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Beyond the Western Sea, Book 1
Scholastic, 1996
The Escape from Home (Beyond the Western Sea, Book 1)
Hardcover, 1996

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Escape from Home
(Beyond the Western Sea, Book 1)

In 1851, Maura and Patrick O'Connell, driven from their Irish home by a cruel English landlord, join the landlord's younger son, Laurence Kirkle, fleeing an abusive family situation, on a journey that takes them to the port of Liverpool on the first step of their quest to reach America.

Book 2: Into the Storm

Story Behind the Story

I had been visiting schools that year, importantly, long before the lengthy Harry Potter books were so popular. I had begun asking students what they were reading. A surprising number of them were telling me they were reading novels by Stephen King. The surprise— (to me and to their teachers)—was that these kids were reading truly long books. Moreover, they were reading them very much on their own. The lesson? If they liked the stories, kids would read long books.

Having already published books that had become popular—for instance, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle—I had become used to the question, “Are you going to do a sequel?” Other books of mine had elicited that same question. read more

Awards and Honors

Best Books for Young Adults, ALA, 1997
Best Books of the Year, Booklinks, 1996
Best Books of the Year, Booklist, 1996
Booklist, 1996, starred review
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 1997, Blue Ribbon
National Council Social Studies/Children's Book Council, 1997, Notable
New York Public Library, Best Books of the Year, 1996
Children's choice nominee, Vermont


“[A] … pulsing 1850s emigrant adventure… . packed with action and with a huge cast of villains and heroes… . Great for reading aloud, the vivid scenes and larger-than-life characters also lend themselves to readers' theater. The comedy is both grotesque and sinister. As in Dickens' works, coincidence is not just a plot surprise but a revelation that those who appear to be far apart—the powerful and the ‘failures’—are, in fact, intimately connected.” (Booklist)

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