapter book is intended for readers in grades one through three. I gave it four stars. This chapter book is a book of historical fiction, factually recounting the night that the Titanic sank as Annie and Jack try to learn the truth behind this sad event. The Magic Tree House has brought Jack and Annie into the pages of a Titanic book, putting them onto the ill-fated ship. Factual details about the Titanic educate the reader as Jack and Annie’s emotional response to this tragic event allows the reader to emotionally empathize with all that were on the Titanic. A note from the author, Mary Pope Osborne, explains that she responded to the numerous amount of reader’s requests asking that she write a book about Jack and Annie traveling to the Titanic. This shows the reader the amount of respect and admiration Osborne has for her young readers and the sensitivity she has in writing about this tragic event. Additional facts about the Titanic at the end of the book engage the reader even more and encourage them to go out and read more books about this real event. A mixture of both factual details and emotional narrative events pulls the reader in and shows the reader that the pages of a book can take you anywhere and everywhere. Readers can get an idea of how people may have felt on the Titanic and the description of both the ship’s setting and emotional characters makes them feel like they are there with Jack and Annie. Tonight on the Titanic grabs readers in and makes them want travel on more Magic Tree House adventures!
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