Cracking the Hub: Titanic: Voices from the Disaster

Hub Reading ChallengeI’m about a month into The Hub Challenge and have just finished my fourth book.

Titanic: Voices From the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson is narrative non-fiction investigating the facts and history surrounding the sinking of the Titanic. I’ve read other Titanic books with better pictures, and of course I’ve seen the movie . What this book does better is pull together primary sources: letters, newspapers, photographs, and journal entries from people who built, sailed, or worked on the Titanic.

Titanic was a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction, and I have to agree with the committee’s assessment. The stories were compelling. The writing style maintained a sense of suspense throughout. We might know how it ends for the Titanic before we start reading, but what happens to the families who were on the Titanic? That is where the suspense really lies.

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