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Ten-year-old George Calder can't wait to explore every inch of the Titanic, even if his little sister, Phoebe, has to tag along. But when George sneaks away without her and ventures into the first class baggage room, a terrible boom shakes the entire boat. Suddenly, water is everywhere, and George's life changes forever... Lauren Tarshis's New York Times bestselling I Survi Ten-year-old George Calder can't wait to explore every inch of the Titanic, even if his little sister, Phoebe, has to tag along. But when George sneaks away without her and ventures into the first class baggage room, a terrible boom shakes the entire boat. Suddenly, water is everywhere, and George's life changes forever... Lauren Tarshis's New York Times bestselling I Survived series takes on vivid new life in full-color graphic novel editions. Perfect for readers who prefer the graphic novel format, or for existing fans of the I Survived chapter book series, these graphic novels combine historical facts with high-action storytelling that's sure to keep any reader turning the pages.


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Ten-year-old George Calder can't wait to explore every inch of the Titanic, even if his little sister, Phoebe, has to tag along. But when George sneaks away without her and ventures into the first class baggage room, a terrible boom shakes the entire boat. Suddenly, water is everywhere, and George's life changes forever... Lauren Tarshis's New York Times bestselling I Survi Ten-year-old George Calder can't wait to explore every inch of the Titanic, even if his little sister, Phoebe, has to tag along. But when George sneaks away without her and ventures into the first class baggage room, a terrible boom shakes the entire boat. Suddenly, water is everywhere, and George's life changes forever... Lauren Tarshis's New York Times bestselling I Survived series takes on vivid new life in full-color graphic novel editions. Perfect for readers who prefer the graphic novel format, or for existing fans of the I Survived chapter book series, these graphic novels combine historical facts with high-action storytelling that's sure to keep any reader turning the pages.

30 review for I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 (I Survived Graphic Novel #1):

  1. 4 out of 5

    Laura Gardner

    The graphic novels and I Survived books are the most popular books in our middle school library and now there’s going to be an I Survived graphic novel series!? Better buy this for sure! Kids are going to EAT. THIS. UP. Thanks to the publisher for an ARC to share with Kidlitexchange.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Darla

    Reintroducing the I Survived books as graphic novels is brilliant. The text to illustration ratio is not as dense as the Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales. That means more historical facts in the hands of a wider range of kids. I can see kids moving from the I Survived novels to discovering the graphix and vice versa. They will also be pleased to read the Nathan Hale series. I have no doubt that this title and others to come will circ well in my branch. A big thank you to Graphix and Edelweiss for a Reintroducing the I Survived books as graphic novels is brilliant. The text to illustration ratio is not as dense as the Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales. That means more historical facts in the hands of a wider range of kids. I can see kids moving from the I Survived novels to discovering the graphix and vice versa. They will also be pleased to read the Nathan Hale series. I have no doubt that this title and others to come will circ well in my branch. A big thank you to Graphix and Edelweiss for a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    M.L. Little

    @kidlitexchange partner: I Survived The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 GRAPHIC NOVEL EDITION by @laurentarshis and Haus Studio. Releases February 4, 2020 through @scholasticinc. —————* I have never read an I Survived book before, and while I find valid the question asked by another reviewer -“with the books so short, is a graphic novel edition necessary?”- I do actually think this was necessary. There are kids who will literally only read graphic novels. Period. So why not use them to get in histo @kidlitexchange partner: I Survived The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 GRAPHIC NOVEL EDITION by @laurentarshis and Haus Studio. Releases February 4, 2020 through @scholasticinc. —————* I have never read an I Survived book before, and while I find valid the question asked by another reviewer -“with the books so short, is a graphic novel edition necessary?”- I do actually think this was necessary. There are kids who will literally only read graphic novels. Period. So why not use them to get in history and education in a colorful, exciting way? I loved the story and the thoughts and emotions of 10-year-old George were very real to me. The artwork in this ARC edition is not complete; more than half the pages are black and white, but it already looks great and I can’t wait to see it finished! As a 9-year-old obsessed with the Titanic after a school museum trip, I would have loved this book, and the Titanic facts at the end make it even more real for kids and classrooms. The first-ever I Survived graphic novel releases February 4! Thank you Kid Lit Exchange for the review copy—all opinions are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jenbebookish

