MONTMORENCY ON THE ROCKS

DOCTOR, ARISTOCRAT, MURDERER?

It’s been five years since slimy thief Scarper gave up his life of crime to become his alter ego—charming gentleman Montmorency—full time. In this second adventure, previous characters reappear in key roles as Lord Fox-Selwyn and Dr. Farcett join forces with Montmorency to find out who’s behind the bomb blasts in London, why babies are dying on a remote Scottish isle and who’s trying to kill boarding-house Vi. Red herrings dot the plot—Irish terrorists, a wicked priest and the mysterious Bag Man—while romance, self-recrimination and subterfuge add spice to the historical thriller. It’s Victorian melodrama at its best, with an ending that sets up an option for a third escapade. (Historical fiction. YA)

Pub Date: April 1, 2005

ISBN: 0-439-60676-4

Page Count: 368

Publisher: Orchard/Scholastic

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2005

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HOMELESS BIRD

1893

Pub Date: March 31, 2000

ISBN: 0-06-028454-4

Page Count: 250

Publisher: HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 1999

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THE JOURNAL OF SEAN SULLIVAN

A TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD WORKER

In the My Name Is America series, Durbin (Wintering, 1999, etc.) offers the story of Sean Sullivan, whose first day in Omaha, Nebraska, brings him face to face with a victim of an Indian attack; the man survived, but carries his bloody scalp in a bucket. It’s August 1897, and Sean has just arrived from Chicago, planning to work with his father on the Intercontinental Railroad. Pa, who carries terrible memories of his stint in the Civil War and of the death three years ago of Sean’s mother, is already a foreman for the railroad, but Sean must start at the bottom, as a water carrier, toting barrels of it to the thirsty men who are doing the back-breaking work on the line. At night, everyone is usually too tired to do anything but sleep, but Sundays are free, and Sean discovers the rough and rowdy world of the towns that seem to sprout up from nowhere along the railroad’s path over the prairie. Through Sean’s eyes, the history of this era and the magnitude of his and his fellow workers’ achievements come alive; Durbin has no trouble making Sean’s world palpable, and readers will slog along with Sean every step of the way on his long and arduous journey to building a railroad and becoming a man. (b&w maps, photos, reproductions) (Fiction. 8-14)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1999

ISBN: 0-439-04994-6

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 1999

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