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Carpe Librum

Reviews and bookish conversation with author Samantha Wilcoxson.

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Russka: The Novel of Russia
Edward Rutherfurd
The Man Who Could Be King: A Novel
John Ripin Miller
The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears
Mark Batterson
The Poisonwood Bible
Barbara Kingsolver
S.O.S. - Gordon Korman This final installment in Korman's Titanic trilogy is packed with action as it details the sinking. I still think that at this reading level these three short books could have been made into one, but the shorter length, nonstop drama, and attractive covers are well-suited to reluctant readers.

I enjoyed the way Korman included details from eyewitnesses into his account of the sinking. He had some of his fictional characters have experiences that come from actual survivors statements. The confusion, doubts, and eventual panic as the ship sunk is well written, though I'm afraid young readers may be confused by the nautical lingo that is used but never defined.

Each character from the trilogy is brought to a conclusion by the end of the book including what happened later to those who survive the sinking.