The story opens on the fateful night of April 14, 1912, when a lookout on the Titanic calls the bridge to report, “Iceberg, right ahead!” A few hours later, the ship rests at the bottom of the ocean and about two-thirds of those aboard have died. Hugely informative, this large-format volume discusses matters such as the planning and building of the enormous ship, the fanfare surrounding its maiden voyage, ice in the North Atlantic, communications with other ships, and the reactions of passengers and crew during and after the catastrophe. Sidebars spotlight individuals on board and carry information related to the story. The final chapters look at later explorations of the sunken ship as well as representations of the event in art, literature, and film. Back matter includes a time line, a glossary, source notes, a selected bibliography, and lists of recommended books, websites, and DVDs. Illustrated mainly with period photos, this handsome, clearly written book is a solid resource for the learning about the Titanic 100 years later. Grades 6-10. --Carolyn Phelan
About the Author
Stephanie Sammartino McPherson wrote her first children's story in college. She enjoyed the process so much that she's never stopped writing. A former teacher and freelance newspaper writer, she has written twenty-eight books and numerous magazine stories. She especially enjoys writing about science and the human interest stories behind major discoveries. Her most recent book is a biography of Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web. Stephanie and her husband Richard live in Virginia but also call California home. They are the parents of two grown children.