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I Survived Chapter Books and Graphic Novels | Book Series Review

The Children’s Book Review | February 11, 2019

If you’re looking for a set of books to hook a newly independent reader or a reluctant reader, look no further than the New York Times bestselling I Survived chapter book (and now graphic novel) series!

Kids in the 8- to 12-year-old age range have typically been sheltered from most catastrophes. In this series, bestselling author Lauren Tarshis trusts their maturity and opens readers’ minds by delivering their world to them in a way they’ve likely never heard of before. More importantly, they get a view of the world through the eyes of a kid who has lived to tell the tale from a terrifying and thrilling part of history. These stories are inspiring and teach resilience and bravery, as the protagonists endure and survive unimaginable disasters; such as the sinking of the Titanic, the September 11 attacks, the battle of D-Day, the eruptions of Mount St Helens and Vesuvius (Pompeii), the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and Hurricane Katrina. Don’t be alarmed by the topics (although you know your children best); Tarshis is known for her ability to deliver these stories with warmth. Each book is well researched and combines creative storytelling with historical facts—the graphic novel versions bring the high-action to life with full-color illustrations.

Kids are often drawn to stories built on truth, and, time-after-time, we’ve heard how this series has turned a non-reader into a self-proclaimed reader. The historical fiction genre lures them in and the action keeps the kids turning-pages!

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I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 (I Survived Graphic Novel #1)

Written by Lauren Tarshis

Illustrated by Haus Studio

Publisher’s Synopsis: Ten-year-old George Calder can’t wait to explore every inch of the Titanic, even if his little sister, Phoebe, has to tag along. But when George sneaks away without her and ventures into the first class baggage room, a terrible boom shakes the entire boat. Suddenly, water is everywhere, and George’s life changes forever…

Lauren Tarshis’s New York Times bestselling I Survived series takes on vivid new life in full-color graphic novel editions. Perfect for readers who prefer the graphic novel format, or for existing fans of the I Survived chapter book series, these graphic novels combine historical facts with high-action storytelling that’s sure to keep any reader turning the pages.

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Ages 8-12 | Publisher: Graphix | February 4, 2020 | ISBN-13: 978-1338120929

The I Survived chapter book and graphic novel series, by Lauren Tarshis, was reviewed by Bianca Schulze. Discover more books like the I Survived series by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with , , , , , and .

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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