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Maura O'Connell, 15, and her brother, Patrick, 12, escape Ireland's brutal poverty with only the belongings in their bundles and tickets for ocean passage. Sir Laurence Kirkle, 11, flees a life of privilege to seek justice. When fate brings them ogether, the three join forces in a daring scheme that may lead to freedom and glory...or dire consequences....

Title : The Escape from Home
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ISBN : 9780380728756
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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The Escape from Home Reviews

  • Tweety
    2019-04-20 14:03

    I've found it!!!I feel like squealing with joy. Do you know I hunted everywherefor this book? But I couldn't remember who it was by or what it was called. However, I never, ever forgot to story. Need I say it was amazing? I love love, love this book. Avi writes just the kind of YA I like, and I'm very picky. I like that descriptions are Vivid, Characters have faults, and it feels true to the time period. I highly recommend to anyone who loves historical fiction.There is some language, mainly Jesus, Joseph and Mary.

  • Sue Carr
    2019-04-14 11:06

    I love, love, love Avi. He weaves historical fiction like no other, in my opinion. I picked up this novel as research for my own historical novel and was instantly captivated. His attention to historical detail, his character development, his scene-setting all combine to transport the reader to 1890's England. This book feels Dickensian without the stiff, subtly nuanced language that can drive Dickens' readers batty. It reminded me, in good ways, of Oliver Twist (which I loved). Avi manages an omniscient viewpoint masterfully, jumping between as many as a dozen characters, and yet leaving the reader feeling connected to each one. I was constantly amazed by the ways seemingly unconnected plotlines intertwined, and the way constant plot twists kept the momentum flowing. Loved it.

  • Keair Snyder
    2019-03-26 11:12

    I read this book in the fourth grade and I absolutely loved it. I remember rounding up change at the next Book Fair to buy the sequel and I loved it as well.

  • Carrie
    2019-04-09 17:15

    Oh, Avi, you've done it again.Having stumbled upon this book in the library (which you can see from the thumbnail I read the library version), I instantly knew I had to read it. Any book that promises action, adventure, and a grand journey is irresistible.The characters in this plot were so colorful and unique, which was refreshing in this day and age where most characters fall into very specific typecasts. There was the loyal, adventurous Patrick (who I'll say was probably my favorite), the indecisively evil Ralph Toggs, the poor little rich boy Laurence, and many more. Even the characters who got on my nerves somewhat, such as Maura and Mr. Phineas Pickler, were well-rounded and well-developed, and I can find no fault with them.The plot, I will say, surprised me. I was expecting the majority of it to take place on board a ship, given the summary on the dust jacket, but no, it primarily took place in Liverpool, England. I enjoyed the multiple POVs, and thought it an interesting idea that we spend almost as much time reading about the so-called villains in the book as we do the heroes.This book reads like the adventure novels of old, with sweeping prose and even the occasional word play. Several times while I was reading it, I would think to myself, "That was a really well-written sentence." But then again, What else can you expect from one of the most prolific and best-selling writers of our time?Five stars out of five.

  • Ria Potter
    2019-04-06 18:00

    I haven't ever expected to really like a Christian novel. Generally I'm not fond of every other page spouting off religion-and this certainly does that. But Avi is a wonderful writer, and the characters are so real and lifelike that they seem to be there before your eyes, playing out their stories. There are bad guys who actually act like bad guys, and poor unfortunate souls that keep getting lost and turned around and generally just have bad luck. I really love this book, and I am glad that I own a copy, because it's a fantastic read, and I'm going to look and see if there are more books by the author at my local library. Five stars!

  • Nancy
    2019-03-23 12:08

    It was great

  • Allana Solo
    2019-04-12 11:00

    Pretty good, it was pretty up beat in the first half but got long in the last. A good read and I can't wait to read the second!

  • Kim
    2019-03-28 14:06

    I listened to this on rbdigital and the narrator was fabulous.

  • Mara
    2019-04-02 18:10

    It is 1851. Thousands are fleeing the Old World for the New, desperate to reach America.Maura and Patrick O'Connell, fifteen-and twelve-year-old Irish peasants, are forced by Lord Kirkle, their English landlord, to leave Kilonny and seek refuge elsewhere. When their father sends money for passage over to America, they begin a perilous journey from starved Ireland to the bustling, crowded streets of Liverpool. The streets are filled with villains of all size waiting to prey upon Irish immigrants, and overwhelmed with a sense of loss, Maura and Patrick are not sure who to trust.Eleven-year-old Laurence is the younger son of Lord Kirkle. Bullied and hated by his elder brother, Laurence runs away, intent upon reaching America and stealing a great sum of money from his father to gain passage over. Ignorant of street life and finding himself bereft of the stolen money, Laurence soon finds himself without a friend - and a great many people who pretend to be his friend, but have their own reasons for capturing him. Lord Kirkle hires Mr. Pickler, private investigator, to track his favorite son down, while Albert, Laurence's brother, hires Mr. Clemspool to ensure that Laurence never returns. Chased from London to Liverpool, Laurence soon finds himself entangled with the fates of Maura and Patrick O'Connell, who are both bound for the same place.This is probably one of Avi's best books - and the series only gets better with its second installment (but a review for that will come later). Here is a story simply bursting with characters, and all of them are very different from one another, yet interact in realistic, believable ways. Avi throws them into many "what are the odds" situations that are masterfully worked to be possible, and make for a very exciting adventure.The flaws? Well, I cannot say that Avi's choice of Irish names is very original, and while I like Maura well enough, she isn't the most active heroine - she doubts herself too often, when she should listen to her instincts, - and Patrick is a little too hot-headed to be entirely likable. It makes for their part of the story to be a tiny bit vexing. But that is part of the beauty of having so many characters in one story: there is a bounty to choose from. Laurence Kirkle is not normally a character I would initially like - he's a rich, pampered boy, so he doesn't really know how to do anything, and spends a lot of his time allowing other people take care of him. And one could even venture to say he spends a lot of time feeling sorry for himself. But Laurence is only eleven, finds himself in a situation far more dire than he ever anticipated, and he has a right to be upset - it seems that wherever he turns, someone is trying to nab him. Despite Laurence's initial uncertainty and uselessness, he's a tough little boy, and once he comes to terms with his new lot in life, he swallows his tears and gets down to learning the ways of the street. One cannot help but like him, from beginning to end.This is a fun adventure series set in a very fascinating time in history, well researched, and well written. I loved this book when I was a kid and I'll always be a fan. This is one of Avi's finest.

