Spotlight on The End Of The World & Beyond (AVI), Plus Excerpt!

Avi_EndofWorld_hc_jkt_HR

Today we're excited to spotlight The End Of The World & Beyond by AVI.

 Read on for more about AVI plus an excerpt!

 

 

 

 

 

Meet AVI!

Avi

Aviis the author of many books for young readers including Catch You Later, Traitor, the Newbery Medal novelCrispin: The Cross of Lead,and the Newbery Honor books The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle and Nothing But the Truth. He lives in Colorado. Visit www.avi-writer.com.

 

 Website * Facebook * Twitter

 

 

 

 

 

Meet The End Of The World & Beyond!

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.
 

 

 

 Amazon * B & N * Indiebound

 

 

 

~ Excerpt ~

 

 

CHAPTER ONE

In Which I Experience a Terrible Mid-Atlantic Storm.

 

 

The Owners Goodwill—a two-masted ship—was in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean when it shuddered and heeled hard over as if attacked by a huge sea monster. It was, in fact, a powerful storm that had swept down upon us. Its abrupt and tremendous ferocity spun our vessel and us convict passengers all topsy-turvy. Since iron chains had been clamped round our necks and then bolted to the lower deck planking, this wild whirling of the ship caused us great pain, as if we were being hanged by iron rather than rope.

In the hurly-burly, the excrement buckets broke loose and our entire area, as well as we convicts, began to stink like the filthiest of muck-pits. To add to our woefulness, some of the overhead planking sprang apart so that we 

were drenched by numb-cold seawater. The darkness on our deck also meant we didn’t know the hour.

You may be sure my fellow felons and I would have much preferred the freedom to stand on the main deck to confront the danger and our God. Terror (and misery) was further enlarged because the hatchway leading up had been fastened shut in fear that we prisoners might mutiny.

“Unchain us,” someone shouted. “Let us go free,” called another. “Don’t let me perish,” I cried.

Though the tumbling of the ship continued to increase even as our yells and screams of desperation grew louder, there was no response, much less rescue. Indeed, as the clamors of the tempest became ever more riotous, and the ship’s movements still wilder, it appeared for a certainty that our ship would founder. To express our circumstance in blunter words: the Owners Goodwill was about to sink to the bottom of the sea with every one of us—including me—trapped within.

In awful anguish, my thoughts went to my home on the southern coast of England, where I was born and lived my contented youth. I thought of my beloved sister, Charity. I recalled those times I spent with my frustrating father, who liked to spurt worldly sayings. One of those expressions, “He who is born to be drowned will never be hanged,” now filled my head. For the truth is, just prior to my voyage, I had been sentenced to be hanged for thievery from the Tyburn gallows in London, England. Though I am pleased to inform you that I avoided that dread unfortunacy, it seemed as if there, in the middle of the Atlantic, I was destined to drown.

How did I—a boy of twelve years of age—ever come to be in such a desperate situation?

 

 

 

 

 

The End Of The World & Beyond

By: AVI

Publisher: Algonquin BRY

Release Date: January 29th, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

“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: it may be the end of the world, but there is no end to the pleasure Avi’s latest evokes.” 

~ Booklist, starred review

 


“Told in appropriately 18th-century diction, Oliver's picaresque is a harrowing page-turner that takes an unflinching look at what life was like for those living in servitude in the American Colonies.… Action-packed and inspirational—another stunner.”

~ Kirkus Reviews, starred review

 

 

 

 

The End of the World and Beyond by Avi

Algonquin Young Readers / Publication Date: January 29, 2019

Price: $16.95; Hardcover; 304 pages; ISBN: 9781616205652

www.algonquinyoungreaders.com /www.avi-writer.com/

Follow Algonquin Young Readers on Twitter @algonquinyr or on Facebook at

http://www.facebook.com/algonquinyoungreaders

Spotlight on Hush Little Bunny (David Ezra Stein),...
It’s Live!! Cover Reveal: Seeker by Kim Chance + G...