    Read 08/12/2020 This was Titanic JR. Except instead of a romance between Kate and Leo, there was the love between a young brother and sister, Georgie and Phoebe. This little graphic novel novella so closely mirrored that of the movie Titanic that there was even a door used as a floating device at the end. Except here in Titanic Jr. at least the companion wasn’t forced to dangle unnecessarily in the freezing cold water, dropping precious degrees by the minute when there was plenty of room for him Read 08/12/2020 This was Titanic JR. Except instead of a romance between Kate and Leo, there was the love between a young brother and sister, Georgie and Phoebe. This little graphic novel novella so closely mirrored that of the movie Titanic that there was even a door used as a floating device at the end. Except here in Titanic Jr. at least the companion wasn’t forced to dangle unnecessarily in the freezing cold water, dropping precious degrees by the minute when there was plenty of room for him on the door as well. In this, Marko has his own floatation device. 3.5 stars. Cute for what it was despite there being nothing original about this whatsoever. But I don’t judge them too harshly on that fact considering Titanic is a topic that has been romanticized and revisited countless times, there’s only so much that can be expanded on. That wasn’t even the point, the point was to make this relatable to a younger audience, a feat which Lauren Tarshis undertook and accomplished successfully. Woot woot. It was a little young for me, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. <3

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This was the first I Survived book I have read – and, naturally, given my fascination with Titanic, it was this one. Not only did I enjoy the story, I found it a really good introduction to an intriguing bit of history. Because it is in graphic novel form, it is bound to be more accessible for those who prefer the graphic format, find themselves reluctant to read, or are a struggling reader. After the main story, the book included two pages of Titanic facts, two pages about real-life passengers, This was the first I Survived book I have read – and, naturally, given my fascination with Titanic, it was this one. Not only did I enjoy the story, I found it a really good introduction to an intriguing bit of history. Because it is in graphic novel form, it is bound to be more accessible for those who prefer the graphic format, find themselves reluctant to read, or are a struggling reader. After the main story, the book included two pages of Titanic facts, two pages about real-life passengers, one page on finding the sunken ship, a selected bibliography, and a list of other books about the Titanic.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mateen Mahboubi

    I never read the I Survived books before but I understand that this is a fairly faithful adaptation. An enjoyable, fast-paced story of a loving family going through one of the most famous historic disasters.

  7. 4 out of 5

    vanessa

    I gotta stay hip with the kids who love the I Survived series. I really liked the pace, action, and historical facts at the end. I don't love the illustrations but that's just a personal preference. I gotta stay hip with the kids who love the I Survived series. I really liked the pace, action, and historical facts at the end. I don't love the illustrations but that's just a personal preference.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus George Calder is traveling on the Titanic with his widowed aunt and his younger sister. There are a lot of opportunities for adventure on board, when he can manage to sneak away from his cabin. When he hears that there is a mummy in the luggage area, he sneaks down in the dead of night, only to meet a creepy man with a scar who threatens him. When they are about to open the mummy case, the ship lurches and George manages to escape. Ship personnel tell his aunt to E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus George Calder is traveling on the Titanic with his widowed aunt and his younger sister. There are a lot of opportunities for adventure on board, when he can manage to sneak away from his cabin. When he hears that there is a mummy in the luggage area, he sneaks down in the dead of night, only to meet a creepy man with a scar who threatens him. When they are about to open the mummy case, the ship lurches and George manages to escape. Ship personnel tell his aunt to get everyone dressed and ready to go to the deck of the ship; she doesn't want to, but reluctantly agrees. George's sister is not in her bed, and George feels she must have heard him slip out and followed him. He and his aunt finally locate her, but she has gotten down into steerage to see Enzo, an Italian boy with whom she has made friends. George manages to make it to the deck with Enzo, his father, and his aunt and sister, but there is no room on the life boat for George. He and the father try to stick together, jumping off the ship before it capsizes and hanging onto doors to float in the cold sea before being rescued by the Carpathia. Strengths: This has an excellent text to picture ratio for elementary students, and is sort of like gummy vitamins; it gets history into students who might not normally pick up historical fiction. Tarshis can tell a fast-paced, We Were There type story very effectively, and this is a good adaptation. Weaknesses: The I Survived books are short enough as they are, so this seems sort of unnecessary. What I really think: I guess the graphic novel is helpful in that it shows what the historical era looks like. I'll have to buy these, and they will be wildly popular, since both the I Survived books and graphic novels are constantly checked out.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Dulaney

