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April 15, 1912: The Day the Titanic Sank

From the Actual Times series

by Don Brown & illustrated by Don Brown

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-59643-222-2
Publisher: Flash Point/Roaring Brook

The Titanic’s fateful maiden voyage receives a riveting review in Brown’s latest work. Passengers’ perilous experiences aboard the doomed vessel, from those traveling in luxury to the third-class guests, unfold as the taut writing exposes the floundering attempts to save the passengers, punctuated by quotations from survivors. Double-page spreads capture the turmoil; thin lines and darkened eyes depict the mass terror even as the expressive watercolors build to the waves’ crashing climax. Clear and accessible language describes the controversy surrounding the sinking and the alarming number of lower-class casualties. “For no reason other than the stubborn notion that the poor shouldn’t mix with the rich, not even in the face of calamity, they had been kept below.” In a companion title, Let It Begin Here (ISBN: 978-1-59643-221-5), the events leading to the American Revolution and the monumental milestones of this tumultuous period are captured. Both books include bibliographies, but there is no specific documentation for quoted material. These suspenseful and fast-paced nonfiction selections provide arresting snapshots of history. (Nonfiction. 8-12)