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Victory

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Two children cross an ocean, two hundred years apart. One is Sam Robbins, a powder monkey aboard HMS Victory, the ship in which Lord Nelson will die a hero's death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The other is Molly Jennings, a present-day English girl transplanted from London to America, fighting a battle of her own against loss and loneliness. This extraordinary time-shifting adventure tells the interwoven stories of Sam and Molly, linked by a mystery. Sam is a farm boy, press ganged to serve in the Royal Navy. In the dangerous world of a warship enduring the Napoleonic Wars, he meets both cruelty and kindness, and survives a fearsome battle whose echoes reach through the years to involve Molly as well. Like him, she has lost her childhood but will find her future, with help from a very unexpected source. Two lives joined forever by the touch of Nelson, the greatest sailor of all time.show more

Product details

  • 9+
  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 17mm | 192g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552554154
  • 9780552554152
  • 489,163

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"Meticulously researched and written with economy and sympathy" -- Amanda Craig * The Times * "Themes of loss, displacement and - eventually - adjustment and acceptance link two very different narrative strands in this evocative novel . . . The historical background is meticulously researched but above all this is an engrossing story for children to enjoy" -- Kate Agnew * Guardian * "Susan Cooper hits top form with Victory . . . A rousing yarn, crammed with enough accurate detail to keep any history teacher more than happy" -- Nick Tucker * Independent * "Susan Cooper shows great empathy for her characters . . . this is masterful historical writing which vividly brings the past to life" * Publishing News * "The emotional demands of contemporary family life are beautifully counter-pointed with the privations of early 19th century seafaring . . . An evocative novel" -- Lesley Agnew * The Bookseller *show more

About Susan Cooper

Susan Cooper is a world-renowned author of children's books. Born in 1935 and brought up in England, she worked as a journalist before moving to America, where she now lives. Her fabulous The Dark is Rising sequence has won the Newbery Medal and been twice nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Her Boggart titles have won the Scottish Arts Council Children's Book Award and been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. King of Shadows was also shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. As well as writing novels, Susan Cooper writes successful plays, and screenplays for film and television.show more

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Sam Robbins is a farm boy, kidnapped and forced to serve aboard HMS Victory, Lord Nelson's ship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. At first Sam is terrified and seasick, but in the rowdy, dangerous warship, he transforms himself into a sailor and survives a fearsome and bloody battle, the echoes of which reach through the years to touch Molly Jennings. She is a modern-day English girl forced to live with her new step-family in America, and she too is fighting a battle against loss and loneliness. This extraordinary time-shifting adventure tells the interwoven stories of Sam and Molly, linked by a mystery. Two lives joined for ever by the touch of Nelson, one of the greatest sailors of all time. 'A writer of great integrity and skill, whose influence and importance in the field of children's fantasy will be felt for a long time' PHILIP PULLMAN 'Susan Cooper hits top form with Victory' INDEPENDENT 'Above all this is an engorssing story' GUARDIANshow more

Review Text

"Susan Cooper shows great empathy for her characters . . . this is masterful historical writing which vividly brings the past to life"show more

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545 ratings
3.58 out of 5 stars
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4 38% (207)
3 34% (186)
2 8% (44)
1 3% (15)
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