- File Size: 4848 KB
- Print Length: 337 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1616205652
- Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers (January 29, 2019)
- Publication Date: January 29, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079VV42FS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,475,218 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In his desperate struggle for survival, Oliver steals some money from a wrecked ship. The penalty is hanging or being shipped to America for a seven year stint as an indentured servant. We open with Oliver’s Transport from England to America. A young boy, shackled to his fellow prisoners, enduring inedible food, filthy conditions, and deadly storms as they voyage across the Atlantic. But the hazardous shipboard journey is nothing compared to the peril that waits him on the colonial shores. Toward the end of the journey, the prisoners are treated more humanely in order to make them more presentable to potential buyers.
Unfortunately, I guess, Oliver is young and not a desired servant. He is sent to another filthy situation, jail. Eventually a buyer does show and Oliver’s indentured servitude is purchased by the foul, miserly Fitzhugh, who may have murdered his own servant who tried to flee Fitzhugh’s cruelty. On this isolated tobacco farm, Oliver’s only companion is an enslaved African boy named Bara. Oliver and Bara become fast friends with the same powerful goal: to escape their murderous master.
Oliver, being separated from him sister, Charity, is on a quest to find her. She was brought somewhere in the colonies on a different ship. Bara’s dream is of reaching a community of free black people in the cypress swamp who may help him gain his liberty. But first the boys must flee Fitzhugh’s plantation and outrun their brutal master and the multitude of dangers that lurk in the swamp.
This is a work of historical fiction. Readers will become familiar with felon indentured servitude, and the legendary Maroons which was new to me. The disparity between the haves and the have-nots in 18th century Britain and the harsh laws of that time along the great cruelties inflicted on people and children who were simply trying to survive makes this book a heart stopping tale of survival.
Avi presents the story of Oliver Cromwell Pitts in the style of an 18th Century memoir.
The story is sober look into the violent racist period of the time so reader be prepared for some disturbing events in a young boy’s life.
Thank you Algonquin Young Readers and Netgally for the opportunity to read the ARC of this fine work.
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars
I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher, Algonquin Young Readers, for providing me with this ARC.
This second book in the Oliver Cromwell Pitts series picked right up where the first left off. Oliver is on his way to the colonies to work as an indentured servant. The book throws us right into the action, but I did find it to be slower in some parts and a lot more rushed than the first book. Don’t get me wrong, it was still an exciting read, but I do wish that it had been a little bit longer for us to explore the world a little bit longer.
I really liked the characters and how a lot of the old faces popped up. I also enjoyed the new characters and how they added to the story. I really do hope to see a lot of them in the later books. I did find it kind of odd how everyone from England seemed to end up in the same place. I would had liked to see a bit more of struggle on that end. I mean, it was just perfect timing for everything that happened here and sometimes it really didn’t make any sense.
I really liked the history involved in the book. My fifth graders are currently studying colonial history and I think this would be a great addition to that unit. It is written to appeal to that age group and I can really see a lot of my kids getting into it. The writing is very simple and engaging that they would just jump right into it. It is teaching them without being really obvious about it. With middle school readers, you do have to kind of sneaky and creative whenever it comes down to getting them excited about reading.
So, Avi is one of those authors who I am still on the fence about rather or not I like his work. He has a way of making you feel for the characters and being thrown right into the adventure. His books are very smooth and very fun, but it lacks any kind of peril. We always know that the characters are going out and there’s just not that sense of life or death. I know this is for kids, but I think his books would gain a lot more readers if he would just add in that element.
This is the first book I've read by Avi, though I've been aware of his name, through the Newberry Award lists. I wish I'd had the opportunity to read the first book in the series, 'The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts.' I would highly recommend reading the books in order, since valuable information would have been gained about Oliver and his present situation.
This was an easily read story about arriving in America in a less than desirable way. Avi's descriptive language allows you to explore the swamp with Oliver, touch the fish, flee from the snake and feel his fear of Fitzhugh or being recaptured.
This is a perfect book for those learning about American history.
I had no idea England would send criminals over to the colonies, until I read this book. And to think they would send someone as young as 6 was disturbing! This story gave me an insight into the young colonies of America. I live in Maryland and this story is based in Annapolis. I found this so interesting.
You must go read this story right now, especially if you love historical fiction. You won't be disappointed!!