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Give Me Five books about the Titanic

Lindsay Littleson, author of The Titanic Detective Agency, has helped us to pick some recommended children’s books about the Titanic.

​Lindsay says, “As soon as I began the research for The Titanic Detective Agency I became hooked, and what had been a passing interest became a bit of an obsession. Part of the research involved reading books, both for adults and children, about the Titanic disaster. The children’s novels I’ve chosen for my Top 5 stood out as particularly well researched and engaging reads.”

Tony & Tom Bradman
Chapter book

This exciting adventure story is told from the perspective of a Belfast boy called Billy, whose father is killed during the building of the ship. Billy gets a job as a bellboy aboard Titanic, but then the ship hits an ice-berg…

Michael Morpurgo
 & Michael Foreman
Chapter book

Kaspar, Prince of Cats by Michael Morpurgo tells the story of Johnny Trott, a bellboy at the Savoy, who makes friends with a cat named Kaspar. They have many adventures, including being on board Titanic when it hits the iceberg. This novel is only partially set on Titanic, but the sinking scenes are thrilling and are vividly brought to life by gorgeous illustrations by Michael Foreman.

Lindsay Littleson
Chapter book

All the characters in my novel were real-life passengers and crew on the ship. The setting up of the detective agency by Bertha Watt and Madge Collyer, and The Mystery of the Strange Boy and the Treasure Map, are the only parts of the story which are pure fiction. The other mystery which the detective agency attempts to solve, The Case of the Mysterious Mr Hoffman, is completely factual, and proves that the truth is often stranger than fiction!

Stephen Davies
Non-fiction

Most people have heard the story of the Titanic, yet there will be many who do not know of the involvement of Carpathia; I know I didn’t. The book brings an added dimension to Titanic’s story, remembering and celebrating the efforts of others.

The format of the book makes it very user-friendly; facts and illustrations intertwine to lead the reader through the important information. Specific vocabulary is clearly explained, key crew members are named and celebrated and there is a helpful glossary. One element that was particularly useful was a clock on most pages, showing how the events unfolded over a short period of time.

This book would be an excellent companion to any work around the Titanic. Having the opportunity to explore the history from a different point of view brings an alternative and wider perspective to the historical information already known and would broaden children’s understanding of the event.

Ellen Emerson White
Chapter book

Titanic (My Story) is the story of a young orphan on board the ship. Margaret Anne is thrilled when she is chosen to accompany wealthy Mrs Carstairs to New York. But when the ship begins to sink, Margaret Anne finds herself caught up in a nightmare. This novel takes a wee while to get going, but the night of the disaster scenes are very well done and you may need tissues!

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