Synopses & Reviews
LIVING CENTURIES APART, BUT JOINED IN AN EPIC BATTLE. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Sam Robbins is a farm boy, kidnapped to serve on HMS Victory, the ship on which Lord Nelson will die a hero's death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Molly Jennings is a twenty-first-century English girl transplanted to the United States by her stepfather's job, who's fighting her own battle against loss and loneliness. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Two lives that couldn't be more different, two hundred years apart, are linked by a tiny scrap of fraying cloth, tucked into an old book. It draws Molly into Sam's world, to a moment in time that changed history -- a frightening shared moment that holds the key to secrets from the past and hope for the future.
"A vivid historical tale within the framework of a compelling modern story." - andlt;iandgt;Booklistandlt;/iandgt;, starred review
"[A] compelling, tautly rigged tale." - andlt;iandgt;Kirkus Reviewsandlt;/iandgt;, starred review
"[A] compelling, taughtly rigged tale." < -="" i="" -=""> - Kirkus Reviews - < -="" -=""> - , starred review
“A vivid historical tale within the framework of a compelling modern story.” < -="" i="" -=""> - Booklist - < -="" -=""> - , starred review
“A riveting independent read.” < -="" i="" -=""> - BCCB - < -="" -="">
“Cooper’s deep, organic interweaving of themes of memory and heritage, dream and bereavement, and her persistent imagery of the sea and sailing make this a powerful, demanding novel…It rewards rereading and reminds us that in historical fiction, ordinary words, intently arranged and deliberately paced, can offer an intense vision and emotional transport that constitute a voyage of their own.” < -="" i="" -=""> - The Horn Book - < -="" -="">
“Cooper, a Newbery medalist, has interwoven history and fantasy before…but nowhere, I think, has she done it more hauntingly or gracefully than in this loving tribute to Nelson....” < -="" i="" -=""> - The Washington Post - < -="" -="">
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
andlt;bandgt;Susan Cooperandlt;/bandgt; is the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. Her classic five-book fantasy sequence The Dark Is Rising won the Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor and has sold millions of copies worldwide. She is also the author of andlt;Iandgt;Victoryandlt;/iandgt;, a andlt;Iandgt;Booklistandlt;/iandgt; Top Ten Historical Fiction for Youth book and a andlt;Iandgt;Washington Postandlt;/iandgt; Top Ten for Children novel; andlt;Iandgt;King of Shadowsandlt;/iandgt;, a andlt;Iandgt;Boston Globe-Horn Bookandlt;/iandgt; Award Honor book; andlt;Iandgt;The Boggartandlt;/iandgt;; andlt;Iandgt;Seawardandlt;/iandgt;; and many other acclaimed novels for young readers and listeners. She lives in Massachusetts, and you can visit her online at TheLostLand.com.