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Fact + Fiction = Fantastic: Fiction Readalikes for Titanic by Deborah Hopkinson

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson is one of the finalists for the 2013 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. If you’ve already read Titanic and are finding yourself wanting more, you may also enjoy these fictional stories with similar themes, subjects, and elements. Read and liked a bunch of these novels already? Give Titanic a try!

(Summaries from jacket copy.)

The Watch the Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic by Allan Wolf
Arrogance and innocence, hubris and hope — twenty-four haunting voices of the Titanic tragedy, as well as the iceberg itself, are evoked in a stunning tour de force.

Millionaire John Jacob Astor hopes to bring home his pregnant teen bride with a minimum of media scandal. A beautiful Lebanese refugee, on her way to family in Florida, discovers the first stirrings of love. And an ancient iceberg glides south, anticipating its fateful encounter. The voices in this remarkable re-creation of the Titanic disaster span classes and stations, from Margaret (“the unsinkable Molly”) Brown to the captain who went down with his ship; from the lookout and wireless men to a young boy in search of dragons and a gambler in search of marks. Slipping in telegraphs, undertaker’s reports, and other records, poet Allan Wolf offers a breathtaking, intimate glimpse at the lives behind the tragedy, told with clear-eyed compassion and astounding emotional power.

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The Titanic Disaster: Thinking About the Unsinkable

On April 14-15, 1912, the supposedly unsinkable RMS Titanic struck an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland and sunk on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City. Of the more than 2200 people on board, approximately 1500 died.

2012 marks the 100th anniversary of this disaster, and near, far, wherever you are, you’ll be bombarded with the marketing of all things Titanic. There’s a re-release of the 1997 movie Titanic (in 3D), luxury memorial cruises, lectures, museums exhibits, replica jewelry, and revivals of Titanic: The Musical.

And of course there are books–here’s a sampling of titles with YA appeal:

Titanic: Voices from the DisasterTitanic: Voices From the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson (publication date: April 1, 2012). Reviews uniformly praise this new non-fiction examination of the disaster, highlighted by accounts from primary sources and archival photos. School Library Journal says that “what makes it stand out is the intimacy readers feel for the crew and passengers,” and Kirkus Reviews predicts it is “sure to be a definitive work.”

The Watch that Ends the Night: Voices from the TitanicThe Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic by Allan Wolf (2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults). A millionaire, a beautiful Lebanese refugee, the captain who will go down with his ship, and the iceberg itself provide some of the 24 accounts in this unique novel written in verse. The individual stories build to create a palpable sense of impending disaster. Booklist‘s starred review called it “a masterpiece.”

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And the winner is…

It’s my favorite time of the year! The 84th Academy Awards are set to take place on Sunday, February 26 on ABC and I cannot wait. If you haven’t had the chance yet, be sure to take a look at all the talented actors, actresses, producers, directors, and more nominated this year. While I don’t consider myself a tried and true movie buff, I definitely watch my fair share of movies, from really bad movies with awful graphics to the silly and cartoonish. There’s something exciting about seeing my favorite celebrities all decked out in their finest, about moaning and groaning through the overly long speeches, and wondering how they are going to dramatize the “in remembrance” portion of the evening. Yep, I’m an Oscars junkie and proud of it!

If you’re anything like me, you may be interested in reading some fun teen lit that focuses on the glitz and glamour of the movies and celebrities. There are a plethora of great titles out there so read on to find out some of the highlights and be sure to add your own suggestions in the comments! Perhaps you want to make an Oscar themed book display or have an Oscar YA party. These books will help you bring on your own inner star.

YALSA’s Popular Paperbacks list is a great place to start. The 2009 Fame and Fortune list is a great resource to “read all about teens aspiring to make it big.” This list focuses on several of the talents celebrities are famous for including acting, music, and modeling. And to add to that great YALSA list, be sure to check out the 2012 Fabulous Films for Young Adults: Song and Dance list. Combining books and movies is always a winning combination for any movie buff.

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