Escape From Home (Paperback)
|Avi''s suspense-filled, seafaring adventure gets a bold new package--previously titled "Beyond the Western Sea, Book 1: Escape from Home." Reissue.|
From the Publisher:
Avi's suspense-filled, seafaring adventure gets a bold new package!
It's 1851. Fifteen-year-old Maura O'Connell and her twelve-year-old brother Patrick are about to set sail on an epic voyage to America to flee the brutal poverty of Ireland and to be reunited with their father.
Eleven-year-old Laurence Kirkle, the son of an English lord, runs away from home to escape his cruel older brother and start a new life in a new world.
All three children face nothing but obstacles along the way--from stolen money to con men to hunger and fatigue. It seems that none of them will get out of the port city of Liverpool until fate brings them together.
Avi's masterful plot-spinning skills create an adventure filled with unexpected twists and turns.
A continuation of the story began in "Escape From Home". Here siblings Maura and Patrick O'Connell board a ship bound for America in an attempt to escape from their English landlord. Also aboard the ship is Sir Laurence Kirkle, an aristocratic runaway who the siblings have helped stowaway on the boat. Eventually, Maura, Patrick, and Sir Laurence find themselves living in Lowell, Massachusetts where they all must struggle to survive.
"The portrayal of 19th century anti-Irish feeling will be an eye-opener for many readers and may prompt a few thoughtful ones to ponder present-day parallels." - Kathleen Beck December 1996 Washington Post Book World
"Vivid historical details...lend palpable immediacy to high drama of suspense." - Carol Van Strum 12/08/1996 Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"The suspense and the shifting among various points of view are expertly deployed but do become slightly mechanical towards the last pages; you still won't be able to stop reading." - Roger Sutton February 1996