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The Watch That Ends the Night

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  2,381 Ratings  ·  538 Reviews
Arrogance and innocence, hubris and hope--twenty-four haunting voices of the Titanic tragedy, as well as the iceberg itself, are evoked in a stunning tour de force.

Millionaire John Jacob Astor hopes to bring home his pregnant teen bride with a minimum of media scandal. A beautiful Lebanese refugee, on her way to family in Florida, discovers the first stirrings of love. And
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Candlewick Press
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In a nutshell: A story of the Titanic and its passengers, told in multiple perspectives and free-verse. Beautiful, haunting and memorable. Definitely one of the highlights for me this year!

As soon as I discovered this book, I knew that I had to read it. I've always been interested in the Titanic, ever since I learned about it in school and saw the movie, and I've been searching for a book like this for years. I had such huge expectations for The Watch That End
Jan 25, 2012 Tim rated it it was ok
Novels in verse, done well, are rare.
And I can show you why…
This is not a poem simply because I say it is.
It is not a poem because I split
A sentence between several lines
.............Or finger the tab key
This is not a poem, no not a poem,
Because I repeat a phrase here and there.
This is not a poem because from time to time
I toss in a tired end rhyme
Or use funky punctuation—
To highlight a clause.
This is not a poem because I italicize special thoughts
Or with the clickety
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Told from 24 different perspectives in multiple genres such as verse, letters, undertaker's notes, telegrams, forms and booklets, this harrowing tale takes the reader through the journey that different people took on the Titanic. The points of view range from workers like lookouts and stokers, 3rd class passengers like an immigrant and refugee, 2nd class passengers like a tailor, 1st class passengers like a millionaire and socialite as
Edward Sullivan
So much has been written about the Titanic, it's hard to imagine an author finding a fresh perspective but Allan Wolf pulls it off and quite brilliantly. The voices of the captain, crew members, passengers from all three class, the shipboard rats, the embalmer searching for bodies floating among the wreckage, and even the iceberg are brought vividly to life in verse. Like his New Found Land, this is unique, engrossing historical fiction.
Erica Esther
Feb 21, 2017 Erica Esther rated it really liked it
wow. wow. wow. omg.
Anja Manning
Apr 14, 2013 Anja Manning rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on
I tried this audio book because it was listed on the Hub Reading Challenge 2013. Oh well.

I recently read Titanic:Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson,Titanic: Voices From the Disaster and this one just can't compete.

From the beginning I struggled listening to a malevolent female iceberg, who has watched human history since the cave men (really? all the way from the north pole? that's some vision) and set out on purpose to 'meet' the Titanic. Or talk about the 'voice' of the rat,
Aug 29, 2015 Margaret rated it it was amazing
o hi it's one of my favorite books ever

@caitlyn the cover art is jon klassen in case you needed another reason to love this book

also, can we talk about how the iceberg's poems get shorter and shorter as it melts because i did NOT pick up on that the first time through.

i just love this book a lot.

