On a calm April night in 1912, the world's largest ship, Titanic, sank after crashing into an iceberg. On board were wealthy businessmen, movie stars, senior members of governments, and also poor immigrants dreaming of a new life in America. The most expensive cabin cost $80,000.00 in today's dollars!! They all believed the Titanic was "unsinkable," but they were wrong. More than 1,500 people died in the shipwreck.
I can't explain why, (I mean, it's totally sad that all those people died) but I have to admit being fascinated by this story. The ship was just so huge and expensive and nobody thought anything could ever happen to it. They didn't even have enough lifeboats on board to save all the people!
Lately, I've been seeing lots of books about the Titanic disaster, so for this month's book club, instead of just reading one book, I'm going to recommend a few Titanic books. Read one or read them all and tell us which is your fave. . .
Titanic: Unsinkable by Gordon Korman
Paddy is a stowaway, escaping a deadly past. Sophie's mother is delivered to the ship by police - after she and Sophie have been arrested. Juliana's father is an eccentric whose riches can barely hide his madness. And Alfie is hiding a secret that could get him kicked off the ship immediately. The lives of these four passengers will be forever linked with the fate of Titanic. And the farther they get from shore, the more the danger looms. . .
I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic by Lauren Tarshis
Ten-year-old George Calder can't believe his luck—he and his little sister, Phoebe, are on the famous Titanic, crossing the ocean with their Aunt Daisy. The ship is full of exciting places to explore, but when George ventures into the first class storage cabin, a terrible boom shakes the entire boat. Suddenly, water is everywhere, and George's life changes forever. Read an excerpt here.
Dear America: Voyage on the Great Titanic by Ellen Emerson White
When Margaret's orphanage receives a request from an American woman looking for a traveling companion, Margaret's teachers agree that she is the perfect candidate to accompany Mrs. Carstairs on the Titanic. But her journey is thrown into a frozen nightmare when the ship collides with an iceberg. Margaret's diary records the unimaginable drama and anguish only a survivor could comprehend. Read an excerpt here.
Can you imagine what you would have done if you were on the Titanic that night? I'm pretty sure I would have been screaming my head off.
Do you know of any other good Titanic books to add to this list? Let me know in the Comments.
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer