Flashback Four #2: The Titanic Mission

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Book Information
Rating: Significant Shortcomings
Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Dan Gutman
Publisher: HarperCollins
Year: 2017
ISBN: 9780062236357
Pages: 225

Miss Z the billionaire has created a curious contraption that can send people into past moments in history. Miss Z has chosen four kids to be her guinea pigs. These kids are Luke, Julia, David, and Isabel, and their current mission is a quite tricky one. Miss Z wants to send them back in time to 1912 to capture an epic photo of the Titanic as it's actually sinking. The fearless foursome makes it to the doomed ship in one piece, but their challenge is to make it back to the present day safely and with that one-of-a-kind picture.

This book is categorized for ages eight through twelve, but it is not completely appropriate for that age group. There are many controversial subjects in this book, including gay marriage and racial equality. There are instances of stealing, lying to parents, and inappropriate exposure between young males and females. All of these instances make this book less than ideal for the target audience. The history lesson in this book is important, but once again is not quite right for the audience because it contains too much violence and peril for young readers. When compared to books that are similar, this book misses the mark.

*Contains mild violence.