The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic
The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic

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Annotation: Recreates the 1912 sinking of the Titanic as observed by millionaire John Jacob Astor, a beautiful young Lebanese refugee finding first love, "Unsinkable" Molly Brown, Captain Smith, and others including the iceberg itself.
Catalog Number: #69663
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2011
Edition Date: 2013
Pages: 466 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-7636-6331-X Perma-Bound: 0-605-59696-4
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-7636-6331-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-59696-2
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2010040150
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: English
Reviewing Agencies:
Starred Review for Horn Book
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ALA/YALSA Best Book For Young Adults
National Council For Social Studies Notable Children's Trade
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 457-466).
Word Count: 76,303
Reading Level: 4.7
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.7 / points: 11.0 / quiz: 146491 / grade: Upper Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.6 / points:18.0 / quiz:Q55314
Lexile: 750L

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.

Extensive back matter includes:

Author’s note
Morse code with messages to decipher
Titanic miscellany
Bibliography, articles, periodicals, government documents, discography


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