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ON BOARD THE TITANIC by Shelley Tanaka

ON BOARD THE TITANIC

By Shelley Tanaka (Author) , Ken Marschall (Illustrator)

Age Range: 9 - 11

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-7868-0283-9
Publisher: Hyperion

 In this work subtitled ``What It Was Like When the Great Liner Sank,'' the powerful, detailed, and realistic paintings by Marschall will enthrall readers and draw them into the mystery of the famous ocean liner's fate. In this I Was There book, Tanaka (The Disaster of the Hindenburg, 1993, not reviewed, etc.) tells the story from the point of view of two young men aboard the Titanic: Jack Thayer, a wealthy 17-year-old, and Harold Bride, a junior wireless operator. The details are many and interesting: the historic photos; the accurate drawing of a cross-section of the ship; an explanation of Morse code; a discussion of the number of lifeboats aboard; a diagram of who died and who was saved (the greatest number of those who drowned were third-class passengers and crew members); the number of dogs that survived (2). The book will more than satisfy those for whom this voyage is an apparently unlimited source of fascination. (Nonfiction. 9-11)