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Titanic: Voices From the Disaster

by Deborah Hopkinson


Scholastic Focus
January 2014


Non-Fiction
Ages 8 – 12 . Grades 3 – 7

Library of Congress: 2011006695


Lexile measure: 1040L

DRA: 50

Guided Reading: V

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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.
Deborah Hopkinson

Deborah Hopkinson is the acclaimed author of over 40 award-winning books, including Shutting Out the Sky, an NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book and a Jane Addams Peace Award Honor Book; Up Before Daybreak, a Carter G. Woodson Honor Award winner; Titanic: Voices from the Disaster, a YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist and Sibert Honor Book; Courage & Defiance: Stories of Spies, Saboteurs, and Survivors in World War II Denmark, a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and Orbis Pictus Recommended title; Dive! World War II Stories of Sailors & Submarines in the Pacific; and D-Day: The World War II Invasion that Changed History. Deborah lives with her family near Portland, Oregon.

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  • Praise for TITANIC: VOICES FROM THE DISASTER

    A Sibert Honor Book
    A YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist
    An ALA Notable Children's Book
    An IRA Teacher's Choice
    A KIRKUS Best Young Adult Book of the Year
    A HORN BOOK Fanfare Book
    A Cybils Award Finalist

    "An affecting portrait of human ambition, folly and almost unbearable nobility in the face of death." --THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
    "A meticulous recounting of the disaster . . . Hopkinson's reporting is so rich with information that it will be equally fascinating to young readers and adults alike."
    --LOS ANGELES TIMES
    "Hopkinson knows precisely what's she doing in her coverage of the Titanic disaster. . . . [A] fine book." --THE HORN BOOK, starred review
    "Fascinating . . . A thorough and absorbing re-creation of the ill-fated voyage."
    --KIRKUS, starred review
    "Riveting." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review
    "An absorbing and richly satisfying read." --SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred review

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