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Titanic: Voices From the Disaster (edition 2012)

by Deborah Hopkinson (Author)

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Title:Titanic: Voices From the Disaster
Authors:Deborah Hopkinson (Author)
Info:Scholastic Press (2012), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 304 pages
Collections:Informational Books, Biography, Historical Fiction, Chapter Books
Tags:Titanic, Ship Wreck, History

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Titanic: Voices from the Disaster is a very good nonfiction book giving a voice to survivors of the Titanic disaster. Most accounts are very personal and filled with emotion. The appendix section at the back of the book sums up lots of information that is presented within the text. ( )
  Mrslabraden | May 31, 2016 |
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 timetables. I was pretty impressed with the amount of information provided and the broad scope of that same information.

If you've got a young reader in your life and you're looking to introduce them to this fascinating historical event, definitely give this book a look. They'll enjoy the reading of it and learn stuff, too. ( )
  Sarah_Gruwell | Jan 12, 2016 |
Sibert Honor (2013), YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist (2013), ALA Notable Children's Book (2013). Glossary, bios of main people, copies of survivor letters, timeline, charts of facts and figures, diagram of the ship, and Bibliography and Source Notes. Primary Source photographs. General interest.
  CindyMcClain | Jul 22, 2015 |
It was interesting not only to learn what really happened, but to hear the first-hand accounts. But I had to work hard to figure out what was going on at times. The diagrams provided in the book, while nice and clean-looking, do not include everything the author references. So for a visual learner like myself, I had to go elsewhere to figure out what exactly was going on. I don't know that what the book contained on its own was enough to paint a clear picture of the technicalities of the sinking. Also, it wasn't easy to keep track of various names and boats (collapsible b & c for example), though I don't know how much that could be helped. ( )
  EuronerdLibrarian | Feb 11, 2015 |
No matter how much I read about the Titanic, it turns out I can always read more - and learn something new. Deborah Hopkinson's Titanic is an excellent new resource, with a clear, chronological narrative and plenty of added value in the form of photographs, illustrations, charts, lists, and back matter including a glossary, letters from survivors, a timeline, facts & figures, statistics, snippets of primary source documents, and a bibliography. She highlights a few lesser-known survivors, including men, women, children, passengers from all classes, and crew members.


Would history have been changed if the men on the Californian had been more decisive? What might have happened if the Californian arrived on the scene after the first distress rocket was spotted? (The Titanic and the Californian, 102)

A list of drowned passengers who died when the RMS Titanic went down. (Caption for image, 186)

"I think we all realized that time may be measured more by events than by seconds and minutes: what the astronomer would call 2:20 a.m. April 15, 1912, the survivors called 'the sinking of the Titanic,'" [survivor Lawrence Beesley*] said. (197)

[9yo] Frankie Goldsmith and his mother, Emily, arrived in New York destitute...they only received fifteen dollars from the White Star Line and two railroad tickets to Detroit... (208) The Truth About the Titanic originally published 1913 (mentioned p. 213)

The events of the Titanic disaster can be seen as a symbol of what happens through overconfidence in technology, complacence, and a mindset of profits over people's safety. (217)

*Fun fact: Beesley's son Alec later married Dodie Smith, author of 101 Dalmatians and I Capture the Castle. (227)

Survivor letters from the Carpathia:
"Our ship struck an iceberg. I went on deck and met a sailor who asked me to help lower the boats. The sailor said, 'Take a chance yourself.' I did, as did my friend, but the officers came along and ordered us off the boat. A woman said, 'Lay down, lad, you're somebody's child.' She put a rug over me and the boat went out, so I was saved. I'll write you a note when I get to New York." -Daniel Buckley, 3rd class passenger ( )
  JennyArch | Nov 26, 2014 |
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Altschuler, PeterNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bramhall, MarkNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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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 author Deborah Hopkinson weaves together the voices and stories of real TITANIC survivors and witnesses to the disaster -- from the stewardess Violet Jessop to Captain Arthur Rostron of the CARPATHIA, who came to the rescue of the sinking ship. Packed with heartstopping action, devastating drama, fascinating historical details, loads of archival photographs on almost every page, and quotes from primary sources, this gripping story, which follows the TITANIC and its passengers from the ship's celebrated launch at Belfast to her cataclysmic icy end, is sure to thrill and move readers.

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Tells the tale of the sinking of the Titanic using the narratives of the witnesses and survivors of the disaster.

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