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Dear America: Voyage on the Great Titanic

by Ellen Emerson White
In her diary, 13-year-old Margaret Ann describes her voyage on the infamous Titanic! 191 pages, Ages 8-12

Item Number: 630
Category:Longer Fiction in Contracted Braille (in EBAE)

Price: $18.50
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5Londoner, Margaret Ann, is living in an orphanage. The Sisters who run the orphanage give Margaret Ann the amazing opportunity to go on the Titanic. She is employed as a traveling companion for Evelyn Carstairs, a wealthy American. 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. She's not altogether thrilled with Mrs. Carstairs even though the woman is relatively undemanding. Margaret is mostly 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 and timeline help bring this story to life. It demonstrate the terror of that night. I have read many books in the Dear America series, but this story is told so compellingly by the author that I found it difficult to believe Margaret Ann didn't really travel on the RMS Titanic on that fateful voyage in 1912.
2011-08-11

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