Mone, Gregory. Dangerous Waters: An Adventure on the Titanic.
3Q * 2P * M
Mone, Gregory. Dangerous Waters: An Adventure on the Titanic. Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan, 2012. 240p. $16.99. 9781596436732.
The 100-year anniversary of the Titanic disaster is approaching, which means a wave of books on the subject is upon us. Although Gregory Mone has done his research, which he notes in the author's note, the book is lacking a great deal of energy and adventure. The story follows Patrick Waters, a twelve-year-old Irish boy who is quite bright but who would rather use his muscles like his older brother, who is working on the ill-fated ship. Patrick becomes entangled in intrigue involving scholar Harry Widener and an original copy of Sir Francis Bacon's Essaies. While Widener was a real person on the ship, the rest of the story has been created by Mone.
The book is written in earnest, but it has the feel of the Great Illustrated Classics series--it is blocky and over-simplified. It is age-appropriate for middle school readers, but the tone gets bleaker toward the end, which is only natural given the inevitable. It might be a little heavy for younger readers. The book is too light for mature readers and too slowly paced for reluctant readers, which leaves it as an average read overall.--Kate Neff.
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|Publication:||Voice of Youth Advocates|
|Article Type:||Book review|
|Date:||Feb 1, 2012|
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