October 19, 2012

Titanic sinking

Children of the Titanic
by Christine Welldon

Young readers are introduced to the ship that couldn't sink through the eyes of three child passengers - Beth Cook, age six, travelling third class; Charlotte Murphy, age eight, second class; and John Crosby, age eleven, first class. In diary format, we meet them as they board, find their rooms, and experience the gripping sequence of events after the iceberg strike. 

Packed with photographs, the book provides a glimpse into the sights and sounds of the ship, ending with Robert Ballard's discovery of the wreck in 1985.

Welldon manages to instill a lot of facts despite the book's short length; the final moments are made more gripping as a result. Quite good.

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