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Oliver's Surprise

Oliver's Surprise: A Boy, A Schooner, and the Great Hurricane of 1938 (Revised Editon)
by Carol Newman Cronin
Illustrated by Laurie Cronin

Young Adult Fiction/Historical Fiction, Paperback 150pp

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Oliver's Surprise
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Historical young adult fiction on the Storm of ‘38 by Olympic sailing superstar.


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.


September 2009 marks the 71th anniversary of the storm.


Teaching Guide for Oliver's Surprise - click here.


Carol Newman Cronin and the original Oliver

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.


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