Book Reviews of Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady (Dear America)

Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady (Dear America)
Voyage on the Great Titanic The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady - Dear America
Author: Ellen Emerson White
ISBN-13: 9780590962735
ISBN-10: 0590962736
Publication Date: 9/1/1998
Pages: 203
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 123 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 3
I've enjoyed using the dear american series for homeschooling. They give a good background of the times in history.
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Helpful Score: 2
I read this book three times as a kid, it was exciting and I fell in love with the guy in it. Would recommend for 6th grade girls.
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Helpful Score: 1
In her diary in 1912, thirteen-year-old Margaret Ann describes how she leaves her lonely life in a London orphanage to become a companion to a wealthy American woman, sails on the Titanic, and experiences its sinking.
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Very interesting and quick read. This young lady kept a diary and it is written very well as to her experiences from her young life and then of course her first hand account of the sinking of the Titanic. Very good. It certainly affected her life and you felt as though you were there watching what was going on. Such a tragedy!
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great book. makes you think about how the titanic effected and changed everyones lives
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I really enjoyed this book. I love to read anything on the Titanic and I would love for my children to read this when they get a few years older as a way to understand the tragedy of the Titanic.
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Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

No surprises as far as the ending of this book. Yes, the Titanic still sinks. However, the voice of Margaret Ann Brady brings several weeks in April of 1912 to life in a way that grabbed my attention, and I'll admit, even brought a few tears to my eyes at the end.

A twist of fate caused Margaret to be aboard the Titanic for its fateful voyage. After her parents died, her brother left her to be raised by the nuns at an orphanage while he headed to America to find work and a future for the two of them. Margaret always knew that she would someday find a way to leave England to join her brother, but she didn't realize her chance would involve a famous ocean liner.

Margaret is introduced to Mrs. Carstairs, a rich woman from the United States. She is leaving England to return home and is looking for a travel companion. Margaret is perfect for the job, and the job is perfect for her plan to reunite with her brother. Plans are made, and she soon finds herself in the first class quarters aboard the Titanic.

The job is easy. Margaret must be ready to help Mrs. Carstairs dress, dine with her, and walk her tiny dog. The rest of her time is spent exploring and enjoying the fabulous ship. Margaret is fascinated with the elegant dining rooms, the library and writing lounge, and just watching the goings-on around her. An added benefit is a blossoming friendship with Robert, a cabin steward assigned to first class. It's all like a dream come true.

The dream turns into a nightmare when Robert wakes Margaret in the early hours of April 15. He urges her to put on her lifebelt and head to the lifeboats. He emphasizes that it is not a drill but rather a serious situation.

The events that follow have been recounted in books and movies, but Margaret's story will capture the hearts of young readers. Torn between her duty to Mrs. Carstairs, orders from the men to load up the lifeboats, and her fondness for Robert, she nearly becomes one of those lost in the tragic accident.

Author Ellen Emerson White makes her contribution to the DEAR AMERICA series in this riveting account of one of the greatest tragedies of the twentieth century. She makes history come alive, even for those who are less than fond of historical fiction.
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Touching account of being a passenger on the Titanic from a young poor girl who is traveling first glass as a companion to a wealthy American woman. It was captivating and I read it at one sitting. You will enjoy this.
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Awesome book!
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This is a most interesting fictional read from a diary of a thirteen year old girl who boarded the last lifeboat to be launched from the sinking Titanic. She details how she came to be on the ship as a companion to a wealthy American. Her candid portrait and the experience of her survival colored her life forever. She became a dedicated volunteer to help others. Throughout her life, she refuses to speak of the tragedy out of respect for those who died that fateful night. This, her diary, was shared with only a few people. Interestingly, another ship, the California, was only four to five miles from the Titanic's location but never received the distress calls. Ironically, the radio operator had gone to bed.
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I really enjoy these "Dear America" books. They are a nice, light read, no matter what your age. This particular book is about Margaret Ann Brady, a young orphan hired as a traveling companion for a wealthy lady. This allows Margaret to go to the USA so she can be reunited with her brother, who left to make more money in the States to help support them. Margaret gets to travel on the Titanic in first class, and things are wonderful for her during the early days of the trip. She enjoys delicious food, she meets a nice young steward named Robert, and witnesses a lifestyle far removed from what she was used to in the orphanage. But nothing could prepare her for the choices that she would have to make on that fateful "night to remember" when the Titanic hit an iceberg.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It doesn't hurt that I've been fascinated by the story of the Titanic since I was a young girl. This particular book spends more time on how Margaret got to be on the Titanic and what the journey was like before it hit the iceberg, rather than the actual sinking itself. Still, it was a quick and enjoyable read.
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One of my favorites!
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Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

No surprises as far as the ending of this book. Yes, the Titanic still sinks. However, the voice of Margaret Ann Brady brings several weeks in April of 1912 to life in a way that grabbed my attention, and I'll admit, even brought a few tears to my eyes at the end.

