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andlt;bandgt;andlt;bigandgt; Two Children,andlt;BRandgt; Two Struggles,andlt;BRandgt; One Battle... andlt;/bigandgt;andlt;/bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; One child is Sam Robbins, a powder monkey aboard HMS andlt;iandgt;Victory,andlt;/iandgt; the ship in which Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson will die a hero's death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The other is Molly Jennings, an English girl transplanted from London to the United States in 2006, fighting a battle of her own against loss and loneliness. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; This extraordinary time-shifting adventure tells the interwoven stories of Sam and Molly, linked by a mystery. Sam is a farm boy, kidnapped at eleven years old by the "press gang" to serve in the Royal Navy. At first terrified and seasick, Sam is transformed gradually into a sailor. In the rowdy, dangerous world of a hundred-gun warship enduring the Napoleonic Wars, he meets both cruelty and kindness, and survives a fearsome battle whose echoes reach through the years to involve Molly as well. Like Sam, Molly has lost her childhood but will find her future, with help from a very unexpected source. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Separate yet together, Sam Robbins and Molly Jennings struggle through fear and excitement to a final ordeal that terrifyingly tests their courage. And the moving climax of the book shows two lives joined forever by the touch of Nelson, one of the greatest sailors of all time.

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"In alternating chapters, Newbery Medalist Cooper (The Dark Is Rising) tells the stories of 11-year-old Molly, a contemporary homesick Londoner transplanted to the U.S. because of her mother's remarriage, and Sam, also 11, a 19th-century ship's boy aboard the HMS Victory. Sam also has a new home — he's been pressed into service by the Royal Navy and assigned to kitchen duties on Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson's battleship. Initially, the connection between these two children, disparate in time, circumstance and locale, seems tenuous — tied only by a biography of Nelson that Molly buys from a bookstore. But when Molly finds a historical artifact hidden inside the book, she begins having strange visions about Sam, his ship and the brutal sea battles of the Napoleonic Wars. These images resurrect lost memories of her late father, whose plane plunged into the Atlantic years earlier. Cooper tells Molly's story in present-tense, third-person narration, then switches to past-tense, first-person for Sam's chapters, a stylistic choice that makes the stories distinct but the shift between them jarring. While Molly's upheaval is emotionally rendered, Sam's tale bogs down in period detail about the workaday grind of seamanship. The resolution relies on an improbable coincidence to bring the two stories together, but provides a hopeful future for Molly. Ages 9-12. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

A Newbery Medalist delivers an enthralling family saga in which two children cross an ocean 200 hundred years apart: Sam in 1805, and Molly in 2005. Separate yet together, Sam and Molly struggle through fear and excitement to a final ordeal that terrifyingly tests their courage.

About the Author

Susan Cooper, one of today’s most distinguished children's book writers, won a Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor for books in her fantasy sequence, The Dark is Rising. She is also the author of King of Shadows, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book; Seaward; Victory; Ghost Hawk; and Green Boy, which was called “an intriguing and truly lovely book” by the New York Times Book Review. She lives in Massachusetts, and you can visit her online at TheLostLand.com

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Linda, October 23, 2006 (view all comments by Linda)
Adjusting to change is not isolated only to the teen years! The experience which Susan Cooper writes about in "Victory" could be for any age -- it's hard to adjust to married life, to widowhood or to old age. Ms. Cooper's use of alternating between a young man entering teenage years in the early 1800's on a British sailing ship and a young teenage girl in 2006 being transplanted from Britian to the US works amazingly well. I felt like I was on the ship with Sam and because of that writing, when Molly visits the restored HMS Victory, it feels just as real with her experience, as unbelievable as it is. Her Granddad sounds wonderful -- all that a grandparent should be. A good addition for any library -- wouldn't this be a treat to find in a Mom and Dad's shelf of reading material? Just right for that rainy day when work, housework or homework sounds so deary -- escape to a seamlessly woven story of past and present.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416914778
Author:
Cooper, Susan
Publisher:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Historical - Military & Wars
Subject:
Family - Stepfamilies
Subject:
Sea stories
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Great Britain History, Naval 19th century.
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Repackage
Publication Date:
July 2006
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c jkt; b-w int photo
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in
Age Level:
09-12

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Product details 208 pages Margaret K. McElderry Books - English 9781416914778 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In alternating chapters, Newbery Medalist Cooper (The Dark Is Rising) tells the stories of 11-year-old Molly, a contemporary homesick Londoner transplanted to the U.S. because of her mother's remarriage, and Sam, also 11, a 19th-century ship's boy aboard the HMS Victory. Sam also has a new home — he's been pressed into service by the Royal Navy and assigned to kitchen duties on Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson's battleship. Initially, the connection between these two children, disparate in time, circumstance and locale, seems tenuous — tied only by a biography of Nelson that Molly buys from a bookstore. But when Molly finds a historical artifact hidden inside the book, she begins having strange visions about Sam, his ship and the brutal sea battles of the Napoleonic Wars. These images resurrect lost memories of her late father, whose plane plunged into the Atlantic years earlier. Cooper tells Molly's story in present-tense, third-person narration, then switches to past-tense, first-person for Sam's chapters, a stylistic choice that makes the stories distinct but the shift between them jarring. While Molly's upheaval is emotionally rendered, Sam's tale bogs down in period detail about the workaday grind of seamanship. The resolution relies on an improbable coincidence to bring the two stories together, but provides a hopeful future for Molly. Ages 9-12. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , A Newbery Medalist delivers an enthralling family saga in which two children cross an ocean 200 hundred years apart: Sam in 1805, and Molly in 2005. Separate yet together, Sam and Molly struggle through fear and excitement to a final ordeal that terrifyingly tests their courage.
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