I Survived The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 (I Survived Graphic Novel series) #1

5 stars Middle School Graphic Novel

I’m enjoying this series.  There’s nothing like getting some education while reading a graphic novel and if we can get our young readers to pick up this series and read them, they’ll acquire some historical information along with a great story.  With text boxes that are easy to follow, colorful illustrations, and a story that grabs your attention and moves quickly, the I Survived the Sinking of The Titanic, 1912 graphic novel, is a book that you’ll finish once you pick it up. 

The story begins with the sinking of the Titanic and we’re witnesses individuals falling into the Atlantic Ocean.  We hear a few comments from the passengers as they begin to realize what lies ahead for them.  We now flashback to the previous day, nineteen hours earlier, when a young girl and her brother awake inside their cabin.  Their aunt has taken them on this voyage.   Sister is easily entertained but brother likes to have some excitement in his life, hence his ability for trouble to follow him.  Their idea to check out the ship wouldn’t seem like such a bad idea but it’s what happens along the way and the timing of their inquiry that turns their little excursion into something big. I enjoyed the use of the different sized text boxes in this graphic novel and the illustrations.   The illustrator was able to add more details and provide more emphasis by varying the sizes of the text boxes.  The illustration’s attention to detail and the use of color added to the story and helped to create a mood within the story.   The author states that this is more of a historical fiction book with the characters of the book being fictional but the facts about the Titanic being factual.  I thought the story was entertaining and there wasn’t a lot of characters to keep track of.  At the back of the book, the author writes to her readers a personal note pertaining to the book and she also includes various information about the Titanic on a few pages