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Oliver's Surprise: A Boy, A Schooner, and the Great Hurricane of 1938

Length: 98 pages56 minutes


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 that still reverberates along the east coast, is more than appropriate for an adult audience. Written by an Olympic medalist on the 2004 USA sailing team, this charming story includes 8 original illustrations, a glossary of nautical terms and a short history of the Great Hurricane of 1938 that devastated the eastern seaboard.

Carol Newman Cronin has sailed since childhood. In 2004, she crowned
a lifetime of competitive achievement by winning
two races for the USA at the Olympics in Athens.
A member of the elite US Sailing Team from
2001-07, she has won numerous national and
international sailing championships. Since retiring
from Olympic sailing, Cronin has focused on
writing and design from her home office
in Jamestown, RI.

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