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March 11, 2012
Renae Ault - Children’s Librarian, Salem Public Library , Salem News

April 15, 2012, marks the 100th anniversary of one of the most tragic, deadliest, and fascinating maritime disasters in history: the sinking of the RMS Titanic. The ruins of the then-largest ocean liner to ever be built have been sitting at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean for 100 years but the stories of her greatness, her luxury, and her death continue to compel audiences even today. The year leading up to this monumental anniversary has seen a large influx of children's books, non-fiction and fiction, about the great ship.

"Titanic Sinks!" by Barry Denenberg is a large, beautiful book full of primary source information. Every page has photographs and the majority of the text is formed from newspaper articles, journal entries from the captain, telegrams, and interviews with survivors. It's an amazing glimpse into writings about the ship, the people on board, and those involved with her creation, operation, and sinking. Peter Benoit's "The Titanic Disaster" is much more straightforward and presents the facts of the ship, its maiden voyage, and its sinking clearly and precisely. Where "Titanic Sinks" is a romantic journey back to the days of the horrible tragedy, "The Titanic Disaster" explores the incident from a modern point of view and discusses the press coverage, entertainment industry and exploration of the ruins.

Several authors have penned fictional tales about the people on that ship the night it sank. "Dangerous Waters: an Adventure on the Titanic" by Gregory Mone tells the tale of a 12 year old boy who anticipates the adventure of a lifetime when his father gets him a job as a steward. Mystery, intrigue, and the ultimate battle for survival fill the pages of this historical fiction. Gordon Korman has long been popular as a writer of adventure stories for young readers and he hits a home run with his new Titanic Trilogy. "Unsinkable," "Collision Course" and "S.O.S." tell the story of four children on the ship. A stowaway, a criminal, a wealthy girl with a mad father, and one with a dark secret come together in a fast-paced mystery set aboard the ocean liner. "Can You Survive the Titanic" by Allison Lassieur puts the readers in the position of a 12 year old boy working on the ship. This chose-your-own-adventure style book allows the reader to decide what actions they should take next as the character faces the irony of the unsinkable Titanic sinking.

If you have Titanic fever or just want to learn more about it, call 330-332-0042, visit our website or stop by to put one of these or other titles on reserve.



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