2012 Audie Award Winner
A Junior Library Guild Selection
A Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of the Year
A 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults, American Library Association
2012 Claudia Lewis Award for Poetry, Bankstreet College Children’s Book Committee
A 2012 Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) best book
A masterpiece. Wolf leaves no emotion unplumbed, no area of research uninvestigated, and his voices are so authentic they hurt. Everyone should read it. Outstanding, insightful back matter completes this landmark work.
Booklist, Starred Review
A lyrical, monumental work of fact and imagination that reads like an oral history revved up by the drama of the event.
Kirkus Review, Starred Review
Several concrete poems add visual interest; the Iceberg poems gradually get shorter as the monster melts, and the melee above decks is shown through a series of four-line poems surrounded by snippets of frantic conversation that converge in the gutter. As the ship sinks, the words of shipbuilder Thomas Andrews’s poem tilt and then drop off the page.
Horn Book Magazine, Starred Review
Wolf’s carefully crafted characters evolve as the voyage slides to its icy conclusion; readers may be surprised by the potency of the final impact.
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
A well-detailed and historically accurate portrayal of the events and brings the feelings and emotions of the characters alive.
Library Media Connection, Starred Review
Talented poet, Allan Wolf, incorporates both accurate historical accounts and his own speculative research into his captivating novel in verse, an imagined account of the Titanic’s ill fated voyage.
School Library Journal, Starred Review
The poet’s commemoration of the Titanic disaster is a unique account among the numerous books scheduled for release in the run up to April 15, 2012, the centenary of the sinking, and lovers of poetry and Titanica alike will revel in its pages.
Allan Wolf has combined meticulous research with open-hearted poetry to craft the story of the Titanic in a fresh and compelling way. A remarkable accomplishment.
Helen Frost, author of Crossing Stones and Hidden
Allan Wolf has imagined his way deep into the cold, dark waters of history and has come back carrying a couple of dozen voices that he discovered there, voices whose authenticity is not only convincing but compelling.
Ted Kooser, former U.S. Poet Laureate and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Junior Library Guild