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The end of the world and beyond : continues The unexpected life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts: being an absolutely accurate autobiographical account of my follies, fortune & fate written by himself
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9781616205652
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Young Readers, 2019.
Physical Description:
328 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Sequel to: The unexpected life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts.
Summary:
After his thievery conviction in 1724, Oliver Cromwell Pitts is sent from England across the Atlantic to America where he is enslaved on a tobacco farm, never giving up on finding his sister, Charity, brought to the colonies on a different ship.
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Summary

Convicted of thievery and transported from England to America, Oliver Cromwell Pitts, shackled to his fellow prisoners, endures inedible food, filthy conditions, and deadly storms on his voyage across the Atlantic. But the hazardous shipboard journey is nothing compared to the peril that waits for him on the colonial shores.

In Annapolis, Oliver's indentured servitude is purchased by the foul, miserly Fitzhugh, who may have murdered another servant. On Fitzhugh's isolated tobacco farm, Oliver's only companion is an enslaved boy named Bara. Oliver and Bara become fast friends with one powerful goal: to escape Fitzhugh. Oliver hopes he can find his sister, Charity, brought somewhere in the colonies on a different ship. Bara dreams 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 pursuer and the dangers that lurk in the swamp.


Author Notes

Avi was born in 1937, in the city of New York and raised in Brooklyn. He began his writing career as a playwright, and didn't start writing childrens books until he had kids of his own.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Booklist Review

*Starred Review* No, it's not the end of the world, though it might be the end of Oliver Cromwell Pitts, the plucky protagonist of Avi's earlier novel The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts (2017), who returns in this splendid sequel. The year is 1725, and 12-year-old Oliver, a convicted felon, is being transported to the Colonies, where he will be sold into de facto slavery, which means seven years of forced labor. Sure enough, he is bought by a vile man named Fitzhugh, who takes Oliver to slave in his tobacco fields. There he meets Fitzhugh's true slave, a boy only slightly older than Oliver named Bara. The two boys bond and plot their escape from their odious master. Their careful plans are dashed by unfortunate circumstances, and they must flee for their lives into a nearby swamp. Can they survive its dangers and find their freedom? Time and Avi will tell. Though darker than its predecessor, this sequel is equally fine. The plotting is altogether laudable, the setting beautifully realized, and the characters highly empathetic. Especially good is the voice Avi has conjured for Oliver, just antique enough to evoke eighteenth-century diction and syntax. One thing is certain: Avi may call this the end of the world, but there is no end to the pleasure his latest evokes.--Michael Cart Copyright 2018 Booklist