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Pages: 240

Language: English

Publisher: The O'Brien Press (11 April 2011)

By: Nicola Pierce(Author) Emma Byrne(Illustrator)

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Fifteen-year-old Samuel Scott died while building the Titanic. As the ship sails to her doom, his ghost moves restlessly alongside the passengers and crew: Frederick Fleet: the young look-out who spotted the iceberg and who survived in a life-boat with (the unsinkable) Molly Brown; Howard Hartley Wallace: the heroic band-leader who played ragtime music as the freezing waters lapped at his feet; Harold Bride: the junior radio operator whose messages echoed on, long after the ship had disappeared to its icy grave …


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  • By Meesha on 11 August 2012

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was well written and very informative for young children to learn about the Titanic disaster. The cover is also haunting, it depicts the sinking of the Titanic but there is also the ghostly image of Sam (lead character), imposed over the top, and your eyes are immediately drawn to him. All this is surrounded by a detailed filigree and flowery border, which is quite striking for a young adult book. And the story is different to any fictional account of the sinking I have read so far, with the fact that the ghost of Sam is wandering about the ship.There are a few (minor) quibbles I have about this book though. Some of the dialogue seems a bit forced. Particularly when the author decides to write in specific information (such as the length, tonnage etc) into the dialogue. The author includes in her notes at the back of the book, that she included "actual dialogue". I have my doubts that Captain Smith would have spoken about the length etc so proudly. Bruce Ismay I can see doing this (who strangely enough, does NOT get a mention in this book), but not Captain Smith. There are a couple of other instances, but that is the one that sticks in my mind. Perhaps he did, it just seems very forced, rather than including that information in the narrative.I loved the character of Sam, but did find it very strange as to how he died. It seemed to be very rushed, and almost a non event. I can't think how else to describe it. How did he come to die? It all seemed to be linked in with the impending disaster, what with the dogs barking and seeing a lot of people who aren't there, but it didn't seem right. That was my other quibble. I loved how there is an actual Sam Joseph Scott who is buried in an unmarked grave in Belfast Cemetery, and would have been of the correct age to be working on the Titanic. His grave now plays a part in the official tour of the cemetery (someone get me to Belfast now!) and the tour guide, Tom Hartley, also has a book Written in Stone: The History of Belfast City Cemetery about his cemetery tour, which I also need.The supporting cast were also superbly written, although I did find it a bit strange that Bruce Ismay wasn't included. He seems to play a big part (as he did in the disaster) in the fictional books I've read to date, so I automatically expected him to crop up. There is a lot of focus on Thomas Andrews, Charles Joughin (including a funny scene between him and a spider - I dare you to get the image of a spider drying off with a towel out of your head after reading this!) and Captain Smith, and also Frederick Fleet is featured in a really sad scene.This definitely has to be one of my favourite young adult books about the Titanic. It is a very quick read and readers like myself will be left wanting more. I can imagine children will enjoy it as well, but being on the wrong side of 25, and no children to read it to, I will just enjoy it myself.

  • By Mary Lane on 10 August 2017

    Brilliant - is quite literally about a "spirit of the titanic" - boy died during building of it, then haunted it during it's maiden (and only) voyage. Happy ending - a must for a kids' book

  • By vAL on 5 May 2017

    loved it lost orriginal book due to house move

  • By Mr. Barry Synnott on 20 July 2011

    Both my ten year old son and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book together. It is a wonderful story of a boy who dies whilst working on the construction of the Titanic but his spirit returns to haunt the ship during it's completion and maiden voyage. He describes in detail how the passengers and crew react during the last moments of the tragedy and it reminds the reader of the dedication of the White Star staff who carried out their duties on board until the last moment to ensure that as many passengers as possible could be saved.I have decided to write this review not just to praise the gripping narrative of a spectacular event but as I have just read that because of this book a plaque is to be placed on the unmarked grave of Samuel Scott, he being a young man who died in 1910 during the building of the Titanic, and who the author, Nicola Pierce used as the protagonist of the novel.Next year will be the one hundredth anniversary of the Titanic tragedy and this book is an excellent introduction to young readers of a renowned historical event. All praise to the author of "Spirit of the Titanic" for an informative, imaginative and skillful twist on an already intriguing tale.Barry Synnott

  • By Parents in Touch on 13 March 2011

    The story of The Titanic has an enduring fascination for young and old alike, and interest is bound to peak as we approach the centenary of the disaster. This novel, ideal for 10+, tells the story of Sam, a real boy who died during the construction of the ill-fated ship. He comes back as a ghost on the voyage. and becomes involved in the lives of Jim and his family, as well as others on board ship. You really feel you are on board with Sam as he tells his story and you share in the excitement and the horror. Compelling written, this book really draws the reader in and is a fresh approach to a familiar story. It makes excellent background reading to historical studies.

  • By Lisa Redmond on 10 November 2011

    There are many books about the Titanic but this book is unique in that it takes as it's starting point not 14th April 1912 but 20th April 1910 because that was when Titanic claimed it's first victim Samuel Joseph Scott a fifteen year old boy who worked on the ship at the Harland and Wolff shipyard. Samuel roams the ship as a ghost, witness to the glamour of first class and the hard work below decks. The book features a cast of both real and imagined characters including Frederick Fleet; the young lookout who spotted the iceberg, Harold Bride; the radio operator, the brave band leader and of course Captain Edward John Smith. I admit I approached this book with trepidation, I have had a lifelong fascination with Titanic and reading anything about those that perished makes me weep. I even cry reading the wiki entry. I wondered how on earth a writer would be able to create a novel which deals with such a tragic event and make it not only suitable but an enjoyable read for the 10+ age group. In this her first novel for children Nicola Pierce has done just that and her tale is compelling, even though we all know the ending the narrative is utterly engrossing. I admit I laughed I cried and I stayed up way past my usual bedtime in order to finish this poignant and beautifully written book. This is one not to be missed.

  • By Guest on 9 May 2017

    I loved the character Sam but when he was on the boat someone heard footsteps how is that ghosts can't make a sound of feel

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