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Lord Kirkle's Money (Beyond the Western Sea, Book 2) Paperback – April 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Series: Beyond the Western Sea (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380728761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380728763
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,083,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

It is no small feat replicating the narrative style, character types and intricate plotting of a 19th-century serial novel, but Avi continues to accomplish the task with panache in Book Two of his ongoing saga about a family of poor Irish immigrants and the runaway son of an English lord. Just as good as its predecessor, The Escape from Home (Children's Forecasts, Apr. 1), this story begins where that book left off. Siblings Patrick and Maura O'Connell, aboard the Robert Peel on their way to meet their father in the U.S., are sharing cramped quarters with hundreds of other travelers. Lord Laurence Kirkle, robbed of his fortune, is a stowaway, while his two enemies, Mr. Clemspool and Mr. Grout, enjoy the comforts of first class accommodation. The stew of trouble that begins to simmer on ship comes to full boil when Patrick, Maura and Laurence finally set foot on land and discover just what kind of opportunity awaits them in America. Poverty, wretched working conditions, anti-Irish sentiments and news of Mr. O'Connell's death are only a few of the obstacles crossing the youngsters' paths. The future holds some promise for the characters by the time this book ends, but plenty of loose ends remain to whet appetites for another installment. Adventure lovers should not be intimidated by the thickness of this volume. Its short chapters full of clever narrative hooks and fast-paced adventure will keep most readers on the edge of their seats. Ages 11-14.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 6-9?This sequel to Beyond the Western Sea: Book One (Orchard, 1996) continues the adventures of Patrick and Maura O'Connell and their friends Mr. Horatio Drabble and Laurence Kirkle as they sail to America. This book begins with the four on-board ship, with Laurence a stowaway and Maura, Patrick, and Mr. Drabble traveling in steerage. True to its Dickensian flavor, the villains are also on board. On arrival in Boston, all end up in the mill city of Lowell, MA. Patrick and Maura's father has died and the children find themselves facing anti-Irish sentiment, a greedy mill owner, poverty, inhuman working conditions, and, of course, all the villains. The action jumps back and forth from one person to another as their paths cross and recross. All characters "coincidentally" come together at the climax and the villains are vanquished. This is a well-written, but overly ambitious work that suffers from an overabundance of characters. The lack of a major hero and a primary villain fragments the work. Character development is minimal and the many different plots stop and start so often that the focus is lost. Avi's ability to use words and dialogue to develop a strong sense of time and place is evident and his theme that all people are created equal and that evil cannot be blamed on anything but evil individuals is strongly and clearly presented. For that reader who enjoys a well-written historical novel and who will not be deterred by the two-volume length or the complexity of the plots, this will satisfy if not excite.?Wendy D. Caldiero, New York Public Library
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

More info at avi-writer.com and facebook.com/avi.writer
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Avi is part of a family of writers extending back into the 19th century. Born in 1937 and raised in New York City, Avi was educated in local schools, before going to the Midwest and then back to NYC to complete his education. Starting out as a playwright--while working for many years as a librarian--he began writing books for young people when the first of his kids came along.

His first book was Things That Sometimes Happen, published in 1970, and recently reissued. Since then he has published seventy books. Winner of many awards, including the 2003 Newbery award for Crispin: the Cross of Lead (Hyperion), two Newbery Honors, two Horn Book awards, and an O'Dell award, as well as many children's choice awards, he frequently travels to schools around the country to talk to his readers.

Among his most popular books are Crispin: The Cross of Lead, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Nothing but the Truth, the Poppy books, Midnight Magic, and The Fighting Ground.

In 2008 he published The Seer of Shadows (HarperCollins), A Beginning a Muddle and an End (Harcourt), Hard Gold (Hyperion) and Not Seeing is Believing, a one-act play in the collection, Acting Out (Simon and Schuster). Crispin: the End of Time, the third in the Newbery Award-winning series, was published in 2010. City of Orphans was released in 2011, receiving a number of starred reviews. Learn more at Avi-writer.com. Follow Avi on Facebook, facebook.com/avi.writer, where he shares an inside look at his writing process.

Avi lives in Denver, Colorado, with his wife and family.