    Lauren Tarshis has been teaching while entertaining students for a number of years with her historical fiction “I Survived” books. That series now comes to readers in the hugely popular graphic novel format and with its bold illustrations and succinct text will be just as successful as the traditional format. The characters of George, Phoebe, Daisy, Marco and Enzo are surprisingly well-developed considering the small amount of text and their excitement over the voyage and fears during the sinkin Lauren Tarshis has been teaching while entertaining students for a number of years with her historical fiction “I Survived” books. That series now comes to readers in the hugely popular graphic novel format and with its bold illustrations and succinct text will be just as successful as the traditional format. The characters of George, Phoebe, Daisy, Marco and Enzo are surprisingly well-developed considering the small amount of text and their excitement over the voyage and fears during the sinking and after are clearly expressed. Included in this graphic novel is back matter on real passengers and interesting facts about the ship. Highly recommended for students in grades 3-7. Thanks for the dARC, Edelweiss. Reread this one in anticipation of it being at Scholastic book fair and available purchase in a library bound edition. My kids are super excited and I am hoping that it leads to the reading of the standard format book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sarah B

    This review is of the ARC. This graphic novel is very well written and I was pulled into the world of young George and his sister Phoebe right away. They are traveling with their Aunt on the Titanic. The story is tense and scary in many spots, long before the sinking of the ship even starts. There's plenty here to fascinate young readers and give them the opportunity to learn history in an exciting way. It really comes alive, especially when you can see through the art what the ship actually look This review is of the ARC. This graphic novel is very well written and I was pulled into the world of young George and his sister Phoebe right away. They are traveling with their Aunt on the Titanic. The story is tense and scary in many spots, long before the sinking of the ship even starts. There's plenty here to fascinate young readers and give them the opportunity to learn history in an exciting way. It really comes alive, especially when you can see through the art what the ship actually looked like. And George explores many different parts of the ship, including the cargo area, the crew quarters, engine room...so readers get a good idea of the entire ship. The only place actually left out is the bridge. I really enjoyed the art in this book. I'm amazed at how the ship looks. For example I had no idea that a first class cabin came with three rooms. The art has nice details and colors. Good facial expressions. The details like the clothing and lamps on the hallway wall (gas lamps maybe?) is great too..these details make the time period alive to the reader. The very back of the book contains facts about the Titanic.

