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 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 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.”