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From Publishers Weekly

A dread sense of the inevitable drives this taut disaster story-and makes it nearly impossible to put down. Only moments after 15-year-old Barry O'Neill boards the Titanic in Queenstown, Ireland, the final port of call before the Atlantic crossing, he learns that the ship narrowly missed a collision at Southampton-a "bad omen," says a fellow passenger. Watley, Barry's steward in first class, claims intuitive knowledge that the voyage is ill-fated, while another uneasy passenger notes the shortage of lifeboats and refers to a novel written years earlier about an eerily similar ship called the Titan that sinks after colliding with an iceberg. Barry, understandably, is on edge-and so is the reader. When disaster finally strikes, Bunting (Spying on Miss Muller) unfolds the terrifying events in gripping climactic chapters. Barry acts nobly, risking his own life to save Pegeen, a girl from steerage class with whom he has fallen in love, and her brother, a ruffian with a longstanding grudge against Barry and his wealthy family. It's well-wrought historical fiction, but lest anyone forget, a brief afterword reminds readers of the horrifying and very real toll of the tragedy. Ages 12-up.
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Grade 6-9?Readers fascinated by the lore surrounding the sinking of the Titanic will likely enjoy this exciting, suspenseful, and romantic version of the tragedy. Fifteen-year-old Barry, a privileged, upper-class Irishman raised by his grandparents while his parents were off in China, is bound for America to join them at last. Class conflict comes aboard, too, in the form of Frank and Jonnie Flynn, who blame Barry's grandfather for their forced departure from Ireland via steerage. Frank's threats of revenge add a layer of fear to Barry's on-again, off-again relationship with their sister, Pegeen, as the plot steams steadily toward its inevitably icy climax. The final hundred pages of the book describe post-collision confusion that escalates toward chaos, including Barry's gallant attempt (in vain) to save Frank's life. He does succeed in saving Pegeen, and the two of them end up on the overturned inflatable life raft and are among those few rescued the next morning by the Carpathia. Lots of foreshadowing and hints of the supernatural (Watley, Barry's first-class steward, was born in a caul, which is said to have given him second sight) add interest, as does an interesting range of supporting characters.?Joel Shoemaker, Southeast Jr. High School, Iowa City, IA
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152013059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152013059
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Eve Bunting has written more than 200 books for children, many of which can be found in libraries around the world. Her other Clarion titles for very young readers include My Big Boy Bed, which was also illustrated by Maggie Smith, and Little Bear's Little Boat, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter. She lives in Pasadena, California.

Customer Reviews

The author did a great job in keeping my attention.
Andrea Doria survivor
I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the Titanic, or anyone who is looking for a good, action-packed read.
"celtichick57"
If you have seen the movie or even read any book about Titanic you will see what I mean.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book for many different reasons. What I most liked about is it wasn't all about the sinking of the titanic. It tells about if you were acually on the titanic what it would be like. The only thing is most it is fiction. There was no person named Barry, or the Flynn boys. What I also liked is how you could thell where everyone was. The writer didn't tell about one person at a time and leave everyone else hanging in space. I wouldn't sugest this book to people who are trying to find the history of the Titanic. Over all it was a very good book with a lot of twists and turns and you can acually fell like you were on the titanic. Like I said, if you are trying to find the history do not read this book, but if you are into adolesent drama and want to know what it felt like to acually be on the titanic, this book is for you.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
The book SOS Titanic was very exciting and put chills up my spine. Barry goes on the Titanic to live with his parents in New York. Barry travels with the Flynn boys and their sister Pegeen, who are all from Ireland. The boys are always hurting Barry because he had a crush on Pegeen. When the ship hit the iceberg chaos erupted. Barry couldn't find Pegeen and the boat was sinking rapidly. In the end it is love that helps them find each other. Once they finally get saved they are both happy and they realize that love is very powerful.
I chose the book Titanic because I have always had an interest in the different point of views of the actual happening. Everybody always exaggerates the story, and makes it sound like a love story, but this book seemed to focus most on the action portion. I may like romantic movies, but never enjoyed romantic books. The action in this book kept me on the edge of my seat with all of the descriptive words. I wanted a book that made me feel like I was actually there and my friend Heidi told me that this is what I was looking for. I took the advice and read the book. That was one decision that I do not regret.
My favorite part in this book was when Barry was looking over the deck to the poop deck to see Pegeen. He turned around because a man was looking at him and he hit a poll. The next thing he noticed was that his favorite glove was gone. He really wanted to go down and find the glove his grandpa gave him because it is important to him. While he was going down the steps the Flynn brothers saw him looking at Pegeen and they hurt him. Pegeen stood up to her brothers and helped Barry. She was so nice to Barry and they totally love each other.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
The SOS Titanic is a heartwarming story based on the voyage of the ship Titanic. On April 10, 1912, the Titanic picked up voyagers from Queenstown, Ireland on its way to New York. Barry O'Neill, age 15, is the main character that will be reuniting with his parents in New York. On the voyage, Barry is watched over by Mr. Scollins, a jeweler who is opening a branch of his company in New York. The only other passengers that Barry knew were Jonnie, Frank, and Pegeen Flynn. Barry knew that Jonnie and Frank had been troublemakers in Queenstown, so in order for him to make it to New York safely that he must stay away from them.
While on the ship, Barry met many new people. The most important of his new friends were Mr. Watley and Pegeen. Mr. Watley was Barry's and Mr. Scollins cabin steward. Throughout the story, he and Barry became close friends. Pegeen is also a new friend. They met one night when Barry was watching the steerage passengers dancing and having a party. He accidentally dropped his grandfather's glove down below so he went to retrieve it. Frank and Jonnie saw him while he was trying to get it and they and started a fight. Pegeen retrieved the glove for Barry and sent word through Mr. Watley for Barry to meet her so she could return it. From that point on, Barry and Pegeen were friends.
One night, before Barry went to sleep, Mr. Watley confided in Barry that a disaster was going to happen during their voyage. As predicted, the Titanic collided with an iceberg in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912, just a few days after their voyage began.
The crew immediately began to load the lifeboats, first class women and children first. After much reluctance, people began to realize that the "Unsinkable Ship", was actually going to sink.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 4, 2002
Format: Paperback
SOS Titanic is one of very few books that will leave you with a cliffhanger at the end of each chapter. the author, Eve Bunting, makes this book seem like you are actually on the Titanic. In April, 1912, the Titanic leaves the ship's dock in London, England to go to New York City with everyone thinking that this ship is unsinkable. Barry O'Neil, Mr.Scollins, Howard and Walty are the main characters who seach for some way to get out of the Titanic before the ship sinks and takes many, many people dow with it!
Howard, a first class gentelman, is very superstisios and belives that the titanic will end up like the Titan, a ship that hit an iceberg and sank. That was only in a book, but you never know what fantasy can come to life.Only time will tell. There are sixteen lifeboats on the Titanic an they can only fit about half the people on board, so how will they survive? Readers who have read this book thought that it should have a sequel since it is so popular and people love it. Also, the author uses such descriptions that it seems like you are actually inside of the book. SOS Titanic is the one and only book you should read for a historical fiction book report.
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