This exquisitely illustrated story of quiet bravery tells in rich detail how the little ship Carpathia saved 705 passengers of the Titanic from the icy waters of the North Atlantic.
*2023 Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List*
With the approaching 110-year anniversary of the ship’s sinking, Rescuing Titanic shares a unique connection with the story of the ship; having been written and illustrated by debut Northern Irish artist, Flora Delargy, whose grandfather and great grandfather both worked in the Belfast Shipyards where the Titanic was built.
In the middle of the night, the Carpathia received a distress call from the sinking Titanic. The intrepid little ship heroically changed course and headed straight into the frozen sea to help save as many people as it could. Follow the Carpathia as it risks everything to navigate remote, treacherous ice fields in the dark and come to the rescue of passengers on the world-famous ocean liner.
Along the journey, you will learn all about Morse code, navigation tools, the different roles of the crew, how the ships found each other, and by-the-minute details of exactly what happened on this cold and fateful night.
The illustrations set the scene and take the reader into the frozen eerie night in the North Atlantic. Beautiful full-bleed illustration and vignettes give great detail about how everyone on the ship made their own contribution and showed true bravery.
Rescuing Titanic shows that a glimmer of hope can be found even in great tragedy and that heroes are not always big and mighty, but can also be small and unassuming.
This is the debut book in the Hidden Histories series, which explores with beautiful illustrations and vivid details the untold parts of stories we thought we knew.
About the Author
Flora Delargy is an author and illustrator from Belfast. She has a master’s degree in Children’s Book Illustration from Cambridge School of Art. In 2019, she was selected for the Illustrators Exhibition at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Rescuing Titanic is her debut book for children.
Best Picture Books – ‘[a] visual feast… Delargy brilliantly condenses the history of both vessels and the key characters involved for a junior-age audience. […] exquisite artwork […] A triumphant debut — Delargy's style is as clear and confident as any of the major names simultaneously hitting the shelves.' —The Observer
Best Picture Books – ‘A tour de force – a gripping account [..] told via spare, well-judged text and delicate but powerful illustrations. Vignettes of crew and passengers evoke both individual stories and the scale of the tragedy.'—The Guardian
Best Children's Books - 'I don’t often cry while reading non-fiction, but this powerful story, beautifully told, brought me to tears. A must for fact fans of all ages and already one of my books of the year.'—Irish Examiner
One to Watch – 'Delargy creates a real sense of human drama in her exquisite illustrations and beautifully detailed vignettes, while chronicling the by-the-minute details of what happened on that fateful night.’ —Fiona Noble, The Bookseller Previews
A ‘remarkable debut…celebrating the best of humanity while also sensitively acknowledging the heartbreak and suffering caused on that fateful night.’—Children's Books Ireland
‘Stunning artwork and evocative storytelling combine to show a lesser-told side to the Titanic tragedy.’ —WRD About Books
"Highly recommended for upper junior and lower secondary-aged students as a history book and for anyone over eight as a really enjoyable read.”—The School Librarian
‘Other exceptional nonfiction works came in the form of Flora Delargy’s graphic novel-esque Rescuing Titanic (Wide Eyed), a stunning debut about the supposedly unsinkable liner.’ —The Guardian
‘Packed with fascinating detail, this beautifully illustrated non-fiction book looks at the Titanic disaster from a new angle’—The Week Junior
*2022 Best Children's Books of the Year - History*—Bank Street College of Education