Reading/Interest Level: Primary, Intermediate
Author: Mark Dubowksi
Publisher: Penguin Random House
The Titanic is a disaster that fascinates people of every age. When reading Titanic: The Disaster that Shocked the World!, there are many new details that are introduced. For example, the Titanic stopped in Ireland and France before it sank, and newspapers wrote fake articles saying that everyone had been saved from the sinking ship. This book states the events of the famous shipwreck in chronological order using a narrative approach, also including non-fiction text features to provide additional information.
Titanic: The Disaster that Shocked the World! is truly fascinating, especially on a topic many people feel they already know a lot about. The contrast between narrative and expository writing keeps readers engaged. The real pictures from the time period also enhance the text and make the people featured come to life. One of the best pages is where the book shows the different types of accommodations for each class level and how much they all cost. It is astounding to see that the first class suites were comparable to what we would pay today on a cruise, and this was over 100 years ago! This is an excellent informational text that could be enjoyed by a variety of ages.