Saturday, September 17, 2011

Book review: I Am Canada: Deadly Voyage by Hugh Brewster

I Am Canada: Deadly Voyage by Hugh Brewster (Published by Scholastic Canada, September 1, 2011)

After spending two years living in England, fourteen-year-old Jamie Laidlaw and his parents are returning home to Canada as first class passengers on board the maiden voyage of the Titanic. Jamie is happy to be returning home, since he hated his school in England. And he's excited to be travelling on the grandest ship in the world. Jamie makes new friends and has adventures exploring the Titanic, but he also gets himself in trouble with his parents after being found in a restricted area of the ship.

When the Titanic hits an iceberg, Jamie and his family don't believe at first that the ship could possibly be in danger. After all, the Titanic was specially designed with watertight compartments so it wouldn't sink. But soon it becomes clear that the ship is doomed, and Jamie must fight to survive in the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

I love reading historical fiction about the Titanic, so I really enjoyed Deadly Voyage. This book is written in the form of a memoir recorded by Jamie many years later, so we know from the start that he will survive. Jamie and his family are fictional, but most of the other characters are real people that were on the Titanic. I recommend this book to readers who enjoyed other books from the I Am Canada series or who love books about the Titanic, and with the 100th anniversary of the sinking coming up in few months, there is sure to be a lot of interest in the subject.

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