  11. 5 out of 5

    tony dillard jr

    I Survived is based on the popular award-winning series of chapter books of the same name by Lauren Tarshis. Since 2010, her books have taken young readers back into the past to witness such disastrous events as the attack on Pearl Harbor, the great Chicago fire and hurricane Katrina. Tarshis combines real life events with fictional characters to present a narrative that invites readers into the drama without being too intense. Like with Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales, the I Survived books do not I Survived is based on the popular award-winning series of chapter books of the same name by Lauren Tarshis. Since 2010, her books have taken young readers back into the past to witness such disastrous events as the attack on Pearl Harbor, the great Chicago fire and hurricane Katrina. Tarshis combines real life events with fictional characters to present a narrative that invites readers into the drama without being too intense. Like with Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales, the I Survived books do not sugar coat historical fact. People die in some very dramatic ways in these books. So it might be best for parents and guardians to stick to the recommended age range of 8-12 years old for these books. Adults, you might be comfortable with going a year or so younger. But I would greatly suggest that if you do, read the book with your child in order to field any intense feelings or anxieties that might arise when reading. I was a huge fan of many elements of this book. I liked that Lauren Tarshis handled the adaptation of her book from chapter book to graphic novel. (Georgia Ball developed the script for the illustrators to follow.) I thought that the educational segment in the back of the book was great. But what I really fell in love with was the author’s letter to the reader which continued, albeit briefly, the story of main character George and his family after the sinking of Titanic. Artwork for this book was done by the Argentine collective Haus Studio. The art was very good as was the coloring. My favorite aspect was the framing. The great Jack Kirby was known for taking comics characters out of static poses and instead re-positions the ‘camera’ angles into more dramatic poses. And the artists at Haus Studio developed some of the most breath-taking panels that I have seen in a very long time. (See the very last panel on page 109 for a perfect example of this!) The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 is the first of Lauren Tarshis’ I Survived books that will receive the graphic novel treatment. If your child becomes a fan of this book, not only are there dozens of age appropriate books out there about the Titanic, but a second graphic novel is due very soon. I Survived The Shark Attacks of 1916 is set for release in print and digital formats this June! For a thrilling venture through one of the worst naval disasters in world history, this is an account not to be missed! Exciting. Tragic. And educational too! This is a new graphic novel series that the entire family will enjoy.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Katelyn Patterson

    I have read many children's books about the Titanic. This one played it pretty safe. That could be due to the original material though. The artwork was fine. Kids who are enthralled by the Titanic will enjoy it. I have read many children's books about the Titanic. This one played it pretty safe. That could be due to the original material though. The artwork was fine. Kids who are enthralled by the Titanic will enjoy it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Pumkin pie

    It was pretty good. It was interesting to see how the writer imagined the characters and the scenes. It was also interesting that they made the end of the book (fun facts and abot the author and illustrator) into graphics too!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    A great insight into the Titanic and the disaster. It was quite overwhelming, I could feel the fewr of those on board and I felt the author depicted it all really well and on a great level for children.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    Graphic novel based on a series I’d never heard of but would have enjoyed as a kid. Good storyline, good graphics, enjoyed it

  16. 5 out of 5

    Betsy Wolf

    Students will love this.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    I think it was good but I would have changed the end to when the boat they built was done

  18. 4 out of 5

    Avery

    I think that this book is very good. I like how it tells about real life things that happen but in a graphic novel. I recommend this book to 8-15.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912: The Graphic Novel by Lauren Tarshis, illustrated by Haus Studio, 160 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL. Graphix (Scholastic), 2020. $25. 9781338120912 Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: G. BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS - ESSENTIAL AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH Told through the point of view of a 10yo boy, Georgie, this is the story of one family’s experience the night the Titanic hit the iceberg. Georgie has a sister and an aunt with him and they make friends wi I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912: The Graphic Novel by Lauren Tarshis, illustrated by Haus Studio, 160 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL. Graphix (Scholastic), 2020. $25. 9781338120912 Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: G. BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS - ESSENTIAL AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH Told through the point of view of a 10yo boy, Georgie, this is the story of one family’s experience the night the Titanic hit the iceberg. Georgie has a sister and an aunt with him and they make friends with a man and his son. Each survives in different ways - some in lifeboats, and some in the water. The story is woven in with the superstitious idea that a mummy on board was bad luck. Students are already drawn to the “I Survived” series and the new graphic novels will engage even more readers. There was a good balance of words to images, providing plenty of opportunities for readers to practice their skills. I found the illustrations tasteful, given it is built around a tragedy, and they made it come alive without making it too scary to be accessible for a wide audience. Jen Wecker, HS English Teacher https://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2020...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Ferencz