Related Posts

 

Comments

Already Registered? Login Here
No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
A groovy New York Times bestseller! ...
Seneca Element (The Seneca Society Book 2)
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
If you knew that creating singularity between your mind...
Our Year of Love and Parties
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
In this poignant, funny, and romantic novel, four nights...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Elemental Manipulation is tricky. Only those with the power can...
The Path Divided
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Every choice has a consequence. When a magical picture...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
When fifteen-year-old Marlee Stanley joins her two sisters and the...
Shadowscent
 
3.7
 
0.0 (0)
An Ember in the Ashes meets Indiana Jones in...
Reverie
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Inception meets The Magicians, except with better wigs and...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
They call me the Dark Queen… Ryleigh...
Scarred
 
4.8
 
0.0 (0)
Life leaves you scarred. Love can make you beautiful....
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Two friends in the 1980's were graduating from Cosmetology School....
Twisting Minds
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
How can you trust your heart when you can't trust...
The Art of Holding On
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Life happens, whether you’re ready or not. All you can...
Breaking Through: How Female Athletes Shattered Stereotypes in the Roaring Twenties
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Award-winning author Sue Macy offers a fresh and timely account...
Outlawed
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
OUTLANDER meets Robin Hood. Traveling through time...
The Path We Take
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
He’s alone He’s tattooed He’s badly burnt ...

Latest Member Reviews

Scavenge the Stars (Scavenge the Stars #1)
 
5.0
"SCAVENGE THE STARS is an engaging YA fantasy that gripped me from the start. Amaya, or Silverfish, is a girl..."
Pippin No Lickin'
 
5.0
"As a family with 2 busy boys, 14 and 12, we appreciate Layne’s contribution to helping children understand the importance..."
Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party
 
5.0
"'Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party' by Kimberly & James Dean is a cute story about friendship and..."
A Straw Man
 
5.0
"The story: Melody, the younger sister of Charlie, the main character of the previous book, is now..."
Girl at Heart
 
5.0
"'Girl at Heart' by Kelly Oram is a sweet, entertaining, easy read that any lover of YA romance will adore...."
Kingdom Cold
 
4.8
"What I loved: First and foremost, the characters. Princess Charlotte's fierce, unyielding manner. The way her character is left..."
Sword and Pen (Great Library Book, #5)
 
5.0
"Isn't great to finish a series and feel satisfied? Sword and Pen by Rachel Caine is the final book in..."
Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1)
 
3.7
"I snapped this one up because I love Wonder Woman, and I much appreciated Leigh Bardugo's adept writing in Six..."
Breaking Through: How Female Athletes Shattered Stereotypes in the Roaring Twenties
 
5.0
"One hundred years ago. When I was growing up, this seemed like an impossibly long time in the past. The..."
Scarred
 
4.8
"Emotionally, I mean. What I loved: As you can guess from the title,..."
The Path Divided
 
5.0
"I'm going to break out of my usual review mold here because this book was so many things. It..."
Girl at Heart
 
4.8
"What I loved: Just about everything. This was an adorable YA Contemporary Romance with a surprisingly well-rounded..."
Skin Hunter
 
4.3
"What I loved: The world building was perfectly illustrated without bogging down the story. Everything from the..."
Our Year in Love and Parties
 
4.0
"What I loved: The story was told through the unique lens of four specific events with..."
The Secret Key (Agatha Oddly)
 
4.0
"Agatha loves the work of Detective Hercule Poirot. He's actually her imaginary friend and she uses his work to influence..."
Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me
 
4.3
"JACK KEROUAC IS DEAD TO ME is Gae Polisner’s most recent YA Contemporary novel. Like in her other books, she..."
Woven in Moonlight
 
5.0
"Woven in Moonlight is a beautiful and lush fantasy, based on the culture and history of Bolivia. It is set..."
Julie Winsome M.D., Medical Detective Science Fiction Mysteries, Volume # 1
 
4.7
"Always fun to follow along with Dr. Julie Winsome Medical Detective! Great stories and I love the writing style..."
We Are All His Creatures: Tales of P. T. Barnum, the Greatest Showman
 
3.0
"WE ARE ALL HIS CREATURES by Deborah Noyes is a series of eleven short stories about the beloved showman, P.T...."
Jane Anonymous: A Novel
 
4.7
"JANE ANONYMOUS follows two timelines: one while Jane was captured for 7 months and one after she is back home...."