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Can You Survive the Titanic?: An Interactive Survival Adventure
Can You Survive the Titanic?: An Interactive Survival Adventure
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Can You Survive the Titanic?: An Interactive Survival Adventure

You are a passenger on the most spectacular ocean liner ever built the Titanic. When the ship hits an iceberg and begins to sink, its going to take more than luck to survive. Will you, Try to save lives as a member of the ships medical crew? Protect the children of your wealthy employers? Experience the disaster as a 12 year old boy with inside knowledge of the ship? FACE the life or death dilemmas of the most famous shipwreck in history. YOU CHOOSE what you'll do next. The choices you make will either lead you to safety or to doom.

 
Dewey910.9163'4
GenreInformational
  
Reading LevelGrades 3-4
Interest LevelGrades 3-7
GRLS
Lexile Level640L
Early Intervention Level27
  
Text TypeNarrative Nonfiction
  
ISBN978-1-4296-6586-5
PublisherCapstone Press
BrandYou Choose Books
Copyright2012
  
Page Dimensions5 1/4" x 7 1/2"
Page Count112
LanguagesEnglish
BindingReinforced Library Binding
Hardcover
List Price: $31.99 School/Library Price
$23.99
 


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Recycle Your Reads blog - Tess Alfonsin

"Decisions in life are what make our personal roads twist and turn as they do. But what would you do if a decision you made was the difference between living or dying? The reader in this interactive book make life or death choices, but thankfully in the safe confines of an informative book. Readers of Can You Survive the Titanic? go along for the ride as a medical crew member, a staff member to a wealthy employer in charge of young children, and a twelve year old expert to the nuts and bolts of the grandest ship to ever set sail at the time. Written in the second person, the use of the words “you are” really make the voyage and its occupants very important decisions (should you give your blanket to a fellow lifeboat inhabitant or should you offer to share it?) literally spring to life. The interactive way the book is arranged (to follow another path, turn to page ___) would make a superb entryway for a parent or teacher to segue way into life choices, informed decision making and the luck of the draw. Impressionable readers could learn a great deal more than history in this deceptively skinny book. Can You Survive the Titanic? reminded me of Meanwhile: Pick Any Path by Jason Shiga in its organization. So popular is Meanwhile, that I was forced to put out a hostage notice (an idea gleaned from Donalyn Miller) in order to locate the popular book’s whereabouts. I predict Can You Survive the Titanic will be equally as popular in my classroom, and look forward to the book’s publication. http://www.recycleyourreads.com/?p=2648" - Recycle Your Reads blog

June 27, 2011

NetGalley - Kimberly Jeffryes

"This choose your own adventure is a great addition to any up and coming reader. Also, since it is fairly historically actuate, it would be great for a project on the Titanic to get the kids in the people's shoes." - NetGalley

July 1, 2011

 

NetGalley - Cathy Lin

"Can see this appealing to boys and reluctant readers. Artwork and (3d?) renderings do much to show what it was like aboard the ship, and maps as well as black and white illustrations offer additional material to "read." the text itself is a little straightforward and simple, but readers going in should be well aware of the situation and they are given stories of people according to class and location onboard. a good revamp of the choose your own adventure series, looking forward to other titles. As usual, capstone title stands out above others!" - NetGalley

July 3, 2011

Unshelved Book Club blog

"Both books blend facts and historical accuracy with the ability to make decisions about what happens to a character trying to stay alive. In Can You Survive the Titanic you can choose to be a first class passenger, a medical worker, or a third class passenger, and then attempt to survive the sinking (two-thirds of the passengers didn’t). In Can You Survive Antarctica you can try to survive temperatures up to one hundred degrees below zero fahrenheit as either a modern explorer or with Scott and Amundsen in the early 1900’s. Each has a basic section at the end that explains what happened to the real people that experienced these extremes. Why I picked it up: I was looking for quick reads for reluctant and low-ability readers, and these segmented, Choose Your Own Adventure-type books appealed to me because of their format. Why I finished it: I found myself madly flipping back and forth to see if I would be killed by a rogue leopard seal, or if I would drown in third class under a wave of oil-fouled water. I'd give it to: Wyatt, who would like the danger, because so many of the paths end in death. T.F., who has serious ADHD and would like the ability to stop and restart reading these without losing the narrative thread, because his attention waxes and wanes. http://www.unshelved.com/bookclub/2011-7-22" - Unshelved Book Club blog

July 22, 2011

 

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

Reading Vacation blog - Melina

"Middle graders will have fun making choices and learning more about the Titanic’s fateful voyage. I appreciate the amount of research done by the author." - Reading Vacation blog

March 1, 2012

 

Grand Forks Herald - Jennifer Dodds, Grand Forks Ben Franklin Elementary School

"Whether they read these books in the classroom or on their own, they will come away knowing much more about all sides of a historical event or time period. These are excellent books for reluctant readers as they love interacting with the text, art elements and primary sources in the story." - Grand Forks Herald

December 24, 2011

Library Media Connection - Jaime Jeanne Meadows, Librarian, Lower Columbia College, Longview, Washington

"These books are going to be popular with your young readers, especially the boys. The books describe a variety of choices to a disaster. If the reader makes the wrong choices, they are dead. A benefit is that the books teach survival skills, and each book describes a different type of environment. These books will be popular with children who are adventurous, plus they provide mental exercise for the reader. Each book provides three story paths and contains a survival guide related to the topic, Real Survivors, and Survival Quiz sections. Recommended." - Library Media Connection

May 1, 2012

 

NetGalley Review - Tricia Perry

"The children want anything Titanic right now. Thank you for filling that hole." - NetGalley Review

April 1, 2012

School Librayr Journal - Esther Keller, I.S. 278, Marine Park, NY

"These are fast reads that will have students turning the pages back and forth until they think they've reached every permutation possible. The photos are bright, vivid, and exciting, and the books are graphically appealing." - School Librayr Journal

December 1, 2011

 

Awards

TriState Young Adult Review Committee

2012 Books of Note

March 1, 2012

Learning Magazine

2013 Teachers’ Choice Awards for the Family

December 1, 2012

Allison Lassieur

Allison Lassieur

Allison Lassieur has written more than 100 books on many topics, including history, biography, science, and current events. She has also written fiction novels and short stories, puzzles, and activities. When she isn't busy writing, Allison enjoys knitting, spinning, and reading good novels. Allison lives in Trenton, Tennessee with her husband, daughter, and a houseful of pets.

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