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Titanic: Voices from the Disaster is a 2013 Sibert Honor book and a 2013 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist.

Critically acclaimed nonfiction author Deborah Hopkinson pieces together the story of the TITANIC and that fateful April night, drawing on the voices of survivors and archival photographs.

Scheduled to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the tragic
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Hardcover, 289 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Scholastic Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Kelly H. (Maybedog)
This is an excellent resource for young adults to learn about the sinking of the Titanic. It is very complete while being succinct. The text covers the entire voyage from the day it left dry dock, through the short journey up the coast to when it set off across the Atlantic, the disaster and the aftermath, including impact on the world immediately after that and finally a little about the discovery of the wreck. I found just the right amount of information, not too much, not too little. The coup ...more
Barb Middleton
I grew up in the Land of 10,000 Frozen Lakes. In Minnesota, it oozes cold. I thought I KNEW cold. But I found out I didn't when I decided to jump off a sailboat into Lake Superior. Whooee, I was so unprepared for air whooshing out of my lungs when I hit the water. Imagine a big block of ice being dropped onto your chest. The water temperature was in the 50's and my teeth were chattering and blue within a short amount of time. Thank goodness I had a life jacket on. The coldness was paralyzing. Th ...more
Heather
Mar 04, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
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I have always been interested by the dramatic story of the sinking of the Titanic. And as a history buff,this book appealed to me on so many levels. I love that Deborah Hopkinson used real photos of the ship and it's passengers as well as first hand accounts. The narrative came alive for me in a way that it never has before thanks to a visually and historically rich account of that fateful night. Ther
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Danielle
Apr 06, 2013 Danielle rated it really liked it
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Titanic: Voices from the Disaster
Name: Danielle Autumn Shur
Hopkinson, D. (2012). Titanic: Voices from the Disaster. New York, NY: Scholastic Press.
Genre: Informational
Award: YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award
Format: Print Book
Selection Process: YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award list
Review:
Say the word ‘Titanic’ and most everyone will know what you are referring to. Just over 100 years ago, the most famous maritime disasters occurred. Books have been writte
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Liza Wiemer
This is an outstanding non-fiction book filled with first-person accounts and records from the sinking of the Titanic. It follows a number of people including first, second, and third class individuals and staff through a chronological order of events. Some of those people are young adults and it's refreshing to hear their point-of-view. The book has numerous documents including a menu, photos, launch information, letters, facts and figures, and information on the Carpathia, the ship that came t ...more
Hugh C
Sep 17, 2015 Hugh C rated it liked it
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Good Reads Review: Summer Reading

In the book Titanic the voices from the disaster by Deborah Hopkinson, the message is to never give up, for example some people gave up by not leaving their room. This story took place on a boat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. It was during 1912 with a few very cold late April night. One of the protagonist Captain Rostrom is the captain of the tanic he is a very wise and experienced sailor. He was a very proud man and
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Megan
Jun 26, 2015 Megan added it
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Twin Text (Intermediate)

I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912
By Lauren Tarshis
Published 2010

Rationale for Twin Texts Selection

The students are learning about the Titanic. I chose two books to teach about the ocean liner. The fictional book is a historical fiction so all the facts about the Titanic are true but the story and characters are not. This way it teaches about the Titanic with an interesting story to go along with it. The non-fiction book has lots of information that will be ve
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Laura
Mar 22, 2014 Laura rated it it was amazing
• Fiction Text- Titanicat (2008) Crisp-Papp
• Titanicat takes on a different perspective that many of the stories of the titanic don’t take on. This story gives the perspectives of a survivor of the Titanic. This survivor actually never even set sail on the Titanic on its finally voyage. A cat prevented him from staying aboard and ultimately saved his life from preventing him. It pairs nicely with the non-fiction pick of Titanic: Voices from the Disaster because this book gives the experience of
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Tricia Jonell
Aug 29, 2015 Tricia Jonell rated it it was amazing
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I've read numerous articles about the RMS Titanic because I always find this historical ship fascinating.
I am glad because this book gave me a whole picture about the unforgettable night that killed many passengers. Narratives from the survivors and pictures of the "unsinkable" ship broke my heart.

