Titanic: Voices From The Disaster


This chronology of the sinking of the Titanic weaves together the stories of witnesses, survivors, and other official documents. The narrative is complemented with lots of illustrations and photographs.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers who think they know about the Titanic will enjoy this unique perspective from people who were there and poring over lots of great imagery.

Content Awareness Factors:

The *story* got bogged down with lots of detail and sometimes has a feel that you're just reading lists of facts.

Young Reader Reaction

I personally loved this book, but I am a little bit of a nerd and truly enjoy learning about historic events. Even if non-fiction events are not your thing, I'm sure you will still enjoy this book. This book is so wonderfully written you will struggle to put it down.The author presents the information in a non-boring, almost story like fashion that makes the book that much more interesting.

Because of its content and reading level, I would recommend this book for ages 11 to 13. The book is a realistic account of the events of the Titanic, which could be a little much for younger readers. I would love to receive this book as a gift and keep on my bookshelf at home.

Parent Reaction

I admit that the Titanic isn’t of great interest to me. I was excited to read the book so that I could learn more and see what everyone is so fascinated with. While enjoyable, I found the book hard to read, particularly with all of the details about decks, room locations, etc. Usually I can keep that stuff in my head, but I kept going back to the diagrams to try to sort it out. If I’m doing that and getting frustrated, will a MG / YA reader have the same reaction?

Young Reader Reaction

Titanic: Voices From Disaster was a fascinating. It made me realize I only knew half the story. My only sources of knowledge came from Leonardo DiCaprio and brief mentions during grade school. It turns out (as should be expected) Hollywood movies aren’t the greatest source for 100 percent accuracy. Description text would have been fine, but I thoroughly enjoyed the pictures of the ship to complete the visual. It was the theories and possible explanations that I found most interesting. Titanic’s tragedy seemed mythical to me (like the lost city of Atlantis) until I read the brutal experience described by survivors. I’m captivated and will be sharing this book

This isn't a difficult read but it does have lots of information on what took place that cold April night. I would gift this book to anyone in 8 to 14, and recommend older readers to check it out from the library.

Type of Book:
This is a photo-illustrated nonfiction book for pre-teens and young adults.
Educational Themes:

Use this book to show young readers the level of research and detail that go into writing nonfiction.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
12 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
9 and Up
Age of child:
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Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. Readers curious about the Titanic will find it interesting to see all of the images and illustrations.

Title Titanic: Voices From the Disaster
Author Deborah Hopkinson
Publisher Scholastic Press © 2012
ISBN 9780545116749
Material Hard Cover
Genres History - US, Transportation - Boat
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