Carol Newman Cronin Illustrated by Laurie CroninHistorical young adult fiction on the Storm of ‘38 by an Olympic sailing superstar
“For the past 40 years I have raced along the waters of Narragansett Bay. After reading Oliver’s Surprise my vision of the area will be of the infamous hurricane of 1938 and the young Oliver seeing the catastrophe take place.”
—Gary Jobson, America’s Cup Hall of Fame, ESPN commentator, “The Voice of Sailing“
”A vivid glimpse of boatyard life for a modern boy whisked back to his grandfather’s day, just before the hurricane of ‘38”
—Molly Bang, author and illustrator of When Sophie Gets Angry
Longing to feel closer to his favorite grandfather, Oliver skips school on a sparkling September afternoon and hides out on a tired schooner. When he wakes up on the ways of his grandfather’s boatyard and realizes he’s been transported back to 1938, he must decide what to do before the dangerous hurricane he’d been studying in school hits. While the main character is a 12-year old boy, Oliver’s story, and the story of a powerful weather event, is more than appropriate for an adult audience.
“For a kid smitten with the sea, an old schooner is the ideal vehicle for going back in time. Through young Oliver’s eyes, Carol Newman Cronin offers a view of life along the 1930s Jamestown waterfront. Above all, Oliver’s Surprise reminds us of the connectedness of family and friends through generations.”OLIVER’S SURPRISE READING GUIDE
—John Burnham, Editor of Cruising World
Carol Newman Cronin crowned a lifetime of competitive achievement by winning two races for the USA at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. She has won numerous national and international sailing championships. Since retiring from Olympic sailing, Carol has focused on writing and graphic design. Carol Newman Cronin lives in Jamestown, RI.
Oliver’s Surprise: A Boy, A Schooner, and the Great Hurricane of 1938
Carol Newman Cronin
Illustrated by Laurie Cronin
Paper, 150 pages
Young Adult Fiction/Historical Fiction