Title: Titanic: Voices from the disaster
Author: Deborah Hopkinson
Recommended for: Grades 2-12
Call Number/Link: J 910.9163
Synopsis: On April 15, 1912, the magnificent ocean liner the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sank beneath the icy North Atlantic seas. Hopkinson weaves together archival photographs and the voices of real Titanic survivors and witnesses to the disaster to bring the horrors of that terrible night to life. There’s nine-year-old Frankie Goldsmith; Violet Jessop, a young stewardess; Archibald Gracie, a well-to-do gentleman; Charlotte Collyer, a young mother on her way to start a new life; and others.
Already having a good base of knowledge about the Titanic disaster (“I am the king of the world!” – Okay, maybe Jack and Rose weren’t on the ship), I was curious to see if this book could keep me interested. Survivors stories are interspersed with facts to tell the unimaginable story of the unsinkable ship. I found the pictures of both people and important items very interesting. They helped link the stories to the people involved. I learned things I had not previously known, and it did keep my interest until the end. It does have a glossary to help with some of the ship vocabulary, as well as other lists of pertinent facts. I would recommend this book to any young person interested in reading about the disaster. It is on the 2016 list of Caudill Awards books.