Candlewick Press

December 2011

$27.95 AU

480p hc

ISBN: 978-0763637033

The Watch That Ends The Night: voices from the Titanic

Allan Wolf


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.

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The Watch That Ends The Night by Allan Wolf is a verse novel about the Titanic. Allan Wolf researched and wrote the book from the point of view of 21 people aboard Titanic, 1 person from the Carpathia, and the Undertaker who collected 330 bodies after the incident. He also wrote from the point of view of a ship rat from aboard the Titanic and also the iceberg. He captured each person’s, animal and the iceberg’s personality perfectly.

Allan Wolf wrote his book through poetry. This made the book easier to understand and easier to read. In the book it was split into a Prelude, 8 chapters and a Postlude. At the end he has an Author’s Note, The Mystery Ship, Character Notes, Morse Code Messages, Miscellany, Bibliography and Acknowledgments.

When it came to the iceberg poems, I was a bit worried, I thought they wouldn’t be proper, but, the iceberg poems are my favourite. He described how the iceberg would see the ship and describe its journey to the ship.

The genre of this book would be historical-tragedy. I would recommend it to Year 7 and up. I recommend it to those ages because the story of the Titanic is an event in history that may upset younger readers. Adults may also pick this book up and enjoy it. I recommend to those who are interested in the stories of those aboard the Titanic.

Kate, age 13, Canberra, Australia

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