I've seen the movie about this but, now I can tell that there are still heaps of information that we don't know about this ship. Photos of the ship were taken by Father Frank Browne. Two rich couple of
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Reggie Overton
Nov 26, 2014 Reggie Overton rated it it was amazing
This non fiction novel focus's on exactly as the title of the story suggests. We are taken back to a period in time, and we explore one of the most tragic events of history that many find most fascinating. The story of the Titanic is brought back to life through this heart felt story by real quotes of survivors and real accounts of events that took place on that faithful night. It is not too complex for our young readers and puts things in comprehensive perspective that they will find enjoyable. ...more
Sandra
Feb 09, 2012 Sandra rated it really liked it
Books about the Titanic, whether fiction or non-fiction, invariably follow the same course, that is chronological, from describing the grandeur of the ship, through to what it was like to stay on it, down the it's last minutes. And inevitably, the same thing always happens to me when I read such books; I get sucked up into how fantastic the ship was that I almost forget what happens in the end. The same ending always comes and I'm left heartbroken.

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster, is a middle-g
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Amie
Apr 11, 2012 Amie rated it really liked it
I am not a big non-fiction reader, though I do make the occasional exception, especially if the topic happens to be of some interest to me. Ever since I saw 1997’s Titanic by James Cameron, I have been curious about what really happened to the ship. I know that movies embellish a great deal for dramatic effect and I wanted to understand the truth about the sinking of Titanic. It has been several years since I read anything regarding the Titanic, so I was pleased to receive a request to review th ...more
Sunday
Mar 26, 2013 Sunday rated it really liked it
“Don’t you know what happens in the end?” My husband could not understand why I wanted to leave the dinner table early to finish this book. Yes, of course, I know the ending, but Hopkinson’s writing had me in its grip – one of the reasons this book was awarded a Sibert Honor Award for Nonfiction 2012. I hesitated in reading this book because I thought it would be primarily biographical and narrative in nature. Turns out – this is very much a blended text with a great deal of non-narrative inform ...more
Rachael Stein
Sep 19, 2012 Rachael Stein rated it it was amazing
I don't have any particular interest in the Titanic disaster, but I found this book riveting. It reminds me of last year's Amelia Lost, in that you know perfectly well how it's going to end, but you're still on the edge of your seat. I really, really wanted them to find more lifeboats, you know?

Hopkinson achieves this effect through her masterful use of primary sources. As the title indicates, much of the text consists of eyewitness accounts from aboard the ill-fated ship. The structure is mainl
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Marjorie Ingall
A suspense-crammed nail-biter. You forget YOU KNOW HOW THIS ENDS. It's obvious why this story has had so much resonance over the years -- the hubris of calling a ship unsinkable, the fabulousness of some of the passengers compared to the working-guyness of others, the acts of heroism and cowardice in the middle of the night in the freezing cold water. As a feat of reporting, synthesis and editing (it rat-a-tats back and forth between different characters) it's just spectacular. It reminds me of ...more
Clara M.
Sep 13, 2013 Clara M. rated it liked it
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Hopkinson wrote this book to give the reader a firsthand experience of what happened from the point of view of nine survivors. The story of the Titanic has been told many times and many ways, but she wanted the reader to actually feel what it was like to know there is a possibility that you are in your last hour. Hopkinson used interviews from some survivors, a stewardess, a little boy, a teacher, a rich man, a seaman, a senior in high school, and a mother. Although Deborah is telling the story ...more
L13F_Jana Wilkening
Nov 05, 2013 L13F_Jana Wilkening rated it really liked it
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I have always been intrigued by the story of the Titanic. I had heard about this book during a book talk and was so excited to read it for this week. It did not disappoint. This book is an amazing read!

The author combines background information and historical facts and details with real stories and voices of Titanic survivors, as well as those who witnessed the sinking. The book follows the sinking chronologically and weaves in eye-witness accounts, factual blurbs, and primary source documents
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Staci
Dec 19, 2012 Staci rated it it was amazing
I have a confession to make...the story of the Titanic never was one that fascinated me. Of course, I know the major details of the story and learned about it in history classes but I am a huge history nerd (one of my majors in college) and there were always other aspects of history that captured my attention more. Also, I am NOT a fan of the movie starring Leo and Kate and besides Mythbusters proved they both could have fit on the door (http://www.theblaze.com/stories/mythb...), just saying!

So
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Kim
Apr 08, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it
Name: Kim Deniker

APA Citation: Hopkinson, D. (2012). "Titanic: Voices from the disaster". New York: Scholastic, Inc.

