Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The UnResolved, by T.K. Welsh

This is a quick read that provides a wonderful look at New York in 1904.  The story fleshes out the biggest disaster in New York prior to 9/11.  Readers will come to understand German and European Jewish immigrants and many of the safety issues that have led to present-day rules and regulations.

The story is told from the point of view of a ghost.  Mallory Meer died in the General Slocum steamship disaster.  Through her narration the events and characters involved are gradually revealed.  Readers will find this a compelling mystery and vivid description of daily life in early industrialized America.  It is a quick read that can easily supplement units on the time period.  Students who enjoy CSI and other crime/forensic shows may particularly enjoy the plot.

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