Monday, February 13, 2012
Time Voyage by Steve Brezenoff
Books about the Titanic have always been popular in my school libraries. And as 2012 is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic a new crop of books are being published. Steve Brezenoff, author of Brooklyn Burning for YA's and The Field Trip Mysteries series for elementary schoolers has penned a new series for elementary set. Entitled Return to Titanic, Time Voyage is the first book in this series and thanks to Capstone via Netgalley I was able to read an arc of this first title.
Tucker and his best friend Maya are spending spring break helping Tucker's mom sort through items from the Titanic for a museum exhibit. While handling a boarding pass for passage on the ship they are transported back in time to the day before the voyage begins. Befriending a boy their age named Liam, set to sail on the doomed ship, they attempt to prevent him and his family from embarking.
Brezenoff has written a page turning adventure that is sure to appeal to youngsters. The chapters are short with cliffhanging endings. Each chapter begins with a map showing where the kids are (2012 or 1912) and some other illustrations. Readers will also enjoy the back matter and will be begging for the next 3 books as soon as they are done with this one. Recommended for those interested in the Titanic, fans of time travel and adventure stories grades 2 (strong readers) and up.