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#127 - White Star

by Marty Crisp

This week, it was our turn to choose a book for our homeschooling book club, and this is the one that we chose. We hadn’t read it before, but it looked good, and there was a study guide on the RMS Titanic website, so I figured it was probably a pretty good book.

It was a good book. It’s a very nicely done fictional treatment of the disaster, through the eyes of a 12-year-old boy who befriends one of the dogs on board the ship. Rather than focusing on the people on board, the author put a lot of focus on the dozen or so dogs who had been brought on board the ship by passenders. I suspect this was perhaps her way of getting the point across to children that lives were lost (many of the dogs on board did not survive), without dwelling too much on the loss of human life. In any case, that’s how the kids in the bookclub seemed to respond to the book. Almost all of them really enjoyed it – definitely, my son and I did – and we had a good discussion about it, too. 9/10

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netbyrd
Dec. 1st, 2006 01:36 pm (UTC)
What age group would you recommend it for? It sounds interesting. I'm not homeschooling this year because of conflicts with my husband, but I'm keeping up with afterschooling so my son actually learns something this year.
here_be_dragons
Dec. 1st, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
I think it's probably appropriate for kids just about any age. Connor is 8, and the oldest boy in our book club is 12, and they all liked it. I think it would also be fine for children even younger than Connor, but I would guess that the target age is probably about 10 to 12. It's not a long book, though, and we read it aloud in just a few hours. I bet your kids would like it!
beckerbuns
Dec. 1st, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC)
I don't remember whether I've ever mentioned this, but my dad (who died in '00) was a huge Titanic fanatic and had just about everything ever written about it. I don't think he ever had this book though; my mom found it at the library sometime after that and we thought it was a great book.

By the way, I thought of you because you homeschool when I heard about the National Geographic warehouse sale that is today and this weekend. I wrote about it in my blog today. Thought you would be interested.
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