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Titanic Sinks!: Experience the Titanic's Doomed Voyage in this Unique Presentation of Fact andFi ction Hardcover – November 10, 2011

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"Denenberg brings the story of the Titanic to life in a way that is both informative and accessible." — School Library Journal, starred review

"This gripping recounting of the Titanic’s doomed maiden voyage...[is] a polished and engaging account of one of the 20th century’s most infamous disasters." — Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The text is lively, compelling and convincing . . . This is history at its best, an original and appealing way to mark the centennial of this familiar disaster." — Kirkus, starred review

"Rousing and plenty eerie. The larger-than-usual format allows for readers to be awed by the same thing that awed onlookers in 1912: the gigantic size of everything." — Booklist, starred review

About the Author

Barry Denenberg lives in Bedford, New York.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1200L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (November 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670012432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670012435
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 12.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,158,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Valerie A. Baute on November 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
It is quickly approaching the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, and I expect there to be a multitude of books to commemorate. I expect some of these books to fall flat and hope that many others give die-hard Titanic enthusiasts a new perspective or new information. This book is fiction based on fact, and it is a children's book. That right there had me worried. Then I saw that it was picked as one of the best of 2011. After reading it, I see why it is got such great starred reviews!

I absolutely loved this book for many reasons. It tells the story of the sinking through a perspective I'm not used to seeing, newspaper articles from the time. There are also quotes from survivors and a very interesting section written in the perspective of a reporter going down with the ship. The story of how the writings of the reporter made it through the sinking is very captivating. It is also full of photographs that I have not seen before. The interview with the captain of the Carpathia was something you don't find in most Titanic books. And of course there are plenty of stats.

I believe this book is great for children. It is full of facts. There isn't a wordy build-up to the crash. It starts at the beginning, the building of the ship, and goes all the way through to the investigations pretty quickly. It is a large book in size, not in pages. My experience working in the library is that a lot of kids really enjoy picking up these large books. I recommend this book to children and adults alike, especially anyone who loves the Titanic and wants to read about it from different perspectives.
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For the past three years, I have worked closely with Barry on Another Side: American History Revisited, an ongoing online project. So, I suppose, what I should say first, is I am a little impartial. I wouldn't be working with Barry, if I thought his work was anything other than rare and provocative.

He wrote Titanic Sinks!, a few years ago now, before I entered the picture, and filled me in on "the publishing process," here and there. One feature that distinguishes this book from ANY OTHER BOOK on the Titanic is the photos he's used. Photos of the Titanic, as you may or may not know, are few and far between. Barry managed to illustrate his book exclusively with photos of the Titanic--without leaning on photos of its sister ship, the Olympic--and the design hasn't suffered for it. At all. It's one of the most beautiful books I have seen published, in years--the sort of book that reminds you of what the publishing industry can bring to the table. A Kindle has its strengths. A book has its strengths. Titanic Sinks! showcases those of a physical book: It raises the bar, as far as design and content go.

School of Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews each selected it as one of the Best Books of 2011.

As Booklist put it in a starred review:

"Purists may balk, but the format provides excellent cover for Denenberg to relay reams of factual information, from the fascination surrounding the ship's construction ("14,000 TO BUILD BEHMOTHS," the headline shouts) to personality profiles to first-hand reports from survivors. The centerpiece is a fictional yet accurate manuscript written by Times reporter S. F. Vanni, who typed even as the ship was sinking, and then lashed the manuscript to his body before he died at sea.
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If you have ever wondered what it must have been like to have experienced the sinking of the Titanic first hand, this is a must read.

I originally purchased Titanic Sinks! for my 7th and 9th graders, but was so impressed with the format and photos that I ended up reading it myself!

The author uses fact and fiction to depict the details of that fateful night almost 100 years ago. I really liked the book format which resembles newspaper articles, and the journal entry of the character who is retelling the story of that horrific evening appears to have been manually typed.

My kids found all of the information easy to digest, and it sparked discussions around the dinner table on more than one occasion. They also loved all of the old photos and all of the fascinating statistics that are included in the book.

There was so much interesting material and facts that I had not previously known in Titanic Sinks!, that I am not sure who enjoyed the book more - me or my kids!
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This book is entertaining to read and beautiful to look at. What ruins it for me, though, is that it is (as it claims to be) a mix of fact and fiction. It is not apparent which of the book's content is factual and which is fictional, so I can't use it as an educational book for a child. Nor can I learn anything new from it either, I suppose. So I'm not sure what the book is good for.
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The topic of the Titanic is the third most written about topic to date and in history.From books to movies, people are still facinated by this topic. This book blends fact and fiction to illustrate this point.
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I have read many books and watched movies of the Sinking Titanic. However, I bought this book for two of my great grandchildren as gifts as they were studying it in school. The book is very large for children. It did show pictures that I had never seen before. I hope to borrow one of the books back so I can read it from cover to cover. Anyone who reads it already knows the outcome. Such a tragedy.
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