Scholastic Paperbacks, 2016
The greatest flying machine ever built is about to crash...
For eleven-year-old Hugo Ballard, flying on the Hindenburg is a dream come true. Hugo, his parents, and his four-year-old sister, Gertie, are making the thrilling four-thousand-mile journey across the Atlantic in a zeppelin as big as the Titanic.
But as the zeppelin gets ready to land, a blast rocks the Hindenburg and fire consumes the ship. The entire disaster lasts a mere thirty-two seconds, but in those few seconds, Hugo finds himself separated from his family and in a desperate race to escape the flames. The Hindenburg is doomed. And so, it seems, is Hugo. Will he survive this historic disaster?
The only reasons that I Survived the Hindenburg Disaster, 1937 did not get five stars from me were that the main character (still) wasn’t a girl and the author didn’t explain in the back if the spy storyline was also accurate.
Normally, the back of the I Survived books has more information about what was historical and what was fiction. The Hindenburg Disaster was no different. However, there is a storyline about a spy that I found incredibly interesting, and I wanted to know if it was something that really happened, or something made up to make the book more interesting. It just wasn’t addressed at all, unless I missed something. I did my own research, and couldn’t find any evidence that it was real, unfortunately.
On the other hand, I knew almost nothing about the Hindenburg, so that made this book entertaining anyway. I’m glad Lauren Tarshis decided to write about this event because it was refreshing for me to read about something unfamiliar and kids will learn about a more obscure historical event. I wonder how different travel would be today had the Hindenburg story not ended so tragically.