S.O.S. Titanic is about a fifteen year old boy named Barry O’Neill who’s traveling from Ireland to America on the Titanic. He’s in first class while a rival family, the Flynns, is in third class. The book is a great blend of fact and fiction.
I like how the author worked all the facts into the story. Barry meets a man who’s afraid the Titanic will sink after reading the book “Titan,” he finds out that there are only enough lifeboats for half of the people on board, he can’t send out a telegram because the operators are being swamped with messages about icebergs, etc. There is also some social commentary on the way first class passengers were treated versus the way steerage passengers were treated. It’s done in a way that doesn’t come across as blatant fact stating and, since this is a children’s book, it’s a nice way for kids to learn more about the tragedy.
There is a friendship/romance in the book between Barry and a girl from the rival Flynn family, Peegan, sort of become friends and he realizes that he’s falling for her. That’s not the main focus of the story, but it’s more prominent in the second half of the book.
There are a few times while reading this that I felt very sad. I couldn’t imagine what the passengers were thinking and I just wish things had been handled better. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in the Titanic and to anyone who likes a good story. I would read this again.