Good for ages 9-13
Thirteen-year-old Albert Trask is going home to America - on the Titanic! Albert's bossy grandmother is forcing his widowed mother to return from England, where she took her children after their father died. Neither Mother nor Virginia, Albert's spoiled little sister, are very happy about the voyage. But nobody can dampen Albert's enthusiasm about on the biggest, most luxurious ocean liner ever built - not even Emily, a know-it-all girl who thinks the ship doesn't have enough lifeboats. Everyone knows the Titanic is unsinkable!
Albert can't wait to see his friends back home, play baseball, and have fun. But when the Titanic hits and iceberg and begins to sink, he suddenly faces adult decisions. Can he save Virginia's life - and his own?
The sinking of the Titanic, one of the greatest maritime disasters of all time, has fascinated the world for over eighty years. This ripping and fast-paced novel puts human faces on the tragedy as it shows us one boy's valiant passage to manhood.
One thing, though, is that this book is not Christian. It was very clean, however, and totally suitable for Christians. :) The one thing I would complain about would be the characters' lack of optimism and thankfulness. And Ginny (Albert's little sister) is frustrating, but she gets tremendously better in the end.
*Side note: I really liked the fact that Barbara Williams based Albert’s character on an a real boy, whom she read an article about, that wasn’t permitted entrance to a lifeboat because he was considered a man.*