The Watch That Ends the Night by Allan Wolf
Voices from the Titanic

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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
 

About Allan Wolf

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Allan Wolf, an expert poet and storyteller, is the author of the award-winning novels NEW FOUND LAND:LEWIS AND CLARK'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY and ZANE'S TRACE. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
 
Published October 11, 2011 by Candlewick. 480 pages
Genres: Young Adult. Fiction

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The undertaker, out of Halifax, is the first voice, penultimate voice and intermittent commentator, gathering floating clumps of corpses in “a dead man’s sad regatta.” The iceberg, the voice of the ages, floats with a primordial indifference… but with a plan.

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Wolf (Zane's Trace) constructs a richly textured novel in verse that recreates the Titanic's ill-fated journey, predominantly through the voices of her passengers.

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Historical Novel Society

with the exception of only one, all were real passengers aboard the ship, and all were changed forever when destiny met a silent, waiting iceberg in the dark of the ocean.

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There will be many books published on the Titanic this year, but whilst some will appeal solely to the Titanic devotee, The Watch That Ends the Night is an intelligent account for older children, but deserves to be enjoyed by a far wider audience.

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Birmingham Public Library

Written in verse, it is the story of the Titanic from its launch to its sinking, told in twenty-four different voices, including those of third class passengers, first class passengers, crew, and even the iceberg.

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