I read this one with my 8-year old son. He enjoyed it mostly because of his fascination with the Titanic. He was a little nervous for George at times. But I also think he could identify with George. George is a clever boy and enjoys talking to adults. He is thrilled when he gets to talk to Mr. Andrews, the ship's designer. He spends a lot of time exploring the ship and meets some interesting people. George's curiosity and amazing memory may be what helps him survive the disaster.