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Unsinkable (Titanic, No. 1) by Gordon Korman
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Unsinkable (Titanic, No. 1) (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Gordon Korman

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Title:Unsinkable (Titanic, No. 1)
Authors:Gordon Korman
Info:Scholastic Paperbacks (2011), Edition: Original, Paperback, 176 pages
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Unsinkable (Titanic, No. 1) by Gordon Korman (2011)

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My third graders are really enthusiastic about Gordon Korman’s books, so when I found this historical fiction novel at Savers, I was tempted to see just what it was all about. The author does a superb job of weaving factual information about the Titanic into the story and describing the majestic ship, the Titanic, as the backdrop for the intrigue that occurs. The story centers around four young passengers aboard the ocean liner, as Paddy, a stowaway, tries to elude a couple of mean gangsters that are hot on his trail. While on board, he meets Alfie, an underage steward, who seeks employment to be near his father working in the bowels of the ship. The boys encounter Sophie, whose mother is a women’s suffrage activist, as they are extradited to return to America by the after being arrested. And then they meet Julie, whose aristocratic life of privilege is so unlike their own.
Because this book is the first of a trilogy, I was disappointed to find that a complete resolution to the gangster problem is not achieved by the end of the novel, and one must read books two and three in order to learn about Paddy’s fate, as well as the rest of the passengers aboard this ‘unsinkable’ ship. ( )
  haymaai | Dec 26, 2015 |
Really good. It shows a decent array of perspectives about the culture and climate of the time and a nice range of different classes of passengers. I could really do without the Jack the Ripper subplot, but whatever. ( )
  benuathanasia | Feb 2, 2015 |
Recommended Ages: Gr. 4-7

Plot Summary: Four different kids end up on the Titanic, although none of them expected to. Paddy, who lives on the streets, stole money from a rich gangster. Gilhooley kills his friend Daniel but Paddy escapes onto the ship. Unfortunately, Gilhooley is also on the Titanic.

Alfie's mother left him all alone and with no money. With no other hope, he tracks down his father, who he doesn't know very well because he's been at sea for much of Alfie's life. John will be working on the Titanic and out of desperation for somewhere to belong, Alfie lies about his age and gets a job on the Titanic as well.

Sophie is traveling with her mom as she protests for women's rights. In England, her mom gets arrested, which is no surprise. But Sophie also gets arrested. They are forced out of England and end up on the Titanic. Sophie knows her mom is crazy, but when she sees some woman waving like mad, she realizes another girl on the Titanic also has a crazy mother. Will they become friends?

Juliana's father loves adventure and surprises her with a trip on the Titanic. She's excited to be away from her mother, but her dad is a little crazy too. She knows a lot because her father is wealthy. Will she think she's too good to be friends with people who don't have as much money?

When Alfie and Paddy find out there is a murderer on board the Titanic, will they be able to solve the mystery before someone is killed?

Setting: Belfast, England, seas

Characters:
Paddy Burns - 14 y/o, AKA Patrick, "walked 67 miles to Belfast after the last whiskey-driven beating he intended to endure from his stepfather"
Kevin Gilhooley - gangster from Belfast, on the Titanic and knows Paddy stole from him, working with his gangster friends to kill Paddy as payback for stealing from him
Daniel Sullivan - 15 y/o, "orphan who had fled the life of a chimney sweep's climbing boy
Juliana Glamm - 15 y/o, is a little excited to be going away from her mother who embarrasses her by waving hysterically as the Titanic pulls away
Rodney Glamm - Earl of Glamford, Juliana's papa, likes to gamble and participate in extreme sports such as flying an airplane
Mr. Andrews - built the Titanic, talked to Daniel and gave him a challenge that he won't be able to find a way that the Titanic will sink
Alfie Huggins - 15 y/o, pretends to be 16 so he can work on the Titanic to be with his dad, his ma left him with no money and he found his dad
John Huggins - works as a fireman in the boiler room on the Titanic
Sophie Bronson - embarrassed by her mother but gets arrested with her in England
Ms. Amelia Bronson - being kicked out of England for her protesting for women's rights

Recurring Themes: Titanic, survival, friendship, family, child labor, murder, mystery, socioeconomic status

Controversial Issues: none (murder mystery)

Personal Thoughts: As soon as I realized this book was a murder mystery two-thirds of the way through I had to stop reading it at night before bed. This action packed book is clearly part of a trilogy so have all three parts readily available. The characters are fairly well developed but some are more memorable than others. Overall, great action/adventure.

Genre: mystery, action/adventure

Pacing: fast, but murder isn't introduced until 2/3 of the way through
Characters: well developed for having so many characters and storylines
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  pigeonlover | May 3, 2014 |
Interesting to hear the experience of sailing on the Titanic from several viewpoints- a first class passenger, a steward, and a stowaway. Also kind of loved that the book ended several hours before the ship hit the iceberg, so had nothing to do with it sinking. A little confused by the Jack the Ripper element... ( )
  wwrawson | Mar 31, 2013 |
An amazing book for a person who just wants to have a good story. Remember to read the two other books in this series! ( )
  Titaniac | Mar 24, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0545123313, Paperback)

The ultimate action/adventure trilogy begins, with #1 bestselling author Gordon Korman plunging readers into the heart of the Titanic.

The Titanic is meant to be unsinkable, but as it begins its maiden voyage, there's plenty of danger waiting for four of its young passengers. Paddy is a stowaway, escaping a deadly past. Sophie's mother is delivered to the ship by police - after she and Sophie have been arrested. Juliana's father is an eccentric whose riches can barely hide his madness. And Alfie is hiding a secret that could get him kicked off the ship immediately.
The lives of these four passengers will be forever linked with the fate of Titanic. And the farther they get from shore, the more the danger looms. . . .

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:58 -0400)

"The Titanic is meant to be unsinkable, but as it begins its maiden voyage, there's plenty of danger waiting for four of its young passengers. Paddy is a stowaway, escaping a deadly past. Sophie's mother is delivered to the ship by police - after she and Sophie have been arrested. Juliana's father is an eccentric whose riches can barely hide his madness. And Alfie is hiding a secret that could get him kicked off the ship immediately. The lives of these four passengers will be forever linked with the fate of the Titanic. And the farther they get from shore, the more the danger looms." (publisher).… (more)

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