Jenn's Bookshelves blog - John
"You guessed it! Another “Choose your own Adventure!” This one, surprise, surprise, takes place on the Titanic. You are a passenger on the Titanic. It’s a pretty awesome ship, nearly 4 city blocks long. You notice, though, that there are only 16 life boats, not enough for the 2200 people on board. You don’t freak out though because there are enough life vests for everyone. Plus, what are the odds you are going to need to use them? But bad things do happen and the ship crashes into an iceberg. At this point you get three options on which character you will play in the story. I, of course, chose the 12-year-old boy traveling with his father to New York. I know this probably isn’t the best decision since the others include a surgeon’s assistant or the governess to a wealthy family, but it’s the closest to who I actually am. It was quite perfect because it turns out this little boy (me!) is a Boy Scout! This time I have better luck and my father & I survive!
After the “adventure” the book explains why only 705 of the 2200 people survived. Most of them were third-class passengers. This is the part of the boat that hit the iceberg, flooding first. Also, this part of the ship was separated from the rest. The rich believed third-class carried diseases so they were kept away. But since they were separated, the third-class passengers couldn’t reach the life boats.
Another reason was that many people didn’t want to leave the ship to get on the life boats. I don’t think they understood how serious the situation was. When they did realize, it was too late and the life boats were gone.
The end of the book lists several of the real survivors of the Titanic, including the youngest passenger on the Titanic, a little girl who was only two months old! She lived to be 97 years old and was the last living survivor of the Titanic sinking.
I didn’t do as well on this survival quiz because I haven’t quite learned what to do if a ship begins to sink, but you better believe I know now!
Like the Antarctica book, I liked this book because I got to take part in an adventure but also learned a lot!
http://www.jennsbookshelves.com/2011/08/04/tales-of-a-formerly-reluctant-reader-the-capstone-edition/" - Jenn's Bookshelves blog
August 4, 2011