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I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912

(I Survived #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  10,605 ratings  ·  960 reviews
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 expl
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Scholastic Press
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April 15, 1912.

I love reading about the Titanic, and this I SURVIVED #1 edition was no exception.

It moved along quickly, gave historic facts by true life person Thomas Andrews (Titanic designer who went down with the ship) is well-plotted and has intense graphic action I did not expect from a middle grade read.

It also reminded me of a Titanic "mummy" myth that plays well into the storyline.

My 3'rd but not last I SURVIVED.

Jul 30, 2010 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
I had heard about this series on a Podcast, and knew I immediately wanted to try some out during Middle Grade March. So far so good. I thought this first installment of the series was great. It takes the sinking of the Titanic and mixes it with a fictional story. It's about kids and how they survived. I think this is great for older Elementary or Middle School kids who want to learn a little more about some of History's biggest events and tragedies, but don't want to read straight boring facts f ...more
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
George Calder is 10 years old and just spent a fun time in England with his Aunt Daisy. Now George, his little sister, Phoebe, and Aunt Daisy are all steaming towards New York on board the Titanic. George is a bit rambunctious, getting into trouble for things like sliding down the main staircase railing, but he's just enjoying the trip. The Titanic is huge, very ornate and there is just so much to see and do. It's a bit overwhelming. They meet a nice Italian man, Mario, and his 4-year old son En ...more
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Titanic is one of those disasters that just captures the imagination. My dad kind of started me being fascinated with this when he got the Titanic movie with Kate Winslet way back when. I didn't care for then (or now ) the romance beetween the leads and I liked Leo's character more than Kate's. I remember making my mom laugh when I told her that the parts when the ship starts to sink were more exciting (I was 13 I think when the movie was out on VHS).

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L. McCoy
I like this one!
It has an interesting story, characters I cared about, very intense throughout and has some cool illustrations (though is mostly prose).
It is predictable (view spoiler) and one chapter in this really seemed like filler (the panther scene, had barely anything to do with it).
Overall i
May 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is part one of children's historical fiction series I Survived. I saw many interesting titles in the series. It is definitely aimed for children with 10 year old George as protagonist. ...more
Oct 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is vary detailed, You feel like ur in the same position as the main character.
May 03, 2020 rated it liked it
This fictionalized account of the sinking of the Titanic will likely appeal to kids of all ages. George is traveling first class with his aunt and sister, and is fascinated by the layout of the ship and all its corridors. He is also a first class scamp, often sneaking into places he should not go. It is this curiosity and lack of fear that proves to be his saving grace. The story has some interesting aspects, including George’s friendship with a couple of immigrants, but it also contains some gl ...more
Katie McNelly
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read this with my students but I’m definitely counting it!
Amazing examples to help teach:
- Symbolism
- Historical Fiction
- Foreshadowing
- Conflict
And Flashback!

(Among others!)
Highly recommend this series for any elementary and middle school classroom!
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really liked this historical fiction take on the sinking of the Titanic. There was an architectural detail in this book that I don't remember reading about before. Also appreciated the author's note at the end and the additional details about the ship. Recommended, especially for boys! ...more
I saw one of my friends reading this, and was immediately intrigued. I’m obsessed with the Titanic, and will pretty much read any book that even mentions it.

I’m obviously not the target age for this book, so I won’t complain about the simplistic writing. I think it did a good job of describing the disaster overall, but it was very light on details. It’s a kid’s book so I get it, but it didn’t even talk about the ship breaking in two, which I thought was odd. I did like the inclusion of the mumm
May 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Engaging and fun, and full of drama. The characters were vivid, and the banter between the siblings and their aunt helped to make them relatable for the reader. This book will almost certainly appeal to children who like adventure stories. However, parts of this story stretched credibility a bit too far. There are other fictional Titanic books out there for this age group that are better quality. Incidentally, it’s also quite possible that this author’s technique improved as she went. This one w ...more
Jessica Sheaffer
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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”
Pamela Hatch
The story of the Titanic has always fascinated me...there are many stories all sad...including this one in many ways.