    This was beautifully written and illustrated for the targeted age. I especially liked the additional information at the end, which included additional facts and more books to read about the topic.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Knuttel

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for a review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. I'm going to admit something...I have never read an I Survived bool before! I know, I know, shame on me. I have a gazillion of them in my classroom and even though they are a bit on the easy end for 5th grade, they are always popular! You know what else is always popular? Graphic novels. Can't keep the dang things on my shelves. So what do you get when you cross a popular historical adventure series wi Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for a review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. I'm going to admit something...I have never read an I Survived bool before! I know, I know, shame on me. I have a gazillion of them in my classroom and even though they are a bit on the easy end for 5th grade, they are always popular! You know what else is always popular? Graphic novels. Can't keep the dang things on my shelves. So what do you get when you cross a popular historical adventure series with the most popular format of a book? GENIUS, that's what you get. Whoever came up with this idea, I hope they are paying you well. The I Survived books are short to begin with, and the graphic novel format makes it an even quicker read. It probably took me 30 min in one sitting to get through this whole book. A student cold definitely read through this whole book in one independent reading block, but I can easily see it being read over and over again, as I know graphic novel fans (and kids in general) tend to return to their favorites. I really enjoyed the blend of high stakes adventure and historical information in this book. Even though all the major characters make it to the end of the book, you still had a real feeling that some of them might. It wrapped up pretty neatly, but when you remember who the target audience is, injury is a great way to convey the seriousness of the event without bringing it to too dark of a place. I loved seeing the gorgeous illustrations of the Titanic, and the information about the building of the chip was great to read too. The description of the many decks on the ship gently introduces the disparities between socio-economic class, and when George discovers that the lower deck passengers have been locked in while the wealthier passengers were ushered to the top deck for safety, it's a staggering moment. I loved seeing the relationship George built with Enzo and his father - it was adorable. As per usual with graphic novels and short books, I would have enjoyed more! But I always want more. Luckily, there is a wealth of knowledge about the Titanic out there, including children's books! Hopefully this will inspire students to read more about the Titanic and more historical fiction!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I received an ARC at NYCC 2019. Many thanks to Graphix and Scholastic for the copy. The version I reviewed was incomplete. The second half wasn’t colored yet and some graphics were temporary. I’ll start by going on record that I love the idea of using graphic novels to teach. And historical non-fiction is one of the best subjects to tackle. This one does a good job handling such a dire theme for a younger age group. Adults will see where things are glossed over. But the story should connect with I received an ARC at NYCC 2019. Many thanks to Graphix and Scholastic for the copy. The version I reviewed was incomplete. The second half wasn’t colored yet and some graphics were temporary. I’ll start by going on record that I love the idea of using graphic novels to teach. And historical non-fiction is one of the best subjects to tackle. This one does a good job handling such a dire theme for a younger age group. Adults will see where things are glossed over. But the story should connect with a younger audience pretty well. There is a lot of really good layout in this book. One spread in particular really gave a good sense of scale to the disaster. But the artwork is all over the place. The color may have been half finished in my copy, but in standard comic production, the linework is done by this point. Which means the inconsistent faces have nothing to do with its work-in-progress status. And it is really all over the place. There are characters I didn’t recognize from page to page because their faces, hair and clothes change completely. A more experienced reader can connect the dots by knowing that 4 different white ladies with red hair have not been introduced at random moments. Rather the aunt has simply changed clothes for a new scene. But it’s easy to see this would cause problems for any number of readers. There’s also some really clunky, on the nose dialog. I understand the need to be clear in writing for middle grade. But even 10 year old me would have thrown the book across the room if one more person said “Nothing can sink the Titanic!”. I didn’t appreciate this sort of talking down when I was young and I’m disappointed to see it survives in new books today. My grade for this was hovering at a 2.5 and I wasn’t sure where to rate it. The discussion questions at the end convinced me to round up. They were really pointed and brought up tough subjects. The tragedy of this event really hits when you read that a character that survived in the book died in real life. Other questions do a very good job of covering things like hubris, ego and unfettered capitalism (even if they don't use those exact words). This is far from my favorite example of graphic non-fiction I’ve read recently. And frankly the subject of the Titanic seems over covered. But if it must be covered, then this isn’t a bad way to start to conversation.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kate Waggoner