A twist of fate caused Margaret to be aboard the Titanic for its fateful voyage. After her parents died, her brother left her to be raised by the nuns at an orphanage while he headed to America to find work and a future for the two of them. Margaret always knew that she would someday find a way to leave England to join her brother, but she didn't realize her chance would involve a famous ocean liner.

Margaret is introduced to Mrs. Carstairs, a rich woman from the United States. She is leaving England to return home and is looking for a travel companion. Margaret is perfect for the job, and the job is perfect for her plan to reunite with her brother. Plans are made, and she soon finds herself in the first class quarters aboard the Titanic.

The job is easy. Margaret must be ready to help Mrs. Carstairs dress, dine with her, and walk her tiny dog. The rest of her time is spent exploring and enjoying the fabulous ship. Margaret is fascinated with the elegant dining rooms, the library and writing lounge, and just watching the goings-on around her. An added benefit is a blossoming friendship with Robert, a cabin steward assigned to first class. It's all like a dream come true.

The dream turns into a nightmare when Robert wakes Margaret in the early hours of April 15. He urges her to put on her lifebelt and head to the lifeboats. He emphasizes that it is not a drill but rather a serious situation.

The events that follow have been recounted in books and movies, but Margaret's story will capture the hearts of young readers. Torn between her duty to Mrs. Carstairs, orders from the men to load up the lifeboats, and her fondness for Robert, she nearly becomes one of those lost in the tragic accident.

Author Ellen Emerson White makes her contribution to the DEAR AMERICA series in this riveting account of one of the greatest tragedies of the twentieth century. She makes history come alive, even for those who are less than fond of historical fiction.
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Margaret Ann has left her life as a poor London orphan to become a companion to a weathly American woman. As she sets sail on the infamous Titanic, only her diary can tell you what happens...
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Beautiful gift book!

Londoner Margaret Ann is living in an orphanage when the Sisters there give her the amazing opportunity to go on the Titanic, employed as a traveling companion for wealthy American Evelyn Carstairs. Since her brother moved to the United States to get a job, Margaret Ann is thrilled for the opportunity to join him there. She believes the United States may give her more opportunities than might be available to an orphan in her native England.

Despite her position in life, Margaret Ann is given an unique opportunity. Though she's not altogether thrilled with Mrs. Carstairs, the woman is relatively undemanding, and Margaret is mostly just in charge of Florence, the woman's dog. Margaret Ann would have been in Third Class if traveling on her own, but her employment gives her the ability to stay in and to explore the First Class area of the Titanic. Despite this, she identifies mostly with the other classes, and befriends a kindly cabin steward named Robert. With the lifeboat rule of "Women and children first," and the fact that Margaret Ann can't swim . . . will she and Robert be reunited after the upcoming tragedy?

In the style of the Dear America books, this is written in the form of a diary. Margaret Ann's personality as it comes through the text is fun, adventurous, and quick-witted. Most of the text focuses on Margaret Ann's plans and preparations for travel, and her exploration of the ship. Only near the end does she write about the tragedy, thus allowing time for me as a reader to identify with her and have an appreciation for the splendor of the "unsinkable ship." I felt horrified for her and close to crying upon finishing the book. The historical notes, timeline, and photos in the back help bring this story to life and demonstrate the terror of that night.
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This was a great book that took you aboard for the fated cruise. Lots of good information and several interesting photos in back of the book. Great for young and old alike.
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Was a good story and will read more of the series.
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Another great Dear America book with some very nice historical pictures of the time.
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Awesome!
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Margaret, a young English orphan whose brother has emigrated to the United States, becomes a companion-maid to a rich woman and sails with her on the fateful Titanic voyage,developing a love interest with Robert, a steward on the ship. In an afterword, the author gives brief details of the fictional Margaret's life in America, and some historical details, with photos and paintings, of England and the United States of the time, and of the ship Titanic.
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Another great Dear America book that take you for a trip on the Titanic. Lots of good pictures and facts are in the back of the book. Quick and easy read.
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I enjoyed this book. Would like to read whole series
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This is a true story from Margaret Ann Brady, a passenger aboad the Titanic.