Fall '18

Escaping a Sinking Ship

From the Set Great Escapes in History

Engages readers with incredible stories of people who made daring escapes from sinking ships. Thousands of people on board fought for their lives as these ships sank to the depths of the ocean, and only some survived. Additional features include a Fast Facts spread, informative infographics, critical-thinking questions, a phonetic glossary, a selected bibliography, an index, information about the author, and sources for further research.

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  • Fast Facts
  • The RMS Titanic, 1912
  • The RMS Lusitania, 1915
  • The USS Arizona, 1941
  • The Wilhelm Gustloff, 1945
  • Think About It
  • Glossary
  • To Learn More
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Index
  • About the Author
Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Dewey 910.4
Lexile 810
ATOS Reading Level 5.2
Guided Reading Level V
Language English
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Format Reinforced book, Hosted ebook
ISBN 9781503825291, 9781503830103
Copyright 2019, 2019
Number of Pages 32, 32
Dimensions 6.5 x 9, 6.5 x 9
Graphics Full-color photographs, Historical photographs

A noteworthy review of Great Escapes in History from School Library Connection on May 1, 2019

This high interest series will appeal to readers who like to collect interesting facts and learn about unusual circumstances. The nonfiction narrative of Escaping Alcatraz vividly and chronologically describes all the attempted escapes from Alcatraz prison. A section of Fast Facts gives the most important information about the island of Alcatraz, which aid in the reader’s logistical understanding of the escapes. Four escapes from this famous prison are included: The First Escape Attempt (1936), Missing for Days (1943), The Battle of Alcatraz (1946), and the Mystery of Alcatraz (1962). Each chapter highlights the creative ways the prisoners sought to escape. The authentic photographs help the reader better understand the conditions and obstacles of each attempted escape. Though the books have long been closed on the escape attempts, legend lingers that some of the 1962 escapees managed to survive. The text may even inspire readers to visit Alcatraz in San Francisco, which is now a National Park. Also included is a ‘Think About It’ section, ‘To Learn’ section, and a blurb about the author. I particularly like the ‘Think About It’ section for the thought-provoking questions it poses, which can be used to prompt wonderful classroom discussions or essays. Each title presents a fascinating and intriguing look at many different types of escape throughout history. Teachers could use this series as a compare-and-contrast exercise that will surely excite students due to the subject matter. Though the authors are different, each book is formatted exactly the same. Eager and reluctant readers will definitely enjoy this series. Bibliography. Glossary. Index. Table of Contents.

Author: Emily Rose Oachs

Emily Rose Oachs graduated as a member of Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Minnesota with a degree in communication studies. She has authored more than 50 nonfiction books for children and young adults on topics ranging from natural disasters and biomes to geography and history. She lives and writes in Los Angeles.