    George Calder and his sister, Phoebe, are aboard the Titanic with their aunt. George is a pretty mischievous young man who always seems to be finding trouble. On April 15, 1912, George sneaks out of his room after his aunt and sister fall asleep to locate the cargo hold and see if the rumors of a mummy are true. While he's out, the Titanic hits an iceberg. Now, it's a race to see if he, his family, and his new found friends will be able to escape the ship and the survive the icy waters. I'm a hug George Calder and his sister, Phoebe, are aboard the Titanic with their aunt. George is a pretty mischievous young man who always seems to be finding trouble. On April 15, 1912, George sneaks out of his room after his aunt and sister fall asleep to locate the cargo hold and see if the rumors of a mummy are true. While he's out, the Titanic hits an iceberg. Now, it's a race to see if he, his family, and his new found friends will be able to escape the ship and the survive the icy waters. I'm a huge fan of the I Survived series as many of my striving readers find the series captivating and it encourages them to read. I was super excited to see that the series was going to also be made into graphic novels as my students love them as well. The topic of the Titanic is something that many students find fascinating. I found the graphic novel to be a very quick read (I finished it in less than a half hour). George is fun character and offers the reader a glimpse into life on the Titanic. The story develops and concludes rather quickly and didn't seem to have a lot of depth. My favorite part of the graphic novel was actually the section after the narrative that offered the reader more facts about the Titanic, its passengers, and its sinking. The illustrations are well done and I like the color palette which is full of golds and blues, simultaneously emphasizing the richness of the ship and many of its passengers as well as the darkness and icy coldness of their surroundings. I think my students will love this novel. I can't wait to share it with them and see what topic is next in the series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jo-ann Walsh

