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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: The Curse of the Jolly Stone Trilogy
  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf (June 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440419336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440419334
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.7 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,022,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 5-9–Readers in search of swashbuckling adventure, gripping plot twists, and hair-raising encounters will gravitate to this sequel to The Convicts (Delacorte, 2005). Set on the high seas during the 1820s, the story follows the adventures of Tom Tin and a handful of very bad and not-so-bad boys who are being transported from London to Australia to serve out their prison terms. The first of many outrageous coincidences is that, while Tom is a prisoner below decks, his own father is at the helm. But the hapless captain, who is being persecuted by the sinister, offstage Mr. Goodfellow, can't do much to help. Tom and his blind friend, Midgely, decide that they must escape and return to England to dig up the jewel that Tom has hidden. Unfortunately, a gang of cruel and vengeful boys comes with them. Every turn of the plot becomes more far-fetched as the boys encounter an Alexander Selkirk-like castaway, a missionary's daughter (beautiful, of course), Komodo dragons, and the cannibals. The mood is as much fantastic as it is Dickensian. There is a hard edge to the violence, but there are moments of humor and caring as well. Readers are well set up for a planned third book. A well-researched author's note gives a short history of convict transport to Australia and recounts the true story of Mary Bryant who, with 10 others, fled in a small boat from Botany Bay to Timor, a distance of over 3000 miles. In that context, Tom Tin's adventures seem a shade more plausible.–Carolyn Lehman, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
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"Fire-breathing monsters, headless corpses, gigantic snakes, a mysterious woman, and islands full of cannibals make this high-spirited, old-fashioned adventure tale, complete with cliffhanger chapter endings, a treat."—Kirkus Reviews

"Offers a Robert Louis Stevenson brand of excitement that will draw fans of exotic adventure tales."—Publishers Weekly

"Readers in search of swashbuckling adventure, gripping plot twists, and hair-raising encounters will gravitate to this sequel to The Convicts."—School Library Journal

"Lawrence keeps the reader on edge."—The Horn Book Magazine

"Excellent writing. . . . The action comes at breakneck speed."—VOYA

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Some scenes are very graphic in nature and are VERY well written.
krey
It was fun to read, as were the other two books, even if I am pushing 60 and these books were intended for younger teernagers.
Steven Watson
Read to find out if all the characters make it to the last page of the book.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Tom was a boy in the 1700s sent on a prison hulk for a murder he had committed in self-defense: He had found a giant diamond in the muck that an old blind man wanted. As the blind man was strangling Tom for the treasure, Tom hit him hard with the diamond.

Tom, three of his enemies, and two of his friends escape from his father's ship that was heading to a prison in Australia. The escapees, on a longboat, head off, trying to find Little Midgely's Elephant Island. They wreck on an island where they find a jolly gentleman with an ax, and a gypsy. The half-dying gypsy, an ax blow in his head, says, "The man with the ax is a liar. He has almost killed me and he's killed the five others." The boys find themselves chased by cannibals and head hunters. Read to find out if all the characters make it to the last page of the book.

The characters were amazing. Their personalities kept unfolding. I especially loved Midgely, a little blind boy who could see more than most people without even using his eyes. This series really made me realize how inhumanely convicts were treated back then, even child convicts. Also, people might show cartoons of cannibals as stupid people with a big boiling pot, but the book showed that they are smart, strong and dangerous, and they have succeeded enough times to have a tradition for what they do with their victims, which is the scariest part. As you can see, this is a thrilling, mind boggling, breathtaking book, SO READ IT!

Kate M.
Grade 6
Ms. Kawatachi
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Teen Reads on February 1, 2006
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Young Tom Tin has been wrongly accused of murder by a powerful man in London who wants both Tom and his father out of the city. In spite of his youth, Tom is wise beyond his years as he believes that fate is responsible for the troubles of his family. As is the custom of British law in the 1820s, convicts are routinely shipped from London to prison colonies in Australia. Tom is among a group of juvenile delinquents sailing in a cramped ship to "seven years in chains" across the Pacific Ocean. In an awkward but fruitful twist of events, Tom is bound for the penal colonies on a ship whose captain he is somewhat familiar with.

"A tangled fate had made my father my jailer, and now he was sailing me beyond the seas, in a ship that had been a slaver. He was the captain and I was a convict."

Tom's father is immediately caught up in a gut-wrenching decision between family and duty when his son informs him that he intends to escape from the ship before it reaches Australia.

"We want to escape," I said. Father looked surprised. His mouth, for a moment, gaped open. Then a hearty laugh came out. "Escape?" he asked. His hand motioned toward the huge sea. "To where?"

Because Tom is his son and because he thinks he can right the injustices brought against his family if they return to England, Captain Tin agrees to "look the other way" when Tom and his friend escape. They plan to meet later, if the boys survive, on an obscure island.

Survive what? Headhunters, dragons, flocks of birds, fire, pirates, bats, sailor's superstitions, pythons, traps, a cursed diamond --- and the fear of being captured by the man-eaters who inhabit the nearby islands!
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By Steven Watson on April 10, 2014
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This is book two as the header says. It was fun to read, as were the other two books, even if I am pushing 60 and these books were intended for younger teernagers. Try the series if you like action books.
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