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Distant Waves: A Novel of the Titanic Booktalk

Five sisters. Five fates. Five unique women, all drawn to the same place, the same time — April, 1912, the Queen of the White Star Line, the unsinkable ship, the Titanic.

  • Grades: 6–8

Five sisters. Five fates. Five paths that they can't leave or change.

It was 1898 and the five sisters were living in Brooklyn. Their mother, Maude Taylor, was a famed psychic who claimed to be able to talk to the dead. Their father had died of smallpox just a month earlier, and their mother had moved all of them into Grandmother Taylor's brownstone, while she tried to figure out what to do. 

During that time, she learned about a town started by spiritualists in upstate New York. That was the first piece of information she needed.

Later that same day, famed inventor Nikola Tesla turned on his newest machine, and New York City was hit by an earthquake. Everything in the world vibrates, Tesla said, at its own frequency. He believed that anything was possible, including talking to ghosts-all he had to know was their vibrational frequency. That was the second piece of information Maude Taylor needed. 

They would move to Spirit Vale and she would become a medium. She'd trained with mediums as a child, and now her gift would be used to support her and her five girls. 

It was a strange life. 

Five sisters. Five fates. Five unique women, all drawn to the same place, the same time. April, 1912, the Queen of the White Star Line, the unsinkable ship, the Titanic.

  • Subjects:
    American History, Social Studies through Literature, Siblings
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