an excellently researched story … you will be captivated
Mad About Books
'a ghost story with a twist'
'It is a tale which reinforces the idea that Titanic’s wider story is about people ... brings home the terror, sadness and tragedy of the ship’s last moments'
'new and beautiful children’s novel ... The children were fascinated, I never saw so many children so engaged with an author ... the children were captivated by the book’s content and Nicola’s delivery.'
Nationalist & Munster Advertiser
'Little did I know that this book would be gripping, exciting and unimaginably shattering. Towards the end, things picked up a lot, and I realised that this would just get better and better and better.'
Guardian’s Children’s Books
'Unique ... Compelling ...even though we all know the ending the narrative is utterly engrossing ... I admit I laughed, I cried and I stayed up way past my usual bedtime in order to finish this poignant and beautifully written book. This is one not to be missed.'
New Ross Standard
'we guarantee you will not be able to put it down'
Nationalist & Munster Advertiser
'an excellent dramatic adventure story ... this is historical fiction at its best'
'I was captivated by the writing and I couldn’t put it down ... The book is beautifully produced - the cover making it look like an artefact from the time with delicate illustration and patterned design by Dave Hopkins while Emma Byrne reproduces tickets, menus and telegrams throughout the book.'
'It is obviously a challenge to be able to make vivid and compelling a story whose ending we all know but Pierce manages this ... writing is entirely captivating, the detail fascinating and the terror real.'
'an impressive debut ... he world of the yard is well-realised and the stylistic leap of having this character die within the novel’s opening pages is brave and clever'
'It teems with historical characters and is the result of prodigious research into their final fates.'
'A stunning debut from a talented local ... beautifully written, exciting book'
'I certainly shed a tear at the end ... Beautifully handled...beautifully written ...I enjoyed it very, very much.'
BBC Radio Ulster’s Arts Extra
'I'm particularly excited to read Spirit of the Titanic, as I'm really interested in the Titanic and everything to do with it.'
Wondrous ReadsBBC Radio Ulster’s Arts Extra
'I would not mind betting that readers in Northern Ireland having read this story, will make their way to Belfast City Cemetery to see the unmarked grave of one Samuel Joseph Scott, which is part of the official tour. A ghostly Sam is on the cover of ‘his’ story.'
Books for Keeps
'this familiar story does not fail to grip the reader ... The notes (at the end) make the story even more alive, as they tell of the lives, after the rescue, of several of the real life characters in the story.'
Books for Keeps
'This breathtaking book takes you on the deck of the Titanic with its amazing descriptive language describing every scene from top to bottom ... It may make you shed a tear or giggle a little but either way you are sure to thoroughly enjoy the book ... Every chapter gets more and more exciting and as soon as you start reading your eyes will immediately be glued to the book ... I would recommend this book to anybody who enjoys reading a spooky, emotional book and is interested in the fascinating events of 1912. I would rate this book 10/10.'
Guardian Children’s Books Online
'Pierce delivers some masterful narrative which will hold children aged 10 and upwards enthralled, as we were, regardless of our prior knowledge of the ship's fate.'
'Pierce immerses us in the hope, despair and life lessons of Titanic's ill-fated voyage.'
Belfast Telegraph’s Weekend Magazine
'While primarily a book written for children, Spirit of the Titanic is the type of book that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages, especially Titanic fans. A unique take on the enduring tale of the Titanic, this beautifully written story managed to captivate me from start to finish and I’ve since passed it on to my young nephews. Highly recommended!'
'a unique angle on the enduring Titanic story ... a valuable addition to a school Titanic project or for any competent reader who loves historical fiction in general and the Titanic in particular'
'a stocking filler must this Christmas ... captivating'
Sunday Business Post
North West Telegraph
Love it the best book in the world! Soo intresting more books please!
Faithy (age 11) on 12th November 2012
I absolutely adored this book. It makes you feel like you are there with Samuel. Ms Pierce has really given us literary magic!
Finty on 30th March 2012
Thrilling. I loved it
Eve on 17th November 2011
A huge ten out of ten - it was brilliant!
Elev8 on 27th May 2011