    Thank you @kidlitexchange, @scholasticinc, and @laurentarshis for the review copy of the graphic novel, I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912. This book was released on February 4, 2020. All opinions are my own. I really enjoyed this graphic novel. While there have been so many stories told about the Titanic, I think children will love the graphic novel format. I also like how the story was told from the point of view of a young boy named George, and we experience the story through his eyes Thank you @kidlitexchange, @scholasticinc, and @laurentarshis for the review copy of the graphic novel, I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912. This book was released on February 4, 2020. All opinions are my own. I really enjoyed this graphic novel. While there have been so many stories told about the Titanic, I think children will love the graphic novel format. I also like how the story was told from the point of view of a young boy named George, and we experience the story through his eyes. While this is a work of historical fiction, there are facts and real people (such as Mr. Andrews and Mr. Stead) in the story. I find it so fascinating how everyone thought that the Titanic was indestructible, yet its worst nightmare came true. It was clever how George's sister, Phoebe pointed out that there weren't enough lifeboats for everyone earlier in the book. George's "adventures" on he ship will keep children engaged in the story. And seeing how scary and dramatic the sinking of the Titanic was for George and the others on the ship, will give children a better understanding of the historical tragedy. While George and his family were lucky enough to survive, we see how sad and devastated George is knowing that the lives of so many people were lost. Children will definitely find this graphic I Survived novel very appealing. As a fourth grade teacher, I know this will be of high interest to my students (especially because we already love Lauren Tarshis!) This book is sure to be a huge hit!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Thank you @kidlitexchange @scholasticinc and @laurentarshis for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Releases 2.4.20. In elementary school, I remember being fascinated by the story of the Titanic. I discovered a nonfiction book in the library that listed facts from that dreadful voyage and showed many pictures from the underwater wreckage. I have a feeling I would have really enjoyed the I Survived series. It’s such a great way to teach a few facts to young readers through hist Thank you @kidlitexchange @scholasticinc and @laurentarshis for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Releases 2.4.20. In elementary school, I remember being fascinated by the story of the Titanic. I discovered a nonfiction book in the library that listed facts from that dreadful voyage and showed many pictures from the underwater wreckage. I have a feeling I would have really enjoyed the I Survived series. It’s such a great way to teach a few facts to young readers through historical fiction. My daughter, who is 9, loves the series and was so excited when I showed her this new graphic novel version. She read it immediately the moment we opened the mail. The text was really light and easy to quickly read through. I liked that it gave some simple facts and introduced kids to some of the layout of the ship as well as the division of the different classes. Even though the story was short, the characters were well developed and you saw the range of emotions they endured during their experience. The graphics were well done and definitely added to the story. The novel concluded with a a few pages that discussed various facts. It talked about the demographic of the passengers on board that day, the difference between the classes of rooms, some famous passengers and a brief page about the wreckage. It’s a great introduction into learning about the Titanic and will hopefully spark readers to seek out more info about this historical event.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    I Survived The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912: A Graphix Book is a graphic novel adapted from the original story, I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic. The story follows our main character, a boy named, George. George, his sister, Phoebe, and his aunt, Daisy, are aboard the unsinkable Titanic. George is a mischievous kid who always seems to be getting in trouble. While searching for a rumored mummy on the ship, ice and water start to enter the Titanic. At first, no one worries because they were t I Survived The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912: A Graphix Book is a graphic novel adapted from the original story, I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic. The story follows our main character, a boy named, George. George, his sister, Phoebe, and his aunt, Daisy, are aboard the unsinkable Titanic. George is a mischievous kid who always seems to be getting in trouble. While searching for a rumored mummy on the ship, ice and water start to enter the Titanic. At first, no one worries because they were told the ship is unsinkable. As the night progresses, panic ensues. Will George and his loved ones escape the sinking ship? This graphic novel was published on February 4, 2020. It has elements of historical fiction because it is set in a specific point of history with realistic characters and scenarios. I found this book when I was searching historical fiction texts through my library's online catalogue. I own the original text it was based off of. It is in my classroom library. My students love the I Survived series. Kirkus Reviews calls it, "A fresh and interesting adaptation, making for an easy crowd pleaser." I would recommend this book for third - fifth grade. I really like the illustrations because the reader can read into them more than the text. Also, they are in color, which is pretty cool. At the end of the story, there are some facts about the Titanic and passengers that the reader may find interesting. I definitely need to purchase a copy for my classroom library.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Abby B.

    I got an Advanced copy of this book and I was really exited to read it. I am a fan of the I survived Series and a big fan of Graphic Novel Adaptations. But there are definitely better books out there. I felt like the book's pace was too fast to really take in the moment and enjoy the time and effort that was put into little details. But this book did stay on top of the subject and for the most part had the same view as the Chapter book has. I recommend reading the chapter book first so you can v I got an Advanced copy of this book and I was really exited to read it. I am a fan of the I survived Series and a big fan of Graphic Novel Adaptations. But there are definitely better books out there. I felt like the book's pace was too fast to really take in the moment and enjoy the time and effort that was put into little details. But this book did stay on top of the subject and for the most part had the same view as the Chapter book has. I recommend reading the chapter book first so you can visualize in your perspective what the characters look like and some of the more finer details. I would recommend this book to people who can't really visualize. I think that there are better books out there. I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 Lauren Tarshis

