“Beyond the Western Sea - The Escape from Home” by Avi

Book Cover Art for The Escape from Home, Beyond the Western Sea by Avi“The Escape from Home” by Avi is book one in the two part “Beyond the Western Sea” series. This amazing historical fiction adventure explores the experiences and feelings of three children as they leave their homelands and set off for America, the New World.

Two of these children, Maura O’Connell, age fifteen, and Patrick O’Connell, age twelve, are from Ireland. At the start of the story they are living in a small village called Kilonny with their mother. Gregory O’Connell, the father of Maura and Patrick, emigrated from Ireland to America to try to find work. For nearly a year they have received no news from him, and they are beginning to fear that he has not survived the dangerous passage over the Western Sea. But then they receive a letter from him containing fifteen pounds, which Maura, Patrick, and their mother are to use to buy passage to America.

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Review of "Beyond the Western Sea - The Escape From Home" by Avi

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Inkweaver Review 2009-06-30T09:51:00-05:00

5 replies so far. What are your thoughts?

Becky said...

This looks like a great book for my 10 year old daughter. Lately I have been reading a lot of historical fiction books- in fact I just finished one this week titled, The Shopkeeper by James D. Best- a great story about a man who travels from NY to the wild west (1879) and writes about his adventures along the way. I have felt as though it is just a little too mature for her, but think that this series would be perfect for her. Thank you for the great tip!

NathanKP said...

Yes, "Beyond the Western Sea" is very clean, and well suited for the younger age group. A lot of historical fiction tends to mix in all sorts of violence, sex, etc, but Avi's historical fiction series is very good.

I think that your daughter will definitely enjoy the series.

Becky said...

I think she is going to love it! Thanks again for mentioning it.

Anonymous said...

this book is awsome i've read it i like reading it over and over again

Anonymous said...

Who does patrick throw a rock at in the book?Other wise great book