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A masterpiece. Wolf leaves no emotion unplumbed, no area of research uninvestigated, and his voices are so authentic they hurt. Everyone should read it.
—Booklist (starred review)

Wolf constructs a richly textured novel in verse that recreates the Titanic's ill-fated journey, predominantly through the voices of her passengers... Wolf's carefully crafted characters evolve as the voyage slides to its icy conclusion; readers may be surprised by the potency of the final impact.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Twenty-four voices-of passengers, rats and even the iceberg-evoke the human tragedy of the ill-fated voyage. Wolf brings the history and, more importantly, the human scale of the event to life by giving voice to the players themselves . . . A lyrical, monumental work of fact and imagination that reads like an oral history revved up by the drama of the event.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Wolf's novel in verse gives voice, through first-person accounts, to a cross section of passengers and crew on the Titanic: how they boarded, why they're there, and how they face the disaster. . . . The themes of natural disaster, technology, social class, survival, and death all play out here.
—The Horn Book (starred review)

About the Author

Allan Wolf, an expert poet and storyteller, is the author of the award-winning novels NEW FOUND LAND:LEWIS AND CLARK'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY and ZANE'S TRACE. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (March 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076366331X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763663315
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Allan Wolf is an award-winning children's and young adult novelist, poet, educator, and performer. His novels told in verse include New Found Land: Lewis and Clark's Voyage of Discovery and Zane's Trace. His poetry books include Immersed in Verse, The Blood-Hungry Spleen and Other Poems about our Parts, and More Than Friends: Poems From Him and Her. Allan is former Educational Director for Poetry Alive!, a national touring company that presents theatrical poetry shows for all ages. He lives in Asheville with his wife and three children and can recite hundreds of poems from memory.
http://www.allanwolf.com

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This is an anthology telling the stories of 21 people an iceberg, a ship rat, and a Wireless man aboard Carpathia.... Now you may be asking yourself why would that be interesting? Well because the people and the ship rat are all passengers aboard the RMS Titanic, the iceberg well....it is just waiting for a disaster. The last and finally person that most forget about is the Undertaker who's job it is to clean up the sea.

Olaus Abelseth (The Immigrant) Olaus is on his way to America in the hopes of starting a good life for his love back home so she may come over and live with him like they always planned.

Thomas Andrews (The Shipbuilder) Thomas has finally built the perfect ship for speed as well as elegance.

John Jacob Astor (The Millionaire) John is on his way to America with his pregnant wife who is young enough to be his daughter. The two have created quite a scandal.

Joseph Boxhall (The Navigator) Joseph is the man you want to help navigate the high seas.

George Brereton ( The Gambler) George looks at every place he goes as a chance to make money and Titanic is no different. With a secret identity in hand George hopes to make a fortune on this voyage.

Harold Bride (The Spark) New technology is always amazing and it still shocks Harold how quickly messages can pass from ship to ship with the use of Morse Code.

Margaret Brown (The Socialite) The unsinkable Molly Brown is now know around the world but at the time she was just an intimidating woman who was newer to the life of the rich.

Eugene Daly (The Bagpiper) Eugene has the pleasure of being the life of the 3rd class party by bring music.

Frederick Fleet (The Lookout) Most don't notice Frederick above them all but his is a most important job.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mdaros on July 20, 2013
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Ignore it's 'Young adult" genre! This book is fabulously written in beautiful prose! A treasure from a very talented author! I could not put it down! Not your typical 'Titantic' book! It's more!!! Must read!
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I applaud the author for doing a fantastic job capturing the voices of twenty-four real live people and giving them dignified voices to tell their individual stories. This was a very thoughtful and highly creative work. I cried--the story of the Titanic will always be a sad one, no matter how many times it's told and no matter how it's told--yet, I cried more personally with this one. The experience of loss was more personal and personally felt. And the sense that I lost someone that I sort of came to know and to truly sympathize with was stronger here. Great job done in making the Titanic story still a modern story and a very much human one.
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By Hope on December 19, 2013
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The watch that ends the night hits fictional and nonfictional characters and relays their possible stories from the Titanic. The stories of lives saved and lost become more personal and provides a new point of view when retelling the Titanic. Ignore the genre "young adult", if you enjoy historical fiction, you'll enjoy this book no doubt.
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