Can you believe April 2012 marks the one hundred year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic? If it feels like “old news,” trust me, it won’t when you read The Watch That Ends the Night by Allan Wolf!
This novel in verse is unlike anything you have read before. The author brings twenty-four real Titanic passengers vividly to life through poems from each person’s point of view. There’s E.J. Smith, the captain … John Jacob Astor, the millionaire … the “Unsinkable” socialite Molly Brown … along with refugees, immigrants, and teenagers bound for America. My personal favorite passenger is the ship’s rat, who scuttles, sniffs, and snacks his way from one end of the boat to the other. The most haunting poems of all are told from the point of view of the iceberg itself:
“I’ve traveled southward many weeks,
for now that my emergence is complete
there is a certain ship I long to meet.”
We all know what happened to the Titanic, but the story has never been told quite like this before. From the spine-chilling cover art to the creaking of the ship’s rivets, you will feel like you are THERE!
For more books about the Titanic, its lingering mysteries, or the world in 1912, check out the new library display and get on board with this epic anniversary!