Luck of the Titanic: Book summary and reviews of Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee

Luck of the Titanic

by Stacey Lee

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Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee
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From the critically-acclaimed author of The Downstairs Girl comes the richly imagined story of Valora and Jamie Luck, twin British-Chinese acrobats traveling aboard the Titanic on its ill-fated maiden voyage.

Valora Luck has two things: a ticket for the biggest and most luxurious ocean liner in the world, and a dream of leaving England behind and making a life for herself as a circus performer in New York. Much to her surprise though, she's turned away at the gangway; apparently, Chinese aren't allowed into America.

But Val has to get on that ship. Her twin brother Jamie, who has spent two long years at sea, is there, as is an influential circus owner, whom Val hopes to audition for. Thankfully, there's not much a trained acrobat like Val can't overcome when she puts her mind to it.

As a stowaway, Val should keep her head down and stay out of sight. But the clock is ticking and she has just seven days as the ship makes its way across the Atlantic to find Jamie, perform for the circus owner, and convince him to help get them both into America.

Then one night the unthinkable happens, and suddenly Val's dreams of a new life are crushed under the weight of the only thing that matters: survival.

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"Lee deftly sketches a compassionate cast and immerses readers in the ship's architecture and socially stratified atmosphere, sustaining suspense throughout by foreshadowing the disaster to come. A finely crafted historical exploration of identity, class, and family that resonates through the present." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Issues of racial and class discrimination are seamlessly woven into the story as Val's adventure takes her through the Titanic's various decks, from a first-class suite to the boiler rooms. Her wit and pluck give the story such buoyancy that when tragedy strikes, it almost comes as a surprise...A gem from start to bittersweet finish." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"[Lee's] writing draws the reader into this 'night to remember'...Devastating." - School Library Connection (starred review)

"Gives readers a picture of the vast differences in the experiences of the classes aboard the ship...Run-ins with various historical figures will receive appreciative nods from kids in the know...Devastating." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"This is the kind of book I absolutely love. Heroism and heartbreaking tragedy, seen through the eyes of those who have been left off the pages of our history books." - Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

"A thrilling historical page-turner. A must-read!" - Melissa de la Cruz, New York Times bestselling author of Alex & Eliza

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Stacey Lee

Stacey Lee is the critically acclaimed author of the novels The Downstairs Girl, Under a Painted Sky, and Outrun the Moon, the winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction and the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. She is a fourth-generation Chinese American and a founding member of We Need Diverse Books. Born in Southern California, she graduated from UCLA and then got her law degree at UC Davis King Hall. She lives with her family outside San Francisco.

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