k bye
May 17, 2011 April rated it it was amazing
LOVE LOVE LOVE! Historical Fiction Novel in Verse is my favorite kind of book. Allan Wolf makes history come alive and uses words like a true craftsman. The end matter was an amazing cherry on top of this well written and amazingly well put together novel.
Saturday's Child
It took a little while for me to get hold of a copy of this and then to sit down and read it, but boy was it worth the wait.
Margo Tanenbaum
Jul 22, 2011 Margo Tanenbaum rated it it was amazing
Shelves: immigrants, titanic
What else could be left to say about the Titanic, we could wonder. A quick WorldCat search for juvenile historical fiction about the Titanic turned up dozens of titles, including quite a few coming out in 2011. I must be one of the few people around, at least over the age of 30, who never saw the wildly popular 1997 movie, but I was curious to read this new teen novel by poet Allan Wolf about the 1912 disaster at sea. I am a huge fan of his 2004 novel, New Found Land: Lewis and Clark’s Voyage of ...more
Kyle Norcross
Oct 13, 2016 Kyle Norcross rated it really liked it
In the novel, The Watch That Ends the Night, by Allan Wolf the story of the Titanic is told in a new and interesting way. Wolf uses a verse technique which includes many different characters. The book starts with the growing excitement for the voyage of the Titanic. Each character begins their trip to board the enormous White Star Line Ship and each has their own thoughts and feelings. The ship builder, one of the first characters introduced, is joyful to see his work of art sail away with no d ...more
Apr 06, 2012 Kate rated it it was amazing
The Titanic story has certainly been told and told again over the 100 years since her sinking, but in this book, Allan Wolf has managed to capture the voices of the beings that were part of that story in a wholly new and captivating way. THE WATCH THAT ENDS THE NIGHT is a novel-in-verse that chronicles the story of the unsinkable Titanic, from the boarding and preparations to set sail to the voyage, the sinking, and the Carpathia's rescue and delivery of the survivors to New York. The undertaker ...more
Apr 10, 2012 Erik rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely fantastic and quite unique. Wolf tells the story of the voyage and subsequent sinking of the TITANIC by way of poetry. Using a dozen or so different voices of real people who sailed on the ship, Wolf weaves together fiction and history to create an utterly compelling tale. Now, I've seen all the Titanic movies and read various other books on the subject - it's always been something that has fascinated me. So I wasn't expecting to feel anything new or different when readi ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I began reading this novel in verse on the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sinking, and I couldn't put it down. Wolf takes some of the real people from the tragedy and brings their voices to life, thereby telling the story through the eyes and views of many. He even personifies the iceberg, and gives it a story to tell--a tale of fate, of a predator lurking for its prey. While reading, I felt as if I were there, and anxiously wondered who would survive and who wouldn't. I knew the fate of som ...more
Anthony Manna
Dec 13, 2012 Anthony Manna rated it it was amazing
Part historical fiction and part documentary, The Watch That Ends the Night tells the story of the RMS Titanic's celebrated maiden voyage on April 10, 1912, and its sudden tragic demise on April 15, when it collided at night with an iceberg. Told in mostly free verse poems through the voices of passengers, on-board rats, the iceberg, and, from the very beginning in a poignant flashforward, an undertaker on his way by boat to the scene of the sinking where he eventually faces the gruesome task of ...more
Apr 18, 2013 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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APA Citation: Wolf, A. (2011). The Watch that Ends the Night. [Audio recording]. Grand Haven, MI: Brilliance Audio.

Genre: Poetry

Format: Audiobook (9 discs, 10 hrs, 11 minutes)

Awards: 2012 Audie Award

Selection Process: Booklist starred review, Kirkus review

The story of the Titanic is one that has been told many times. In anticipation of the one-hundredth anniversary of it’s tragic sinking, many new works were released in 2011 and early 2012. It would seem almost impossible to bring
Mar 19, 2012 April rated it really liked it
There’s something about tragedy that is compelling. I mean, as humans many of us find it impossible to look away from trainwrecks. We are prone to rubbernecking. I’m not really sure why this is. There’s one tragedy above all others that grabs me every single time and that is the sinking of the Titanic. How much of it is influenced by the James Cameron film which was a surprisingly large part of my formative years, I don’t know. Regardless, I found myself very drawn to The Watch That Ends The Nig ...more
Nov 21, 2015 Allie rated it really liked it
The stories and different voices of the people were really interesting and I really enjoyed reading from the different points of views. I loved the way the book flowed from story to story. But as far as being in verse goes, I really wished it was a bit more poetic. An audio book would have been really interesting with this book and hearing the words spoken I feel would add a lot! I was a little skeptical at first when reading because the Titanic stories can be unoriginal sometimes, but this book ...more
This book is amazing.
It is told from the point of view of two dozen people- including a ship rat, the ice berg and many others. It is told in poetry. Honestly, I usually don't like reading poetry, but this was amazing and so fun to read. I loved how Allan Wolf was able to make the terribly sad story of the Titanic end hopeful and bittersweet- amazing.
It also amazing that all the characters are *real*. They really did exist. Allan Wolf must have done an amazing amount of research.
The bits from
Oct 25, 2011 Maggie rated it really liked it
This will appeal to the Titanic lovers. I love this writer! Allan Wolf's novel about Lewis and Clark was similar in that many voices tell the story. This is a great one to use for point-of-view.

I did not get many students to read the Lewis and Clark novel, so I don't know how many will actually read this one - but for those who do, it has a lot to offer.

Maybe with the anniversary coming up - more will be interested.

