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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...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Scholastic Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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    Kelly  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
    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
    • 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...more
    Read the full reivew and exclusive author guest post at http://fireandicephoto.blogspot.com/2...

    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...more
    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...more
    “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
    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...more
    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.
    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
    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...more
    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!

    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
    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...more
    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...more
    Sarah Gruwell
    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...more
    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.
    Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkins is a third person account with excerpts of first person quotations. Also, this novel takes place in the early nineteen hundreds. Also in this novel, the titanic is sailing from Europe to New York on the Atlantic Ocean. This novel also takes place on the actual ship of the Titanic. This story takes you to all the different parts of the Titanic. A few of the places described were the first, second, and third class floors, the boiler rooms, dinin...more
    Apr 03, 2014 Eliseo added it
    I think the author was very passionate about the Titanic and wanted other people to know about the crash. The book takes place in the rooms of the Titanic and its interesting to be able to read survivors storys. The book is an information non-fiction. Even though the book is an information it is told from first person from people on the Titanic. Reading the book told you everything about how people thought of the book and heard the panic you felt like you were there on the ship. My favorite lett...more
    Mark A
    I think that the aurthor, Deborah Hopkinson wrote this book to tell about the Titanic, how it crashed, and follow the letters of a few people who survived the titanic. This book takes place in the many well-decorated rooms of the titanic. This book does not have a point of view because it is informational non-fiction. However, the the book does follow peoples letters so you get the sense that it is in the first person sometimes. This book follows a few of the pasengers on the titanic's letters....more
    I really liked reading this book because it was a new side of the story. We are taught about the Titanic sinking in school, and almost everyone has watched the movie by the time they get to highschool. But we are taught about it in a way that only the basics are touched upon. When reading this book, you are given a perspective of the people on the board, those that survived the terrible accident. We are given insight to things that I had never known before, for example, I didn't know that the nu...more
    Brandi Rae
    Well, this was certainly a timely read for me; I actually had two teens (one guy, one girl) this week asking me about Titanic books!

    Definitely a thoroughly researched and well organized book; I loved at the end that the author chose to include so much useful back matter and further references. I'll admit, I'm always a little skeptical about books about the Titanic---given that you know how it ends, many times either the book gets bogged down in too much detail it becomes a dry and boring read, o...more
    Helen Lee
    This was a very descriptive book that took me into the life and journey on the Titanic. This book had more pieces of detail about the tragic ship that I have not heard of before. As a result, I learned more about the Titanic and its disaster. It was interesting to read about the diverse perspectives, ambitions, and personalities of the Titanic’s passengers and crew. I felt their joy, fear, confusion, and sorrow throughout the book. The only thing that bothered me while reading this was that ther...more
    Genre and age: Informational/Non-fiction, grades 6 and up

    Summary: The author, Deborah Hopkinson, narrates the events of the night the RMS Titanic sank through the voices of survivors, witnesses, illustrations, and historical photographs.

    Curriculum: Students create a presentation around the events of Titanic or a specific historical person.

    Reaction: I listened to this particular book first, and then went back to look through the illustrations of the hard copy. The audiobook was well done due to...more
    Well, not surprisingly, I found this fascinating to read. The author clearly did her research and even offered her readers tips for doing their own investigating with lots of resources listed at the back. I loved how she weaved photos, letters, and first-hand accounts into the book. It really made the story come alive and had me wishing for a different ending than the one I knew was coming. ----------- I'm always up for learning more about the Titanic. I'm eager to see how this one compares to o...more
    Savannah Davis
    Jan 23, 2014 Savannah Davis rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Anyone over the age of 12
    Recommended to Savannah by: Barnes and Noble
    This book was amazing!!! I always found learning about the Titanic fascinating and this helped me find out a lot more about it! It's a really neat book because you get to read in the perspective of different people on board. It's also really cool because it's not only just certain people that you read about, there are a variety of different passengers that you get to learn about. You get to read about how 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class passengers were treated on board. You also get to read about how it...more
    Sharon Lawler
    This disaster at sea has fascinated kids for generations, and it has gone through revisions with the passage of time and new technologies. One thing does not change, however, and that would be the personal observations of the passengers who survived that night. Deborah Hopkinson has collected dozens of these recollections to create a book which carries the reader through the entire event. We "hear" from all levels of society onboard the ship. Ample photographs, charts, diagrams along with an ext...more
    Ally Copper
    In “Titanic: Voices from the Disaster” Deborah Hopkinson takes readers aboard the unsinkable ship so they can see and feel and understand what it was like that fateful night in 1912 when disaster struck. When you see written down the number of deaths that occurred in the Titanic’s sinking, 1,496, it’s difficult to grasp the scope of the tragedy. It’s just a number. But when you have the opportunity to be introduced to those who were actually on the ship, to read stories of the folks who actually...more
    This book tells the story of the Titanic both pre and post iceberg. It includes the stories of multiple people on board, including the hard working crew members, snobby first class passengers who jumped in the first lifeboat and never looked back, and heartbreaking stories from children who lost parents, and wives who lost husbands. Though all of these accounts create a well-rounded story, it is hard to keep track of who is who. Also, because the story is told chronologically, there is a lot of...more
    Ms. Yingling
    Over the past year there has been a plethora of Titanic books, both fiction and nonfiction, so I wasn't quite in the mood for yet another one. If you feel the same way, please pick up this title even if you don't want to, because it is excellent.

    So many of the books concern themselves with the minutiae of the disaster, as does this book, but what I enjoyed most were the Father Brown pictures of details of the ship and life on the ship before it sank. Pictures of the exercise room, descriptions o...more
    Titanic: Voices From the Disaster tells the story of the Titanic using a combination of historical research and the testimonies of its survivors. The nonfiction novel is unique in that it offers young readers a view of the famous tragedy from those who were actually there. The text is accompanied by several photographs, diagrams and an appendix of statistics that come together to present quite a comprehensive view of the disaster.

    I read this book for the first time this year with my students, wh...more
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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. Annie and Helen was a finalist for a 2013 Oregon Book Award.

    My most recent books are KNIT YOUR BIT, a World War I story, a historical fiction picture book s...more
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