Titanic: Voices from the Disaster


As they shivered in the freezing air, the survivors could barely absorb the tragedy that had transformed their lives. The disaster might have been easier to understand if there’d been a fierce storm, with pounding waves and howling winds. But the night remained still and clear. The sea was calm. Dead calm.

In this factual account of the fatal maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic, eyewitness and survivor accounts are woven together to tell a three-dimensional account of the fate of the Titanic and her passengers and crew on the fatal morning of April 15, 1912. The voices of crew, first class, second class, and third class passengers blend together telling their account of the maiden voyage of the Titanic, and what happen as she went down. Included are follow-ups to what happened to the survivors whose accounts are presented. The reader feels what it may have been like on board, in a lifeboat, and even in the water as the awful reality of the disaster becomes realized.

288 pages 978-0545116749 Ages 9 -13

288 pages including afterward (which is highly recommended reading) Also includes photographs

Editors' note: Additional keywords: informational/expository

Book Pairing: Pair this book with The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic by Allan Wolf (Contributed by Tricia Stohr-Hunt)

Recommended by: Alice Cyphers, Librarian, Pennsylvania USA


In this award-winning book, 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, quotes from primary sources, and painstaking back matter, 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.--from the publisher

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