Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson


This nonfiction account of the Titanic disaster focuses on a handful of passengers and their testimony of events. Passengers range in age from young children to older adults, as well as from all class levels. Coupled with these first-hand accounts, the author includes a narration of the history of the ship, guiding readers from her inception to tragic end. Also provided are timelines (including a minute-by-minute record of the sinking), historical documents, and further resources for students who would like to pursue the subject further.

I LOVE books about the Titanic. I’m totally biased. That said, this book was still really good. Though it’s still a historical nonfiction, the author uses a brisk pace and the subject matter is anything but boring. Because the book is told using first-person narrative, you get to “experience” the sinking through the eyes of passengers. It will not be hard to image what the night of April 14, 1912 was like.

Rating: 4.5/5

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