Free Book Friday!

Congratulations to Cristin Caruso! She is the winner of last week’s Free Book Friday and is the proud new owner of What to Expect When You’re Expecting Joeys: A Guide for Marsupial Parents (and Curious Kids); Not a Buzz to Be Found: Insects in Winter; and The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs: A Scientific Mystery!

This week, two lucky winners will receive copies of Iceberg, Right Ahead!: The Tragedy of the Titanic by Stephanie Sammartino McPherson.

Seventy-three years separate the two major Titanic events—the 1912 sinking of the vessel and the dramatic 1985 discovery of the wreck by Robert Ballard. But additional stories about the victims, survivors, rescuers, reporters, investigators, and many others show the far-reaching effects this tragedy had on society. Award-winning author Stephanie Sammartino McPherson has collected numerous personal accounts of the event, including the knighted man who spent the rest of his life in seclusion because he was accused of dishonorable behavior in a lifeboat, the stewardess who survived two shipwrecks and a mid-ocean collision, and the New York Times executive who sent multiple reporters to meet the rescue ship, thus earning a national reputation for his newspaper. She also links the Titanic tragedy to changes in regulations worldwide. After a Senate Inquiry and a British trial attempted to assign blame for the disaster, new laws on ship safety were put in place. A group of nations also banded together to form an ice patrol, eventually leading to the formation of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Even the most avid Titanic fans will learn something new as McPherson brings the reader up to date on the politics and intrigue still surrounding the wreck—including what modern science can reveal about what really happened to the ship and who was at fault. Prepare to follow the never-ending story of the Titanic into its second century.

To win a copy of Iceberg, Right Ahead!, please leave a comment below or Tweet the following line: “I’m honoring the 100th Anniversary of the Titanic tragedy with @lernerbooks. RT to win Iceberg, Right Ahead!” The winner will be announced right here on the blog during next week’s Free Book Friday!

Good luck!

9 thoughts on “Free Book Friday!

  1. Heidi Grange

    The Titanic disaster is a perennial favorite with many students and I confess with myself. I am fascinated by the many different ways that people react when faced with disaster.

  2. Cristin Caruso

    The Titanic is a HUGE high interest topic for my fifth graders. Any books we have, they devour instantly! We are also currently studying non-fiction with my reading class and this would be an amazing example of it!

  3. Leda

    I love anything about 1912. Shortly before the Titanic, there was another tragedy dealing with ice: The Niagara Falls Ice Bridge that broke loose from its shores and took three people to their death in the whirlpool, Feb. 4, 1912. I am writing a graphic novel about the young hero Burrell Hecock who lost his life trying to save others.

  4. Caitlin Hayes

    I teach 5th grade and the students are highly interested in the Titanic. This would be a great non-fiction book to add to our classroom library, as we are currently studying Expository Texts in reading!

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