Black Dog Books
Keywords: Historical fiction
Published: March, 2012
Reviewer: Donna Clark
Siblings Thomas and Evelyn Gilmore are about to embark on the ill-fated journey to New York on the RMS Titanic. Whilst fictional, this story is based on the facts surrounding this famous voyage.
Thomas is looking forward to the adventure of staring work with his father and Uncle in America, but Evelyn is feeling emotional and does not want to leave her home and friends. She has a bad feeling right from the start about the voyage but tries to put it aside as everyone else around is so excited to be boarding the ship. Life aboard does hold many adventures and they have the opportunity to mix with many others of different backgrounds.
Lawson writes about the lifestyle of the passengers on the ship in great detail, enjoying the total luxuries that no-one had ever experienced before on large cruise liner. Then the unthinkable happens and we all know how the story ends.
This book looks at many issues such as the class system and what life was like in the 1900s as well emigration to a new country and the challenges that entails. It is heart wrenching to read about the limited lifeboats available and the decision that only women and children were only allowed to board.
A great read for middle school students, especially those interested in historical fiction. An added bonus is the factual timeline included at the end of the book.
You can read more about Sue Lawson’s novels on her website: http://www.suelawson.com.au