  28. 5 out of 5

    Becky B

    A graphic novel adaptation of Tarshis' story of two siblings and their aunt who are sailing on the Titanic when it hits an iceberg and sinks. I have a whole slew of students who won't touch historical fiction with a ten foot pole (unless it is a WWII story). They think it is "boring." But they will devour graphic novels by the shelf-full. So I'm glad these I Survived stories are being adapted into a format that will be palatable for the kids who think they don't like historical fiction. Maybe it A graphic novel adaptation of Tarshis' story of two siblings and their aunt who are sailing on the Titanic when it hits an iceberg and sinks. I have a whole slew of students who won't touch historical fiction with a ten foot pole (unless it is a WWII story). They think it is "boring." But they will devour graphic novels by the shelf-full. So I'm glad these I Survived stories are being adapted into a format that will be palatable for the kids who think they don't like historical fiction. Maybe it will whet some appetites for more historical adventures. Thanks to the title of the series, you know from the outset that our hero is going to make it through the sinking even though lots of fellow passengers don't. This is actually a relatively tame Titanic story and would be a good choice for sensitive readers (view spoiler)[every side character you are introduced to and care about survives (hide spoiler)] . In the back of the book Tarshis relates real historical facts and the people from history who inspired certain characters in this book. Recommended for graphic novel fans, reluctant historical fiction readers, and disaster story fans. Notes on content: No language issues or sexual content. It is mentioned that many, many died in this catastrophe but none are shown on page.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Bange

    Reviewed from an ARC. A graphic adaptation of Tarshis' book of the same title (Scholastic, 2010), it follows the same fictional story line. Young George and his sister Phoebe are accompanying their Aunt Daisy on the maiden voyage of the HMS Titanic, when it struck an iceberg on that fateful night in April, 1912. Traveling first class on the ship allows George much more freedom to explore it, meet important passengers, and know enough detail about how the ship was built that would save their live Reviewed from an ARC. A graphic adaptation of Tarshis' book of the same title (Scholastic, 2010), it follows the same fictional story line. Young George and his sister Phoebe are accompanying their Aunt Daisy on the maiden voyage of the HMS Titanic, when it struck an iceberg on that fateful night in April, 1912. Traveling first class on the ship allows George much more freedom to explore it, meet important passengers, and know enough detail about how the ship was built that would save their lives. A quick read, adapter Georgia Ball includes just enough factual information to call it "historical fiction", while keeping it chock-a-block full of action. Artwork by Haus Studio and coloring by Larra Lee are exciting and certainly add to the excitement. Backmatter includes a letter from Tarshis, some primary source materials about the Titanic, information about a few of the well-known passengers (and were included in the story), the Titanic today, and two bibliographies, one for older researchers and the other for children. Optional Purchase for grades 2-5.

  30. 4 out of 5

    zapkode

    {My thoughts} – George, his sister and his aunt are all on board the Titanic on the night it hits an iceberg and sinks. This graphic novel is a wonderful depiction of the original I Survived book that Lauren Tarshis wrote for children and middle grade. As I read through this book it was easy to recall the original book. A lot of the text is the same and or similar. The illustrations help to give you an idea of what the illustrator was seeing when they’d imagined the world in which the book was e {My thoughts} – George, his sister and his aunt are all on board the Titanic on the night it hits an iceberg and sinks. This graphic novel is a wonderful depiction of the original I Survived book that Lauren Tarshis wrote for children and middle grade. As I read through this book it was easy to recall the original book. A lot of the text is the same and or similar. The illustrations help to give you an idea of what the illustrator was seeing when they’d imagined the world in which the book was envisioned for. I have to admit it’s pretty spot on to what I thought as I’d read the original book in which it is based. My only complaint is that the text seems kind of small and could potentially be hard for some individuals to read. Otherwise, it is pure perfection and I look forward to reading the rest of the series as they release as graphic novels! I highly recommend this book for anyone that enjoys graphic novels and historical fiction. It is well worth the time spent reading it!

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