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Titanic: Voices From the Disaster

Titanic: Voices From the Disaster

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by Deborah Hopkinson

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Scheduled to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the TITANIC, a topic that continues to haunt and thrill readers to this day, this book by critically acclaimed author Deborah Hopkinson weaves together the voices and stories of real TITANIC survivors and witnesses to the disaster -- from the stewardess Violet Jessop to Captain Arthur Rostron of


Scheduled to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the TITANIC, a topic that continues to haunt and thrill readers to this day, this book by critically acclaimed author Deborah Hopkinson weaves together the voices and stories of real TITANIC survivors and witnesses to the disaster -- from the stewardess Violet Jessop to Captain Arthur Rostron of the CARPATHIA, who came to the rescue of the sinking ship. Packed with heartstopping action, devastating drama, fascinating historical details, loads of archival photographs on almost every page, and quotes from primary sources, this gripping story, which follows the TITANIC and its passengers from the ship's celebrated launch at Belfast to her cataclysmic icy end, is sure to thrill and move readers.

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Publishers Weekly
Hopkinson puts a human face on the Titanic’s sinking in this riveting nonfiction chronicle of the ship’s collision with an iceberg and the tragic aftermath. She threads together the stories of many passengers and crew members, focusing on a handful of survivors that includes an Argentine-born stewardess, a rambunctious nine-year-old British boy, a science teacher from England, and an American teenager traveling with his parents. The author quotes these four and others freely, their voices forming a deeply intimate account of the tragedy. Hopkinson packs her thoroughly researched story with a wealth of information about the ship itself (this book is an invaluable resource for students), and her portraits of the shipmates are fully realized and often heartbreaking. Chapters detailing the sinking, the scramble for lifeboats, and the harrowing wait for the Carpathia’s arrival are fast-paced and riveting. Photos of the ship, the (purported) iceberg, telegrams sent to and from the Titanic, and of the survivors’ rescue add significant context and amplify the immediacy of the drama. Ages 8–12. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Mar.)
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Praise for Titanic: Voices from the Disaster:

A Sibert Honor Book
A YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist
An ALA Notable Children's Book
An IRA Teacher's Choice
A Kirkus Reviews Best Young Adult Book of the Year
A Horn Book Fanfare Book
A Cybils Award Finalist

"An affecting portrait of human ambition, folly and almost unbearable nobility in the face of death." -- The Wall Street Journal

"A meticulous recounting of the disaster... Hopkinson's reporting is so rich with information that it will be equally fascinating to young readers and adults alike." -- Los Angeles Times

*"Hopkinson knows precisely what's she doing in her coverage of the Titanic disaster... [A] fine book." -- The Horn Book, starred review

*"Fascinating... A thorough and absorbing re-creation of the ill-fated voyage." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

*"Riveting." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

*"An absorbing and richly satisfying read." -- School Library Journal, starred review

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VOYA - Laurie Cavanaugh
A release perfectly timed for the one-hundredth anniversary of the sinking of the giant luxury ocean liner on April 12, 1912, this informative book by an award-winning author about a potentially avoidable disaster made worse by miscommunication, hubris, and accidents presents a factual overview interspersed with just the right amount of personal stories, heroic actions, and tragic detail. While explaining how the disaster unfolded, based on survivors' accounts and historical research, Hopkinson answers readers' most likely questions about exactly what happened on the Titanic's highly publicized maiden voyage to cause the deaths of 1,496 passengers and crew. Readers learn about everything from the original design of the ship to the immediate aftermath of the disaster, the discovery of the sunken wreckage in 1985, and reasons the story continues to hold such fascination for movie makers, historians, and the average person alike. Illustrated with primary source material, such as handwritten letters, typed captain's orders, dinner menus, and (many) black-and-white photographs, this updated account of a well-documented event draws contemporary parallels that the current generation of readers will appreciate, such as a comparison of the personal telegraphic messages that passengers paid to have sent by the ship's wireless operators to text messages sent by vacationers today. This engaging account is likely to be a popular choice for book reports or pleasure reading among students in fifth through seventh grade and may appeal to reluctant older readers as well. Reviewer: Laurie Cavanaugh
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—As the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic approaches, there is a whole new output of books reexamining and updating the information about the tragedy. This one weaves together the memories and writing of the survivors, and what makes it stand out is the intimacy readers feel for the crew and passengers. The story itself hasn't changed, but through Hopkinson's work, young people get to know and care deeply about the people involved. Children, stewards, officers, and passengers from all three class designations are included, and their stories combine to recount the events of that fateful April night. Readers with even a passing knowledge of the Titanic will find themselves drawn into the drama and heartbroken at the inevitable end. Period photographs, artwork, diagrams, and maps appear throughout to illustrate points and help clarify events. Traditionally accepted details about the ship from its construction to its luxurious appointments, are discussed, and some of the controversies that have arisen since the wreck was found, but the real focus here is on the people and the narrative. Students looking for real-life drama will find this an absorbing and richly satisfying read.—Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA
Kirkus Reviews
In what's sure to be a definitive work commemorating the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, Hopkinson offers a well-researched and fascinating account of the disaster. On Monday, April 15th, 1912, the magnificent Titanic sank after striking an iceberg in the North Atlantic. Of the 2,208 people on board, only 712 survived. It's a well-known story, though maybe not to young readers, who, if anything, might have seen the movie. Hopkinson orchestrates a wealth of material here, using a third-person narrative voice to tell the story while incorporating eyewitness accounts of people on the "most luxurious ship the world had ever seen." A huge number of archival photographs and reproductions of telegrams, maps, letters, illustrations, sidebars and even a dinner menu complement the text, yielding a volume as interesting for browsing as for through-reading. The voices include a stewardess, a science teacher, a 9-year-old boy, the ship's designer, the captain and a mother on her way to a new life in America. Best of all is the author's spirit: She encourages readers to think like historians and wonder what it would have been like on the Titanic and imagine each character's story. Fifty pages of backmatter will inform and guide readers who want to know even more. A thorough and absorbing recreation of the ill-fated voyage. (Nonfiction. 8-16)

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DEBORAH HOPKINSON is the acclaimed author of over forty award-winning books.

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Titanic: Voices From the Disaster 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I think it is totally worth the money. You should get it, it has a great story to it. Also lots exhilarating facts and information. Final word- get it!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It helps you understand the terrible event and how many people died.
sbDN More than 1 year ago
Very good information from the people who were on the titanic. Brings you closer to the event and you know the people as real living people.
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Its ok
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This is awsome cause it talk about how the ship sank
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I love the voices of the titanic
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