Tuesday, November 12

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster
Deborah Hopkinson

My rating: ★★★

ISBN: 9780545116749
Publisher: Scholastic
Date of publication: April 1, 2012
Age: Grades 6 and up
Genre: Nonfiction

Themes: Titanic, shipwreck, survival

Awards: CYBILS Top 5 Finalist (2012), Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Book (2013), YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist (2013)

It was the biggest ship of its time, practically unsinkable, and to travel on its maiden voyage was thought to be a high privilege. But April 14, 1912, the Titanic struck an iceberg and out of the 2,200 people on board, only 700 survived. Hopkinsin uses their words while weaving together the tale of what happened that fateful night.

Often called the worst maritime disaster in history, the sinking of the Titanic is a popular topic, and this YA book gives an informative overview. However, the writing was not very smooth—jumping from quote to quote, a picture spread here and there—and the language was repetitive. Overall, the book delivers the information, but not in the most exciting of ways; it was often hard, as the reader, to connect to the stories being told.

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