Victory by Susan Cooper


Victory by Susan Cooper

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.

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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

About the Author

Susan Cooper
Born in England, Susan Cooper was a reporter and feature writer for the London Sunday Times before coming to live in the United States. Her television screenplays for adults have received two Writers Guild Awards and two Emmy nominations. Susan Cooper lives in Connecticut with her actor husband, Hume Cronyn.

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272 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Publication date

1st February 2007



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