I like that the interaction between George and his sister. All of George's mischief gets him into lots of trouble and this time his exploration of the ship saves their lives. The unsinkable ship is sinking and they get trapped below deck and need to find a way out. Lots of suspense from escaping from a stowaway with a knife, being caught behind locked doors, told he couldn't get o
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought it was great historical fiction book and it is even better when it out loud to you as an audio book.
Emily Pool
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Owen is obsessed with this series and we’ve read at least 10. Just reviewing one for my records. I love this series and think it’s a great way for kids to learn about some really hard and sad historical events. We’ve had lots of good conversions. Especially after reading the 9/11 one.
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
Never read any book from this series but wanted to check it out, and it was awesome! cant believe ive never heard of these before libby lol but im happy I did! Though short I liked the characters and its well written for younger readers too!
Austin W
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
i liked when Enzo hugged George on his leg
Nyah Rust
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 the author took a fact-filled historical event and made it personal instead of one big event. This is read through a small group of people’s points of view and told in a way that I feel like I was there for the sinking of the Titanic. This is one of those books that no matter the subject I am transported into that time and place.

George and his sister Phoebe are being invited to sail on the biggest and safest ship in the world. T
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
In "I survived the sinking of the Titanic" by Lauren Tarshish, it's a historical fiction about ten year old George Calder from Millerstown, New York that just wants to do nothing but explore. The little boy is getting into constant trouble and consistently makes his Papa angry. His mother died a few years back. His Aunt Daisy lost her husband around a year ago in a fatal car crash. Aunt Daisy had tickets for the titanic she was just going to go with her husband, but since he died she decided to ...more
Hannah Smith
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 is an amazing historical fiction novel that I would primarily use in fourth grade. This novel is based on the true events of the Titanic while telling the story of a little boy George, his sister Phoebe, and their Aunt Daisy's journey back home to New York. George being a ten year old boy was naturally curious and loved to explore the ship, which caused some trouble when he decided to sneak into the first class baggage room hoping to find a mummy. When ...more
Meg McGregor
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was a Middle School Reading, History, and English teacher for almost 30 years! How did I not know about this series?

Another reviewer, Phillip, recommended one of the books in the series, and I decided to get them all from my library!

I really enjoyed it this story! I love learning new things and Ms. Tarshis writes about the past so vividly, it is like she was actually there; you get the feeling that she is telling you about personal events!

I can fully understand why students would enjoy reading
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I have an odd interest in the titanic, I have visited the museum, have a few replica artifacts and love the small stories about the people from the boat. This book although made for middle school students was enjoyable. I really liked the character George. Although I do not think he was an actual person. I do have lists of all the passengers and a few backstories from their lives, with so many people I doubt it's possible for me to know if George was real or not whether the story built around hi ...more
Sophia Casillas
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic is about a kid named George who goes on an adventure with is aunt Daisy and his sister Phoebe. George thinks of his smart kind sister as his guardian angel. They one day get into a lot of trouble on the titanic. This is a very intriguing, entertaining true story. George meets many new people on the ships and explores many new things on the ship. A connection I have with the main character is, I can be social and meet many new people. A theme I have ...more
Matthew A
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: third-ine-weeks
George Calder, a boy living on a farm in New York, has a once in a lifetime experience to go on the Titanic. When George, Aunt Daisy, and his sister Pheobe stay on the Titanic, it doesn't go the way they, or anyone hoped. George goes down to the luggage to see if someone really did bring a mummy on board, but at that moment there is a big clash.
This book was really interesting, I liked how it didn't focus on one person but really focused on different characters. people who like the I Survived s
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
It is no secret that Titanic is my favorite movie. I love it. And I love this book. Little George and his sister were the cutest. Their relationship was amazing. I also loved Marco and Enzo, and their aunt as well. Just, everyone. Everyone was great. I may have gotten teary eyed in this. I just wanted everyone to make it out, and thus remains the tragic story of The Titanic. The I Survived series continues to be fabulous and I'm already addicted! ...more
Katie Lawrence
Feb 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
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. ...more
Kristin King
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really well done telling for elementary students from the perspective of 10 yr. old George. He tends to have "great" ideas that get him into trouble around the ship. So there's kid adventure webbed into the history. ...more
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