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Beyond the Western Sea, Book Two: Lord Kirkle's Money
Jackson/Orchard, [400p], $19.99 and $18.95. 1996

Best Books:

Best Children's Books of the Year, 1996 ; Bank Street College of Education; United States
Books in the Middle: Outstanding Books, 1996 ; Voice of Youth Advocates; United States
Capitol Choices, 1996 ; The Capitol Choices Committee; United States
Lasting Connections, 1996 ; American Library Association; United States
Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000 ; H.W. Wilson; United States
Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005 ; H.W. Wilson; United States
Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of the Social Studies, 1996 ; National Council for the Social Studies NCSS; United States

State and Provincial Reading Lists:

Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award, 1998 ; Nominee; Vermont

Reading Measurement Programs:

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 6
Title Point Value 23
Lexile Measure 690


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.

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.

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English (eng)
- 0531088707
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