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Titanic: Voices from the Disaster

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster is a non-fiction novel targeted at YA and middle grade readers by Deborah Hopkinson.

This Sunday, April 15th 2012, will be the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking. To honor this, I wanted to post a review of this book, which is an first-rate reference of all the details concerning the famous, doomed ocean liner.

Most of you will have heard of the Titanic, and if you’re from my generation or older probably have seen the Kate Winslet/Leonardo DiCaprio movie as well, which is being re-released in 3D.

What we glean from Titanic: Voices from the Disaster are facts and tidbits about the launch, journey, and sinking of the Titanic.

But what is really cool about it, and makes it more unique than others, are the quotes from real-life survivors. She takes their stories and creates a narrative storytelling technique that allows you to imagine their experience on the Titanic.

At times you can tell it’s targeted toward a younger audience (an occasionally excessive use of exclamation points is one indicator), but the knowledge and information is accessible and mesmerizing to any age. The pictures, illustrations, diagrams, telegrams, letters, and personal accounts bring about a personal feel to what is a well-known story.

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster is definitely a fantastic remembrance of a major moment of 20th century history – its equal parts haunting, educational, and respectful to all of those who lost their lives one hundred years ago Sunday.

I really enjoyed it, and y’all know I’m not much of a non-fiction reader!

Check it out!


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