GREAT notes section.
Ely (Tea & Titles)
Feb 02, 2017 Ely (Tea & Titles) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This was a beautiful book, but ultimately I only really cared about the fates of three of the characters.
Oct 09, 2011 Gayle rated it it was amazing
April this year is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. Hundreds of books, stories, and movies have been dedicated over the years to the event, but Mr. MacLennan takes a different approach. The Watch That Ends the Night is a compilation of facts and fiction written in verse, which I don’t usually read but that I enjoyed immensely. The pieces are first-person accounts leading up to and including the actual tragedy itself.

In the beginning, I read faster and faster because I wa
Dec 25, 2011 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Stunning in its scope and moving in its use of 24 different voices, including a rat that scurries across the pages and through the ship, as well as different formats, including letters, notes, telegrams, hymns, internal dialogue, and Morse Code, this book makes it seem as though the Titanic just set sail rather than having embarked on its brief but eventful voyage almost 100 years ago. Although it took me awhile to get drawn into the story because so many different individuals were being introdu ...more
Ashley W
Dec 31, 2013 Ashley W rated it really liked it
I've been completely obsessed with everything to do with Titanic since I was ten and had a conscious understanding of what was happening in the movie. I'm now twenty-three and that obsession has not abated whatsoever. I've seen the movie and the relatively new ABC miniseries more times than I can possibly count and when I went to the Titanic exhibit last year, I nearly passed out from sheer joy. So of course when there is something out that has to do with the Titanic, I have to get my hands on i ...more
Why I picked it up: YALSA Challenge list and it helps me with my geography challenge, so two birds, one book.

Chronicles the journeys of many of the passengers on the Titanic, with passengers from all three classes as well as many different types of crewman included.

Parts were really hard to listen to. I’m not sure how it would have been to have read it instead. The author is a poet and that comes across in some of the entries, so I’m a little interested in how it displays on the page. The iceber
Feb 03, 2012 Renae rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Rachelle DeMunck
If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would.

For anyone who believes you lose characterization and/or plot development by writing anything in verse, this should be the exemplar to the contrary.
This is an incredibly powerful piece of writing. Wolf's verse is masterful and sensitive, each voice distinctly and stylistically its own. From the cold, intense voice of the iceberg to shipbuilder Andrews' disintegration along with his creation...from the voices of the crew (some of whom were res
Sep 06, 2012 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: school-books
Genre: Verse

I had never read a verse novel before and as I was deciding which one to pick I went with a book I thought I already knew all there was to know. We have all seen the 3 hour Titanic movie, read about or watched a history channel special on this. I was expecting to be a bit bored with this book, but to be very honest I was HOOKED from the first page! I loved the way the story was told in 24 different voices, ideas and thoughts. Each voice was so integral into the storyline of the Titan
Jul 29, 2015 Kara rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, nautical

I’m taking 2 stars off an otherwise 5 star book for two reasons:

One - The overabundance of foreshadowing.

Two - The iceberg.

A little foreshadowing in a story about a well-known disaster is to be expected – especially those instances that were documented, such as people remarking on the bad luck of the ship almost hitting another one on her way out of the harbor.

But as seen here: no, in real life, people do not go around the day before the hurricane / volcano / fire / attack / etc. making ironic
Alyssa Calhoun
Nov 23, 2012 Alyssa Calhoun rated it it was amazing
First, you should know two things: I love poetry and I am obsessed with Titanic. Which pretty much set me up to declare to you that this was one of my favorite books ever. I can't believe I've had it for several months and haven't read it (I lent it to some children first).

Truly, I can't get over how awesome this book was.

It's amazing to me when an author can take a story that we already know the end to and make it riveting. (No pun intended.) The voices that the author uses throughout the boo
follow the food

In April 1912, the largest and most luxurious ship in the world set sail from Southampton, England, 5 days later it and 1500 of its passengers were at the bottom of the ocean. Allan Wolf recreates the lives of 20 of the Titanic passengers, their hopes and their dreams, in verse.

I'm usually not a big fan of novels in verse, but I love Titanic novels so I gave this a chance. I think what really made it for me was the audiobook and how it was narrated by multiple narrators. The au
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Allan Wolf: educator-writer-musician extraordinaire. He has literally hundreds of poems committed to memory. He is a veteran traveler through all the diverse worlds of poetry--from poetry slams to public schools, salons to saloons. He turns classic poetry into acoustic tunes as the drummer for The Dead Poets band. He put the Oh! in poetry as the educational director for national touring company Po ...more
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