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Titanic: Voices from the Disaster Booktalk

  • Grades: 6–8

When the Titanic was built in the early 1900s, it was the largest and most beautiful ship in the whole world. The ship had first class restaurants, a gymnasium and gorgeous rooms for the wealthiest travelers. For those who didn't have much money (known as second and third class passengers), the ship was a comfortable way to travel from Europe to America to see their friends and relatives.

The builders of the Titanic spent years designing and creating the ship and thought it was unsinkable. When the boat left on its maiden voyage in April 1912, none of the passengers or crew members could have predicted that the Titanic would sink and become known as one of the biggest tragedies of our time.

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson takes you on a journey from the very beginnings of the creation of the Titanic to the aftermath of its sinking. Through the eyes of crew members and passengers, you'll learn what really happened on that fateful spring voyage. You will feel as though you are a passenger or a crew member on the ship when you look at the photographs, illustrations and copies of the telegraphs.

What really happened on the night of April 15, 1912? Why didn't the ship have enough lifeboats for its 2,208 passengers, which resulted in only 712 people surviving the accident? How did the survivors stay alive on the lifeboats without any fresh water or food? And, most importantly, what lessons did we learn after this tragedy and how can we prevent this from happening again?

This book is the ultimate guide to the Titanic disaster that happened 100 years ago. Prepare to go on a journey back to 1912 and learn more about the most famous boat in the world!

  • Subjects:
    American History, Boats and Underwater Craft
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