Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Summary: Mutt is heartbroken when his owner, Alice, and her father leave for a journey to America. He manages to follow them to the dock where they are boarding the Titanic. With the help of a rat named King Leon, he manages to sneak aboard and begin his search for Alice. Meanwhile, Clara, the captain’s cat, discovers three kitten stowaways and reluctantly becomes their guardian. When the ship begins to go down, it’s up to Clara and Mutt to save the kittens, Alice, and maybe themselves. Includes a 5-page author’s note; a timeline of the Titanic’s voyage; additional information about the ship and the animals that were on board; and animal facts. 224 pages; grades 3-5.
Pros: The story of the Titanic from the point of view of a cat or a dog? This will undoubtedly be a big hit with the upper elementary crowd, and they will be eagerly anticipating book 2 which features the sled dogs that traveled with Ernest Shackleton to Antarctica. Try this out on fans of I Survived and Ranger in Time.
Cons: I feel as though I have read and watched enough Titanic accounts for this lifetime.