Genre: Historical Fiction and YALSA Choice

The awards received include Booklist, 12/01/2011; Publisher’s Weekly, 2/20/2012; Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, 4/1/2012; Horn Book, 11/1/2012 and 3/1/2012; School Library Journal, 2/1/2012; Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), 4/1/2012; Kirkus Reviews starred 1/1/2012; Wilson's Children, 10/1/12; Library Media Connection, 5/1/20
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Rachel
Jan 22, 2016 Rachel rated it liked it
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Jared's book club is discussing this book so we listened to the audio-book in the car. It was a bit dense and I was constantly pausing the recording to answer questions and explain things but it was really fascinating. Both boys were enthralled with the topic and we had some great discussions about the danger of having too much confidence in technology, valuing profits over human life, social and economic inequality, leadership traits, and responsibility and accountability.
Jim
Jul 25, 2015 Jim rated it liked it
A pretty good recounting of the historical tragedy, sprinkled heavily with eyewitness accounts from roughly a handful of survivors. Much of the five-day voyage is gone quickly, the bulk of the narrative focusing on the sinking. Fairly well told, in a manner I think good for an introduction to the event and the complexities, that should send interested readers to additional accounts. A little bit too much repetition perhaps, which can get irritating.
Sarah
Feb 22, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book was a copy received via GoodReads for a review. Thanks!

This is a superb book to introduce young readers to all aspects of the Titanic disaster. It's written in a very readable style, introducing late elementary school and middle school children to the individuals in the disaster in a way that brings them to life.

And yet this book has a ton of information from the sequence of events that happened to mini biographies on the parties involved to data tables with disaster statistics and timetab
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Salvador Rodriguez
Oct 06, 2015 Salvador Rodriguez rated it it was amazing
I really like it since I like the titanic. It is a very moving book and at a certain point of the book I started crying. This is why I think it is very emotional. I would really recommend it is very emotional and sad. I would really recommend it to you it is the best.
Kate
Jan 10, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it
Listening to this in my car during the recent Polar Vortex weather certainly helped set the mood for this harrowing account of the Titanic sinking. Very well researched and written. The audiobook features several narrators who read survivor letters and accounts of that fateful night when just about everything that could go wrong, did. I can understand why people are fascinated by this piece of history.
AxeL Juarez
Nov 04, 2015 AxeL Juarez rated it it was amazing
This book is filled with lots of problems. This informs me about what happened a long time ago. This an amazing book. I recommend this book to how like history.
Pamela Massey
Dec 17, 2015 Pamela Massey rated it really liked it
Titanic voices from the disaster written by Deborah Hopkinson was a moving, yet informational book full of history and pictures. It tells you everything that went wrong and what would have gone right on the last night of the ships sailing. If things that happened would have been different. It also tells you exactly how much supplies, how much the anchor weighed and everything that the ship had on board. Some of the information I found useful and thought "wow how would they get that much stuff on ...more
L
Dec 04, 2015 L added it
In her book, Titanic: Voices from the Disaster(2012), author Deborah Hopkinson illustrates many details that happened leading up to, during, and following the disaster of the Titanic. Hopkinson develops this illustration by giving details from exact situations with pictures from the Titanic and other things to better help the reader understand what this disaster was really like, and she refers to real people that were actually on the ship and survived the crash to be able to tell their story. De ...more
Patrick Kelly
Nov 30, 2015 Patrick Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: info-bios
Deborah Hopkinson offers readers a fresh look at the maritime tragedy that has fascinated people for a hundred years in the Sibert and YALSA nominated Titanic: Voices from the Disaster. In a somewhat narrativized version of the events leading up to and succeeding the ship’s collision with an iceberg, the author follows a handful of real passengers and crew as they embark the ship, enjoy its luxuries for a few days, and struggle to stay alive in its last moments. The author paces the tale well, a ...more
Brittany Z
Nov 24, 2015 Brittany Z rated it it was amazing
I listened to this as an audiobook and loved it! Although there are tons of books and movies on the Titanic, I think most people are still captivated by the horrifying tragedy. This is even more true since it blindsided everyone that a 5-day old "unsinkable" luxury ship actually sank (so much so that the closest boat ignored the distress flares). This is a shorter rendition of the tale (little under 5 hours) that puts you quickly into that fateful night. While going through the timeline of event ...more
Bethany Mcguirk
Dec 08, 2014 Bethany Mcguirk rated it really liked it
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Hopkinson, D. (2012). Titanic: Voices from the disaster. New York, NY: Scholastic Press

Sibert
2013 Sibert Honor Book

Hopkinson produced a wonderful nonfiction text that is sure to interest students from 6th grade on up. My favorite part of this book was the inclusion of artifacts, such as letters, photographs, newspaper drawings, and telegrams. Hopkinson cleverly personalized this informational text by telling the story of Titanic’s maiden voyage through the perspective of the travelers and crew o
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I write picture books, nonfiction, and middle grade fiction. I love history and visiting schools to talk to young readers.

TITANIC: VOICES FROM THE DISASTER was named a 2013 Sibert Honor Book and a 2013 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist. My most recent nonfiction title, COURAGE & DEFIANCE, Stories of Spies, Saboteurs, and Survivors in WWII Denmark,was named an Orbis Pictus Recommended Bo
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