Published by Wide-Eyed Editions
Summary: On April 10, 1912, the Titanic set sail from Southampton, bound for New York. The next day, the Carpathia left New York, heading for various ports in Europe. A few nights later, just after midnight onboard the Carpathia, 21-year-old radio operator Harold Cottam received a message saying, “Come at once…we have been struck by a ‘berg.” As soon as Captain Arthur Rostron got the message, he turned his ship around and headed full-speed for the Titanic, navigating through iceberg-infested waters to see if he could save anyone. Around 4:00 a.m. the Carpathia reached the lifeboats and started bringing survivors onboard. The heroism didn’t end there, as the ship headed back to New York, with passengers and staff providing food, clothing, and medical care. The Carpathia docked in New York on April 18, where it was greeted by a crowd of 30,000 people. Includes a glossary and lists of sources and further reading. 80 pages; grades 3-7.
Pros: I had pretty much vowed to never read another Titanic book for the rest of my life, but I really enjoyed this one, which focused on the heroism of Captain Rostron and others on board the Carpathia, usually just a footnote in the Titanic tragedy. The illustrations are well-done and really support the text, and there’s lots of interesting information about all things nautical, as well as the historical stuff.
Cons: My Heart Will Go On is now stuck in my head.