The Titanic Crossing Summary

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Titanic Crossing Genre: Historic Fiction
Barbara Williams
Copyright: 1995
Pages: 163
Grade: 4-5


Summary: Barbara Williams, novel the Titanic Crossing depicts the story of main character, Albert and his family as they aboard the Titanic in April of 1912 in hopes of returning back to America. Although Alberts family, are not excited about the new adventure, Albert is excited about going back home and the opportunity to explore the enormous ship, the Titanic. The night of the sinking of the Titanic, Albert locates his sister Ginny onto one of the lifeboats that are for women and children. When loading on the lifeboat, Albert is shocked to be informed by the crewmen that his age of thirteen qualifies him as a man, and he is forced to separate
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The audience can easily get attached to Annamarie who throughout the novel evolves into a brave young woman at the age of thirteen. In the afterword of the text, Lowry discusses that Annamarie’s character was created on behalf of Annelise Platt, a young Denmark Jew during World War II. The books development of characters, and historical accuracy of the text provides readers with a compelling story that they can visualize when discussing the life of Jews in World War II.

Other Books: The Silent Boy, The Giver

Related Titles: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: is a novel about a young girl living in Germany during World War II. Both novels are about the effects of World War II and have young children as the protagonist.

Night by Elie Wiesel: Although Wiesel writes about his own experience in a concentration camp during the Holocaust, both books main characters are children who are asked to have courageous and brave acts through frightening moments.

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