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Children of the Titanic

by Christine Welldon

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post-confederation (1867-)
list price: $14.95
edition:Paperback
published: 2012
ISBN:9781551098920
publisher: Nimbus Publishing
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Children of the Titanic

Bringing to life the sights and sounds of the Titanic from a child’s perspective, the author takes young readers on a tour of the plush first and second class staterooms, the gymnasium, swimming pool, library and French café, as well as the humble accommodations in third class. We meet three children as they get settled in their rooms and witness their experiences on the night of the Titanic’s sinking, as well as their arrival in New York on the rescue ship.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Spring, 2012.

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On April 10, 1912, the Titanic departed Southampton, England, on its first voyage across the Atlantic, carrying 2,240 passengers, 109 of them children. Introducing young readers to the ship that couldn’t sink, Children of the Titanic follows three children—Beth Cook, age six, travelling third class; Charlotte Murphy, age eight, second class; and John Crosby, age eleven, first class. We meet them as they board and get settled in their rooms in different parts of the vessel, witness their experience of the gripping sequence of events early in the morning of April 15, and see their eventual arrival in New York on the rescue ship Carpathia.

Bringing to life the sights and sounds of the ship from a child’s perspective, author Christine Welldon tours young readers through the plush first- and second-class staterooms, the gymnasium, swimming pool, library, and French café, as well as the humbler accommodations in third class.

The book includes over 40 photographs, highlighted glossary terms, and sidebars on aspects of shipbuilding, early twentieth-century life, and the events of April 15, 1912.

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Contributor notes

Christine Welldon is the author of nine children's books, including Reporter in Disguise, The Children of Africville, and Lifelines: The Lanier Phillips Story. She has been nominated for the Golden Oak Award, the Amelia Bloomer Award for recommended feminist literature for children, and twice nominated for the Hackmatack Children's Choice Award. She divides her time between Lunenburg and Toronto.

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