I Survived The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912: The Graphic Novel; Based on the original novel by Lauren Tarshis, adapted by Georgia Ball, artwork by Haus Studio
A fresh, accessible and interesting look at one of the most terrible events in history.
1912. George Calder, along with his little sister Phoebe and their Aunt Daisy, is one of the fortunate few. He is aboard The Titanic, the greatest ship in the world, on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York. The ship is like a floating palace and mischievous George is keen to explore every nook and cranny; the crow’s nest, the engine rooms, the cabins, the staff quarters. On the night of Sunday April 14th, George is off on another one of his adventures when a thunderous, bone-shuddering noise shatters the quiet night. The Titanic is in trouble, as are all the people on board. Could the unthinkable happen to the unsinkable ship? Will trouble-dodging George survive this nightmare…
Lauren Tarshis’ best-selling I Survived story of the same name gets the graphic novel treatment that brings all of the fear, confusion and panic of one fateful night when the world’s most impressive ship struck an iceberg and sank. Whilst this is loosely based on actual events it is a fictionalised historical retelling but that doesn’t detract from what is a thrilling and tension-filled read with the most tragic of endings.
Fans of the original I Survived series and graphic novel lovers are in for an absolute treat that highlights key events, includes facts about the ship and name-checks notable personnel. In a fast-paced narrative, excitement and wonder quickly give way to horror and self-preservation as events take a dramatic turn and the sheer dread and realisation of what is happening confronts those on board.
Whilst George and the rest of his travelling party have a happy ending, many on the ship did not and this is lightly touched upon in the aftermath. What is highlighted and particularly pertinent are the struggles and anxieties that George has after the ordeal. His life, like many, changed forever, a consequence of what he witnessed and experienced.
Beautifully illustrated and crammed with period details, history and events are vividly brought to life in these pages. Bonus content is rich and varied including mini-bios and stories of people of interest, photographs of the different cabin classes and items salvaged from the wreckage, historical facts and a list of further reading material that may be of interest.
Currently, two of the I Survived original titles have been produced as graphic novels, my hope is that the rest of the series is created in this accessible and engaging way as they offer a brilliant route into historical events for readers who prefer the graphic novel format.
Recommended for 8+.