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Titanic: Voices From the Disaster Hardcover – April 1, 2012
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Starred reviews: BOOKLIST, KIRKUS, SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"[A]n excellent model of historical writing. Hopkinson's enthusiasm for research, primary sources, and individual stories that make history come alive is evident throughout this excellent work. Nonfiction at its best. . . ." --KIRKUS (starred review)
"Meticulous documentation, including full chapter notes, will help the many young people--and their parents and grandparents--who will want to know more and to research their own family roots." --BOOKLIST (starred review)
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Starred reviews: BOOKLIST, KIRKUS, SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"This volume, like the author's SHUTTING OUT THE SKY (2003), is a model of superb nonfiction writing and how to use primary sources to create engaging narratives. The prose is clear, the documentation excellent and well-selected photographs support the text beautifully. What might have been a dry topic is lively, the voices of the children vivid and personal." -- KIRKUS
Stories of real people, such as mill girl Lucy Larcom who escaped the "incessant clash" of the looms to become a famous poet, sharply focus the dramatic history, as do arresting archival photos of stern youngsters manipulating hoes, cotton sags, or bobbins. Neither too long nor too dense, this won't intimidate students reluctantly tackling research projects, and teachers and children alike will welcome the concluding list of suggested readings for youth, the scholarly bibliography, and thorough endnotes. Rarely have the links between northern industry, southern agriculture, slavery, war, child labor, and poverty been so skillfully distilled for this audience." -- BOOKLIST
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)
-Kirkus Reviews January 1, 2012
-School Library Journal, February 2012
-Betty Carter, Horn Book Reviews, March/April 2012
-Publisher's Weekly February 20, 2012
More About the Author
She has won the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Text twice, for A Band of Angels and Apples to Oregon. Sky Boys, How They Built the Empire State Building, was a Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor awardee. She lives near Portland, Oregon.
The Great Trouble, A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel won the OCTE Oregon Spirit Award and was named a Best Book of 2013 by School Library Journal and an Oregon Book Award finalist.
Deborah's forthcoming books in 2015-16 include: nonfiction about WWII entitled Courage & Defiance; Beatrix Potter and the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig, illustrated by Charlotte Voake; a middle grade novel called A Bandit's Tale, The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket; a picture book about sea turtles called Follow the Moon Home (with Philippe Cousteau), and a historical fiction picture book entitled Steamboat School, illustrated by Ron Husband.
Visit her on the web at www.deborahhopkinson.com and follow her on Twitter at @deborahopkinson.
Top Customer Reviews
I loved all the pictures in this book, particularly from future priest Frank Brown, a shutterbug who got a first-class ticket for the ship's two-day maiden voyage as a present from an uncle. These pictures are such priceless artifacts, documenting the ship in ways we might never have known merely from written descriptions. Also nice were the inclusion of materials like telegrams, tickets, menus, and witness testimonies. They add so much to the historical narrative. I also like how there was some information on the building of the ship, the White Star line, the Harland and Wolff shipbuilding company, and what led up to building such a gigantic luxury ship. It's always good to have some backstory, since events don't happen overnight or in a vacuum.Read more ›
This book is as much for people who know a lot about the Titanic disaster as it is for those who know very little about it. It is informative yet easy to read. Highly recommended!
The Titanic was a ship built to beat records. It was first sailed in 1912.
The Captain was the one and only Captain John Smith. On the ship there is multiple Cafes like cafe Paresis on B deck for first class passengers only. Thomas Andrews was the Shipbuilder in charge of the design and the plans for the Titanic. The Titanic left Southampton, England on April 10, 1912 on her main voyage; people could ride stationary bikes in the Titanic gymnasium. There was way more 2nd and 3rd class passengers than 1st class. Because it was way cheaper for people to ride 3rd or 2nd class than it would be 1st class, 1st class might be a lot higher up than the others. For example 1st class gets special restaurants that 2nd and 3rd class doesn't get. This marvelous ship, though happened to have one problem it wasn't indestructible. On its main voyage it struck an iceberg and was swallowed by the sea. Only about 200 people survived the giant sinking monster by the name of the Titanic. The ship was supposed to be indestructible but in the end was destroyed. If you were to ask me I would recommend this book to people of all ages.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love all Titanic! This was wonderful and my kids are reading it on. After we will watch the movie and go to the Titanic exhibit. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Shani Fjelsted
I bought it for my 14 year old son. It was a book they we're reading at school. He's not much of a reader but said he has enjoyed reading about the past. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jamie R.
This book is a great book for about 8 year old kids and up. It is a sad story about the titanic sinking but at the same time beautiful. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Annika Stookey
Although the book was written primarily for middle school readers, I found it an illuminating and vivid exploration of the Titanic disaster--even as an adult reader. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sherri L. Wilcauskas
It is a good book. I learned a lot of new things that I did not know. Nice to put names and faces to this new information. Very informative.Published 5 months ago by Gerard Janson
Download A Night to Remember instead. A lot of this book is lifted from Walter Lords groundbreaking book about Titanic.Published 6 months ago by phyllis cerel