Publication Date: June 2008
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall 2008 Kids' List
“Every ship has a cat for good luck, and the Titanic was no exception. This is a true story about Titanicat and how she saved a young lad's life. The soft, gorgeous illustrations and gentle history lesson combine to educate and entertain readers of all ages.”
-- Joanne Doggart, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Chatham, MA
Young Jim Mulholland can't believe his good luck: He has signed on as a cabin boy to the world's finest ocean liner, the Titanic, and can't wait for the history-making voyage across the sea to America. As part of his duties Jim is in charge of the ship's cat, a beautiful tortoiseshell that also appears happy to be on board. He calls the cat by the ship's construction number, 4-0-1, certain that she will bring him good luck. And he's delighted when 4-0-1 shortly gives birth to a litter of kittens. But once the ship's trial runs are completed and it's ready to launch to sea, Jim notices that 4-0-1 is nowhere to be found. He's got to find her--the Titanic can't cast off without her lucky cat. Jim is faced with a decision that will affect the rest of his life.