Beyond the Western Sea, Book Two: Lord Kirkle's Money

Author Avi
Language English
Recorded Books, 1997

Subjects :

  • England
  • Fiction
  • Runaways
  • Fiction.
  • Emigration and immigration
  • Adventure and adventurers

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Best Books :

  • Best Children's Books of the Year Bank Street College of Education
  • Books in the Middle: Outstanding Books Voice of Youth Advocates
  • Capitol Choices The Capitol Choices Committee
  • Lasting Connections American Library Association
  • Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition H.W. Wilson
  • Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition H.W. Wilson
  • Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of the Social Studies National Council for the Social Studies NCSS

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award; Nominee Vermont

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Reading Measurement Programs:

Jackson/Orchard [400p] $19.99 and $18.95. () 1996.

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 6
Accelerated Reader Points 23

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Reviews :

Susie Wilde (Children's Literature)
Avi launched his trilogy, "Beyond the Western Sea," beginning with The Escape from Home which follows the lives of three young adults ready to emigrate to America. A brother and sister, from Ireland are going to join their father and a young English lord, is running away from home to escape the cruelty of his brother and the shame of a theft he's committed. The story continues in Lord Kirkle's Money, where we see the characters struggle to find their ways in America against the backdrop of the Lowell mills and Irish prejudice. Readers follow them through a setting that brings alive the period, and the action is filled with cliff-hangers reminiscent of serials written in the time period of the setting and characters that are downright Dickensian. 1996, Orchard, $18.95 and $19.99. Ages 12 up.
(PUBLISHER: Jackson/Orchard [400p] $19.99 and $18.95., PUBLISHED: 1996)

Elizabeth Bush (The Bulletin of the Center for Children s Books, December 1996 (Vol. 50, No. 4))
At the conclusion of Book One, exhausted emigrants Patrick and Maura were awaiting their steerage berth assignments, errant Sir Laurence was stowed away in a crate in the Robert Peel's hold, and readers were clenching their teeth firmly on their fingernails. Scarcely skipping a heartbeat between volumes, Avi lashes the action along, setting old enemies on the trio's trail and new obstacles in their path, most formidable of which is the Order of the Star-spangled Banner, an anti-immigrant organization lying in ambush in the children's promised land of Lowell, Massachusetts. Luckily, new allies join the side of the angels: Nathaniel, Da's teenaged roommate; the Hamlyns, kindly boarding house owners; even the once-treacherous Mr. Grout, now repentant and zealously atoning for past misdeeds. Taut and ingenious plotting, breakneck pacing, and meticulously timed shifts among story lines easily counter the Dickensian heft of the saga, and readers can expect to put their own lives on hold until the last villain is punished, all heroes and heroines are rewarded, and the back cover is slapped shut with a sigh of relief. R*--Highly recommended as a book of special distinction. Reviewed from galleys (c) Copyright 1996, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1996, Jackson/Orchard, [400p], $19.99 and $18.95. Grades 6-9.
(PUBLISHER: Jackson/Orchard [400p] $19.99 and $18.95., PUBLISHED: 1996)

Sheila H. Williams (KLIATT Review, July 1998 (Vol. 32, No. 4))
The day has finally come when the characters introduced in Book One of this series are on board the Robert Peel, headed for America. Patrick and Maura O'Con- nell are to meet their father in Boston and accompany him to Lowell where he is employed in the cotton mills. Laurence Kirkle, running away from his unhealthy family situation, is stowed away in the hold of the ship, waiting for Patrick to bring him food. The actor Horatio Drab- ble has decided that he is in love with Maura and asks for her hand in marriage. A little girl, Bridy, becomes Maura's charge after she is orphaned during the voyage. Mr. Clemspool and Mr. Grout are berthed in a first-class stateroom thanks to their theft of Lord Kirkle's money. Laurence is determined to get the money back in spite of the risk of apprehension as a stowaway. Mr. Shagwell, mill owner and penniless financier, is trying to woo the cash from Clemspool and Grout. Meanwhile, Nath- aniel Brewster, Mr. O'Connell's roommate in Lowell, promises the dying man that he will help the O'Connell children when they reach Boston. Though steeped in history and touching on sensitive subjects such as the anti-immigration backlash of the 1850s, this odd collection of characters and situations is just plain fun. Listeners will not want to take off the headphones as the melodrama unfolds. An accomplished and distinguished reader, Prebble adds a touch of class to this historical fiction. His beautiful accent shines through the characterizations and enlivens the penny-dreadful writing style for a thoroughly enjoyable recording. Recommended for recreational listening. Category: Fiction Audiobooks. KLIATT Codes: J--Recommended for junior high school students. 1997 (orig. 1996), Recorded Books, 9 tapes, 12.75 hrs. #95120.; Sturdy vinyl binder; plot notes., $75.00. Ages 12 to 15.
(PUBLISHER: Recorded Books, PUBLISHED: 1997.)

Recorded Books (Recorded Books, LLC.)
On a cold January day in 1851, twelve-year-old Patrick O Connell huddles on the deck of the Robert Peel. He is leaving his impoverished home behind in Ireland, while in America, his father is waiting with the promise of a new life. But as Patrick watches the shoreline fade from view, he feels torn with worry. His new friend Laurence Kirkle, who is running away from home, waits for food in the ship s hold. If the captain finds the young stowaways, both boys will be arrested. Will Patrick and his companion be able to reach America safely? A master storyteller, Avi has won many awards including a Newbery Award and Newbery Honor. In this dramatic tale, he vividly depicts the overwhelming difficulties Irish immigrants faced in the mid-1800s. From the unsettling opening to the astonishing finish, Simon Prebble expertly narrates the biting irony and riveting suspense of each exciting plot twist. If you enjoy Patrick s thrilling travels, you won t want to miss his exciting adventures before sailing for America in Beyond the Western Sea Book One: The Escape from Home (RB# 95119). n.d., Recorded Books, Unabridged Cassette - Library Edition; 95120, $80.75. Ages 10 to 14.
(PUBLISHER: Recorded Books, PUBLISHED: 1997.)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
Recorded Books, 1997

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
Unabridged; narrated by Simon Prebble.
Jackson/Orchard [400p] $19.99 and $18.95., 1996

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