Mission possible: Titanic Photo April 15 @ 2:14 AM


Miss Z was NOT happy when the kids did not come back with a picture of President Lincoln signing the Gettysburg Address. So it took a little convincing for Luke, Julia, David, and Isabel to convince Miss Z to send them to 1912 to get a picture of the RMS Titanic right before she sank. The kids weren't surprised she agreed - Miss Z is a sucker for one-of-a-kind historical photos.

Once aboard the ship, the kids decided they might be able to save some of the passengers? Would anyone believe them? With time running out and lifeboats filling up fast, the Fantastic Four had to find their own way off the ship. Will they go down with the Titanic?

Parent Perspective:
Dan Gutman is a master at time travel stories, and this is no exception. There is plenty of factual detail and he pushes kids to think: could/should they try to change history? It probably would have been helpful to read Book 1 first to get a little more detail, but the author makes it easy to jump right in. That said, you will definitely need to read Book 2 before jumping into Book 3 because it is a cliffhanger.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers will be spellbound not just by the adventure but by all of the facts about the Titanic itself. This is the second adventure for our time-traveling preteens.

Content Awareness Factors:


Type of Book:
This is the second adventure for our time-traveling preteens.
Educational Themes:

There is so much to learn and talk about in The Titanic Mission. Looking at the facts woven into the story, ask your reader what they think about how passengers were treated. How would we handle a disaster like that today (still women and children first?)? 

On the fictional side, have them envision what would have happened if Isabel's plan had actually worked. Would it have changed history? Was it right for the kids to take that chance (and disobey Miss Z)?

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
9 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. Fun to read, but not for your permanent library.

Title The Titanic Mission

Flashback Four, Book 2

Author Dan Gutman
Publisher Harpercollins Childrens Books, a Division of HarperCollins Publishing © 2017
ISBN 9780062236357
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Adventure, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, 1900-1919
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