Victory by Susan Cooper

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A historic connection has the power to change the future in this classic, gripping novel from Newbery Medalist Susan Cooper.

Sam Robbins is a farm boy, kidnapped to serve on HMS Victory, the ship on which Lord Nelson will die a hero’s death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

Molly Jennings is a twenty-first-century English girl who’s been transplanted to the United States by her stepfather’s job and is fighting her own battle against loss and loneliness.

Two different lives, two centuries apart, are linked by a tiny scrap of fraying cloth that’s tucked into an old book. It draws Molly into Sam’s world, to a moment in time that changed history—a frightening shared moment that holds the key both to secrets from the past and hope for the future.

About Susan Cooper

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Susan Cooper is the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. Her classic five-book fantasy sequence The Dark Is Rising won the Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor and has sold millions of copies worldwide. She is also the author of Victory, a Booklist Top Ten Historical Fiction for Youth book and a Washington Post Top Ten for Children novel; King of Shadows, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor book; The Boggart; Seaward; and many other acclaimed novels for young readers and listeners. She lives in Massachusetts, and you can visit her online at
Published March 6, 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. 215 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Travel, History. Fiction

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The narrative shifts between Molly’s second-person present passages (laced with mysterious leaks—via unremembered dreams and waking visions—of life aboard the Victory) and Sam’s vivid, first-person past recounting of pressed service—as virtual galley slave, then cannon crew “powder monkey”—during...

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The racing scenes are crisply edited and genuinely exciting, especially the climactic one-on-one grudge match between Seabiscuit and War Admiral, the Triple Crown winner whose owner, in black suit and bowler hat, represents East Coast plutocracy against Howard's self-made Western man of the people.

Jul 25 2003 | Read Full Review of Victory


As Molly uses Sam's past to forge her connections to her deceased father and to her beloved home country, readers will also enjoy making their own connections between Molly's present and Sam's heroic past.Reviewed by Norah Piehl on December 4, 2007 Victoryby Susan Cooper View all » |

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