‘That calm, sunny day is one I’ll always remember ... because the twentieth of April, in the year 1910, was the day I, Samuel Joseph Scott, died.’ Fifteen-year-old Sam plunges to his death whilst building his beloved Titanic. Now as the greatest ship the world has ever seen crosses the Atlantic Ocean, Sam finds himself on board – as a ghost. His spirit roams the ship, from the glamour of first class to the party atmosphere of third class. Sam shares the excitement of Jim, Isobel and their children - on their way to a new life in America. Disaster strikes when Titanic hits an iceberg. As Titanic sinks to her icy grave, Jim and his family are trapped behind locked gates … Can Sam’s spirit reach out to save them?
This is story of the new and beautiful children’s novel by Irish writer Nicola Pierce, published by O’Brien Press. ‘This breathtaking book takes you on the deck of the Titanic with its amazing descriptive language describing every scene from top to bottom... Every chapter gets more and more exciting and as soon as you start reading your eyes will immediately be glued to the book.’ Guardian Children’s Books Online.
“2012 is the 100th anniversary of the titanic and is already a very hot topic with preparations for the anniversary in full swing. However, at any time, the story of the titanic seems to fascinate everyone, young and old. Tipperary libraries decided to invite Nicola to tour eight of our libraries in Tipperary for Children’s Book Festival 2011 in case she is unavailable next year. We wanted to get the children excited about it now so the schools can use this momentum to keep the children reading about it for the build up to the anniversary. “ Emer O’Brien, Senior Executive Librarian, Tipperary Libraries.
Nicola completed an intense five day tour from the 10th October. She gave fifteen talks in eight libraries to over 750 children. “The reaction was amazing, The children were brilliant and had so many questions. Luckily the libraries and the schools worked hard to get the children prepared”, said Nicola. Nicola’s talk was so interesting and she used great visual props. Her talks really had everything, she knew her subject inside out, she knew the facts and figures but she also brought it alive with the emotional human stories she retold. The children were fascinated, I never saw so many children so engaged with an author.” Ann Marie Mullins, Clonmel Library.
Library Staff and teachers agreed that this was one of the best author visits in recent memory and that the children were captivated by the books content and Nicola’s delivery.
Tallaght-born Nicola Pierce is a writer, who splits her life between Drogheda and Belfast. Spirit of the Titanic is her first novel for children, but she has also ghost-written many novels, including Mother from Hell and the forthcoming book I was a Boy in Belsen.
Children’s Book Festival is celebrated each year across all the libraries in Tipperary giving thousands of children an opportunity to meet an author or engage in some book or reading related activity. This year well know author Judi Curtain is also doing six workshops in four libraries and the National Print Museum are providing seven workshops in four other libraries during the week of the 17th October.
See www.tipperarylibraries.ie for details.