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Luck of the Titanic

Stacey Lee

8 Reviews

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Historical fiction (Children's / Teenage)

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Downstairs Girl comes the richly imagined story of Valora and Jamie Luck, twin British-Chinese acrobats travelling 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 people 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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Praise for Luck of the Titanic

  • Lee gives life to the young women of the Chinese diaspora, writing them back into the story . . . So rich and focused are [Val's] schemes that as a reader, it's very easy to get caught up in them, and forget that before long, the only thing that will matter is the icy depths of the Atlantic - NPR

  • Lovingly rendered, Val's bittersweet story is one of hope, courage and the fight to survive - Ms. Magazine

  • Historical romance fans will love Luck of the Titanic - Bustle

  • A gem from start to bittersweet finish - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A finely crafted historical exploration of identity, class, and family that resonates through the present - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • With a compassionate, strong heroine and a diverse cast, this is an exciting, important retelling of the Titanic tragedy - School Library Journal (starred review)

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

  • Lee's conversational style adds a freshness to the historical frame and achieves a thrilling balance between hope and anguish through budding romances and humour amid the looming tragedy - Booklist (starred review)

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Stacey Lee

Stacey Lee is the critically acclaimed author of the novels Under a Painted Sky and Outrun the Moon, the winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction. 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.

You can visit Stacey at Or follow her on Twitter @staceyleeauthor.

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