The Mystery of the Titanic: A Historical Investigation for Kids (Paperback)

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Uncover the secrets of the Titanic in this fascinating exploration for kids 8 to 12

If you’re interested in the incredible story of the R.M.S. Titanic, this book helps you dive even deeper. Start with the details that explain why the ship was so famous even before it sank, then discover the secrets that are still resting at the bottom of the ocean today.

Become an investigator as you dig into mysteries like why it took so long for help to arrive while the Titanic was sinking and what made it so difficult for scientists to find the wreckage. As you sail through the story, watch out for the detective figure who pops up every time there is a clue on the page that will help you solve the mystery of the Titanic.
  • Experience life at sea—Read the true stories of the ship’s passengers, and learn where they slept, what they ate, and even what they did for fun while onboard.
  • Uncover the truth—Photos, illustrations, and diagrams help you explore the scientific techniques that researchers used to locate the wreck of the Titanic and reconstruct what happened to it.
  • Form your own hypothesis—Determine if different factors like the weather, the ship’s construction, and poor communication among the crew could have contributed to the fatal voyage.

Immerse yourself in the history and science behind the famous story of the Titanic.

About the Author

KELLY MILNER HALLS has written five books about World War II for young readers. She believes if we learn the lessons of the worst war in history, we may be able to prevent a similar event from happening again. Find out more about Kelly at

Praise For…

“From the immediacy of the opening paragraph, readers enter into the world of the luxurious ship, the Titanic. Details bring that fateful voyage to life. Rather than details out of context, they are effortlessly woven into the narrative. Photos, diagrams, documents, glossary, and bibliography will provide a deep dive for readers. The layout and format also will serve as a model for writing.” —Teri S. Lesesne, distinguished professor of library science

“Secret fires, ping pong balls, and inaccessible binoculars? Kelly Milner Halls covers the story of the Titanic you know with the details you didn't and sets up a first-rate mystery for kids in the process.” —Elizabeth Byrd, Publishers Weekly columnist

“Kelly Milner Halls takes readers on an intimate behind-the-scenes tour of the Titanic. From the conflicts among people tasked to design and build her, to the flaws that lead to her demise, this well-researched history will keep you on the edge of your seat.” —Christine Taylor-Butler, award-winning author of children's nonfiction

“Kudos to author Kelly Milner Halls for telling an oft-told story, the wreck of the Titanic, in an engaging and creative way. By teasing out the mysteries around why and how the ship sank, Halls has crafted a gripping nonfiction tale for young readers. Was it cost-cutting on rivets or a coal fire that weakened the hull where the iceberg struck? Was the ship going too fast, or did a thermal inversion caused by warm and cold currents colliding make it hard to see the obstacle? One thing is for sure: young readers with a taste for disaster (and mysteries) will gobble this book right up.” —Bruce Hale, author of Clark the Shark

Product Details
ISBN: 9781647398774
ISBN-10: 1647398770
Publisher: Rockridge Press
Publication Date: March 9th, 2021
Pages: 116
Language: English