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Titanic: Voices From the Disaster (Scholastic Focus)

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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 sinking of the TITANIC, a topic that continues to haunt and thrill readers to this day, this book by critically acclaimed au
Hardcover, 289 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Scholastic Press
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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
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
Good book, especially for kids and the audiobook is a high quality production
Denise Spicer
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this 2012 Scholastic book, the author does an excellent job in her retelling of the famous catastrophe. Hopkinson provides gripping and horrifying details of the occurrence focusing on the personal viewpoints of many of the survivors – Colonel Gracie, Violet Jessup, Second Officer Lightoller, Jack Thayer, governess Elizabeth Shuts, Captain Rostron of the rescue ship Carpathia, wireless operator Harold Bride, Frankie Goldsmith, Lawrence Beesly and others. Included are plenty of black and white ...more
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Variety is a hallmark of Deborah Hopkinson's work for young readers. She's written novels, picture books, biographies, and historical nonfiction, and each have been lauded as quality literature. But it was Titanic: Voices From the Disaster that earned Deborah Hopkinson a Sibert Honor as one of "the most distinguished informational" books of 2012, cementing her status as a premier children's nonfiction author. Ms. Hopkinson elaborated on aspects of the Titanic tragedy that aren't always noted, sc ...more
Syndel D.
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I personally thought this was a really good book, I have always had an interest in the Titanic so when I saw this book I knew I would like it. Just being able to live to tell the story about witnessing the sinking I believe is incredible.
Jeremiah Johnson
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I gave it 5 stars because it gave a historical telling of the Titanic by using information and quotes that were written down by people who were on the Titanic. Everyone should read this book that would be interested in learning more about the sinking of the Titanic. I thought the book had everything in it. It had real photographs and charts and facts about those on the ship, so I don’t think it could have been any better than it was.

This book had everything someone would want to know about the T
Joanna Jennings
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
Excellent concise account of the Titanic written for teens. Audio was very well done. I didn’t want to stop listening! 😍☺️
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 writt
Feb 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-hardback, school
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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
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
Siobhan F.
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good introduction to the Titanic for middle school students, it helps to put a human face on the disaster. Some of the research is out of date and it doesn't really include any of the forensic work that has been done. ...more
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Although geared toward a young adult reading level, I still found this book mesmerizing. A retelling of the fateful sinking of the Titanic, it's succinct but relates moments I hadn't read about before, with pictures I also hadn't seen before. Nicely done. ...more
Pritam Chattopadhyay
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
When the Titanic left Queenstown, Ireland, on April 11, 1912, with over 2,200 passengers and crew members bound for New York, most of those on board almost certainly believed the universal myth that had been floating around for months: the Titanic was unsinkable.

Based upon news articles about the ship and advertisements from its owner, the White Star Line, it's apparent that those who built the ship had designed it to be unsinkable.

When it was built and launched, the Titanic was the largest shi
Audrey Rodriguez
Deborah Hopkinson’s award winning informational text, “Titanic: Voices From the Disaster” explores the tragic sinking of the RMS Titanic in a way that accurately captures both human and historical elements of the event. Hopkinson’s Sibert Medal winner describes the 1912 voyage of the Titanic from the perspectives of multiple different passengers that were aboard the “unsinkable” ship when she struck ice and descended to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. “Titanic: Voices From the Disaster” is a c ...more
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Titanic: Voices from the Disaster is a great book for young readers wanting to learn about what happened on the Titanic. The voices of the people make the book come to life and the information is accurate and authentic. It makes the book more interesting and gives the facts without making it seem like a history lesson. I really liked how the people were from all different classes, cultures, and had different backgrounds. It gave the reader a full view of what is was like on the ship from many di ...more
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Titanic: Voices From the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson is a good informational text for those interested in learning what happened on the ship. This book allows people to understand what happen during the night the Titanic sank but those who have survived it. The Titanic occurred in 1912 and still one of the talked about events in history, people what to know how the ‘unsinkable’ ship sank early that morning and why more people weren’t saved throughout this event. I feel this is a great book to ...more
Mar 18, 2013 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
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: informational
I have always been interested in the Titanic and her fateful maiden voyage. I love finding random facts regarding historical events that not everyone may know. I enjoyed this book because of the way Deborah Hopkinson presented the information from the photographs of the ship and the facts regarding the passengers, crew, food, etc. I found that the information presented and how it was presented did make me feel excited to read more about the Titanic and had me wanting to read more into the deep d ...more
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Titanic: Voices From the Disaster recounts multiple travelers experiences on the Titanic. Through these recounts, readers are able to hear about the luxurious ship, the divide in classes, and the sinking of the Titanic. The text effectively uses text features such as photographs, drawings, and extra information boxes to help readers learn even more information about the Titanic and why it played out the way it did.
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, history
A "simple" overview with several first-hand accounts from the survivors of the disaster. ...more
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, 2019
felt anxious the whole time I was reading this. can't even imagine going through this. ...more
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Informative, gripping read

This is one of many Titanic books I've read. It is very informative and met with reverence. The author did well with her research and presented the information in a gripping narrative that brings about much heartache.
Jun 26, 2015 added it
Shelves: twin-texts
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
Mimi Francis
Apr 10, 2012 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
L13F_Jana Wilkening
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rll520-info-bios
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
I read this book as part of the YALSA’s Nonfiction Award Challenge.

I will start off by saying that this was the book that I was the least excited about for the YALSA’s Nonfiction Award Challenge. Mostly because I know what happened to the Titanic. It sunk. People died. And there is no way that they can change the facts to make a happy ending. And I like happy endings. So, I was a tiny bit disgruntled when I learned that this was one of the books I would need to read. But, I am pleased to say tha
Sep 19, 2012 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
Mar 26, 2013 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
Ms. Yingling
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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