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Some of my students read Book 1 and they wanted to read Book 2.
JRP
Read it aloud to my 3rd grad daughter and she was interested all the way through, though I found it compelling reading for an adult.
Blaze 66
This was a very good book, but soemtimes I found that it dragged on a bit.
Alexandra

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
After I first finished book one in this series, I couldn't wait to read this one. Although it was a bit disturbing( personaly I don't like dramatic parts of books), I enjoyed this adventurous and captivating sequal to Escape From Home.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maryam on May 8, 2001
Format: Library Binding
This book has many characters so it would be hard for me to summarize a review of what it's about. What I can tell you is that I hadn't read the first book and I thought I would be confused while I read this book, but I drifted along with everything that happened. Much suspense and everytime on thing happens it is quickly changed by someone else. In the begin I thought it wasn't worth my time, but when I reached the middle I knew that it had to be 5 stars and nothing less!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
Lord Kirkle's Money picks right up from book one. As the O'Connells travel across the western sea they take in a girl on the same boat whose parents have died. The boat has an epidemic of ship fever. Patrick struggles to sneak his stowaway friend, Laurence, enough food. Meanwhile, Mr. Drabble, a companion of the O'Connells', teaches his rich friend proper grammar in order to make some money. The O'Connells are to be picked up by their father in America. Are they sure their father is still alive? If not, what will become of them? There are many people in America who will do almost anything to stop Irish and the other immigrants from staying in America. Where will Mr. Drabble go? Will the O'Connells survive? Avi has done it again! His book is filled with adventure. It would definitely go in my top 50 list. There are lots of problems and some how, everything ties in. Even though the words don't take you away, this book definitely has power. Avi puts in lots of conflict and gives every character strong feelings. Whether the character is good or evil, he or she does something for the opposite. Everything turns out okay,but are you sure that it's the way it should be? Avi's books are just inspirational.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 1999
Format: Library Binding
Beyond the Western Sea is a book of hope; the hope one family treasures. When two Irish children set off on a boat to meet their father in the unfamiliar world of America, there's trouble from the start. Maura O'Connell has enough worries watching after her wild brother, Patrick, without having to put up with Mr. Drabble, a man madly in love with her. Patrick has a boat full of his own secrets. But the long ride to America is just the beginning. America is full of the sorrow they wanted to leave behind in Ireland. My favorite character in this book is Laurence. Sir Laurence Kirkle left his home to get away from the thing the O'Connells pray for. What does Mr. Shagwell, the owner of the Lowell Mills, want with a street boy? Who is the man out to send all Irish immigrants back to their country? What secret does Laurence keep from his best friend? The only way to answer these questions is to travel Beyond the Western Sea.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 1998
Format: Library Binding
When my teacher made me read this book I thought Oh Great another long book. After a few chapters I couldn't stop. Avi is brilliant with these books 1 and 2. These two books are exciting, fun, and a cast of characters like you couldn't believe!I would not be suprised seeing the books in a Broadway Musical,you'd have to be crazy not to read these books. I cannot wait for Book 3, what happens with Grout, Laurence etc. If Avi reads this please e-mail me, after these books I almost worship you. Don't forget to read these books!!
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Format: Paperback
Beyond the Western Sea lets one see what terrible trials the Irish had to go through in the eighteen hundreds. They were tortured in Irealand by the English landowners, and in America, by the "Know Nothings"( A secret society of people who wanted America to remain Puritan and would stop at nothing to keep it so. They got their name because when ever they were asked about their group, they would say, "I know nothing" ). The Irish were treated like dogs by most of the people in America and England. All through the story though, the characters remain proud of their heritage and their religion. They do not wield to the will of their persecuters. This is a book that will inspire people who feel descriminated, to stand strong against their oppressors.

( It is also a good book for people who are fans of Charles Dickens).
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By Blaze 66 on June 10, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
captivating historical fiction, excellent character development. This sequel to Beyond the Western Sea does not disappoint. Illustrates the plight of the Irish immigrant in the United States mid 1800s. Read it aloud to my 3rd grad daughter and she was interested all the way through, though I found it compelling reading for an adult.
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