- Age Range: 10 and up
- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Dial; Library edition (June 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0803717911
- ISBN-13: 978-0803717916
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 54 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,385,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly
The sinking of the Titanic in April 1912 provides the emotional peak of this fact-based novel. Albert Trask, 13, is thrilled to be leaving England with his widowed mother, uncle and six-year-old sister. He's had enough of private tutoring and rainy weather, and can't wait to return to the family home outside Washington, D.C. But as the journey begins, Albert overhears a passenger suggest that the vessel isn't carrying enough lifeboats-a suspicion he confirms in conversation with a crewman. Williams (Mitzi and the Terrible Tyrannosaurus Rex) devotes relatively little space to the actual calamity, however, and the lengthy prelude grows tedious. The author's postscript mentions that Albert was created from a boy she discovered in her research, a 13-year-old initially prevented from boarding a lifeboat because he had attained the age of manhood. No passage in the novel itself, unfortunately, evokes the catastrophe with as much poignancy. Ages 9-13.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8?In an entertaining blend of fact and fiction, Albert Trask, 13, relates his experience aboard the opulent, ill-fated Titanic. He, his widowed mother, and spoiled little sister, Virginia, are returning to the U.S. from England, accompanied by domineering Uncle Claybourne. Albert's wealthy paternal grandmother in McLean, VA, is determined to oversee the lives of her daughter-in-law and grandchildren. Knowing his mother's desire for independence, Albert attempts to meet a distinguished theatrical producer who is onboard to find employment for her. His shipboard efforts fail, however, with the scrape of an iceberg. With historical accuracy, the orchestra plays on, lights are kept burning, half-full lifeboats are lowered, and passengers debate the seriousness of their situation. Albert is privy to crewmen's conversation about too much speed through the ice fields. He witnesses the desperate pleas of the ship's designer and officers to mobilize the passengers. The boy shoves his sister into a boat but is shamed into staying on deck to prove his manhood. Ultimately flung into the icy North Atlantic, he is one of the few to be plucked from the sea and taken aboard the Carpathia. His mother and uncle are lost, but Albert, Virginia, and Albert's friend, Emily, survive. At story's end, the young man stands up to his grandmother's overbearing demands and begins to discover that her plans for her orphaned grandchildren take their happiness into account. Readers lured more readily by fiction than nonfiction will find suspense, character development, and pathos amid the dramatic events.?Gerry Larson, Neal Middle School, Durham, NC
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I really did like this book- A LOT! The author added great characters, and Albert Trask was a fun main character, although his little sister, Virginia (Ginny, age 6), can be especially irritating at times. Claybourne, Albert's uncle, was a bit irritating too, but was a great character. Emily Brewer, was a good add to the story, but seemed a bit stuck up at times, which might or might not've been the author's goal. I still enjoyed having someone Albert's age in the story (she's 12 and a half or so)….and besides they become good friends, which is nice. The parts surrounding the sinking of the Titanic were great, but the actually sinking or the hours waiting for the Carpathia are not told, probably because Barbara Williams didn't want it to be too much for younger readers, which was fine, I actually enjoyed it.
It's also cool that Barbara Williams based Albert's character on a real boy whom she'd read and article about. The boy wasn't permitted entrance to a lifeboat because he was considered a man.
I actually really like this book, and have read it at least three times…Barbara Williams did a great job with this novel. It's an easy read, enjoyable, well-written…I would recommend!!!! It's a great book. I love it!
This book, Titanic Crossing, is a novel about a thirteen-year-old teenager who is traveling on the gigantic, marvelous and unsinkable Titanic. He is traveling with his mother, Katherine Trask, younger sister, Virginia Trask and his Uncle, whom Albert's calls Uncle Claybourne. Albert is the main Character and is an understanding, reasoning and kind person who is thirteen. His mother, Katherine Trask is a widowed lady, who is a kind and gentle lady who always has her eyes o the safety of her two children, especially Virginia. But she is short tempered too. Virginia Trask is a very stubborn six year-old who always lies to her mother about having a disease she has, appendicitis, which was the disease that killed their father. This fools Virginia's mother and she takes it seriously. Uncle Claybourne is a very stern, stubborn old man who is always seeking an opportunity to strike up a conversation with Albert's comparatively feeble mother. These are the important characters in the book. The minor characters in this novel are Emily B., who is a kind, gentle thirteen-year-old who treats Albert like her younger brother. Albert hates her the most. She always bosses him around and takes credit for the work he has done. Her younger sister, Sarah, is a very quiet young four-year-old girl who plays with Virginia. They are two very "busy" friends. They get so busy while playing that sometimes Virginia completely forgets to lie about having appendicitis. This young man, who is called Albert Trask, is the main character who is a courageous and understanding young boy who gives up his space on the lifeboat of the sinking Titanic, saying he is thirteen. He refuses to board the lifeboat, considering himself an adult. Albert realizes there are people who are more deserving than him and more in need of a lifeboat.