  • Caddy
    2019-04-03 18:12

    As his village is tumbled by English soldiers, Patrick O’Connell, 12, throws a rock at Lord Kirkle’s agent, who threatens him with arrest if he doesn’t leave Ireland in two days. He and his sister Maura, 15, sail to Liverpool. Does he stay out of trouble there? No. He meets Laurence, 11, a runaway who doesn’t give his surname. It’s Kirkle, and he’s trying to avoid being found by various parties. The boys form a plan to stow Laurence on the ship the O’Connells are sailing to Boston on. You have to admire someone willing to break the law for someone he met yesterday.You also have to admire an author who can create a girl who's complex, lovable, and completely believable as a person of her time. Maura’s prudent, compassionate, and brave. She’s never ashamed of her poverty or religion or country. She doesn’t hesitate before heading into burning buildings, and she slaps one of the best tricksters in Liverpool. (Although I maintain that Chapter 67 works best if you assume Toggs’s offer to take her somewhere better is sincerely meant. No professional liar would repeat a lie to the same person and expect them to believe it. He already has her money; what’s he interested in now is her.)One of my favorite elements of this book is that all the characters have appropriate prejudices. Maura is initially reluctant to help an English boy. Laurence notes Patrick’s dirtiness and “puts on airs” with Fred, who scorns his naïveté. Half-Irish Mr. Pickler looks down on emigrants, and Patrick doesn’t want to be near a Protestant minister.The plot, as the cover proclaims, is suspenseful. Even the second or third time through you can’t help but worry about the kids. There are some ironic or comically absurd scenes and some nice turns of phrase, like Pickler lifting his candle to consider Clemspool “in a new light.” There are allusions literary and historical – Lady Glencora, Robert Peel, the Iron Duke, “'Look at his togs, Fagin,' said Charley Bates." Also, there’s a floating church.I recommend it for anyone with the slightest tolerance for historical YA.

  • Pandora
    2019-04-18 09:53

    Finished reading this and went on to the second book. The characters are intresting and well drawn out. The story like Holes has many different story threads that funnel down into one. The story though stays in one time period of three days. One problem with the story is that Avi doesn't seem to take into account that people married and had children a lot younger than they do now. Lord Kirkle at sixty with an eleven year old son doesn't seem too likely even if he the son is the youngest. This problem becomes even more apparent in the second book. The Irish father of Maura and Patrick is fifty when he should be 40. The major problem with the book is the first book is not a complete story. It ends with a cliff hanger. Beyond the Western Sea seems to have been published like the Lord of the Rings or The Man in the Iron Mask. Broken down into individual books when they are meant to be one book. I would have perfer the books to be published as one book or that a better ending had been found. This way seems a dishonest attempt to make the story look shorter.

  • Books Kids Like
    2019-04-09 18:08

    Mr. O'Connell preceded his family to America hoping to find a way for them all to escape the extreme poverty in Ireland. Father Mahoney, the parish priest, brings tickets and passage money for Mrs. O'Connell, Maura, and Patrick just before Lord Kirkle's agent tumbles their cottage for back rent. They walk to Cork where a steam packet to Liverpool is waiting. Mrs. O'Connell loses heart and leaves Maura and Patrick as they are boarding the boat. The two children go on to England alone. Meanwhile in London, young Sir Laurence Kirkle is caned by his brother for crimes he didn't commit. So Laurence steals 1,000 pounds from his father's desk and runs away. Lord Kirkle wants Laurence to come home, but Albert hires Mr. Clemspool to see that Laurence ends up in America. Laurence willingly goes along with Clemspool’s plans. When Laurence Kirkle and Maura and Patrick O’Connell board a ship bound for America, their fates become irrevocably intertwined.

  • Jeni Enjaian
    2019-03-31 14:05

    A review from my old blog (covers the whole series)...I have to say that I was rather disappointed with the series. I guess it comes from reading a ton of other books written in the same era and written poorly.While these books were not written poorly neither did they sparkle and entertain. I almost know the end outcome of the books before I read more than a few chapters.Avi also dragged the plot of the books down with too many extraneous characters and subplot lines. For a children's book I had trouble keeping track of who was good and on the side of the main characters and who wasn't.The book is decent and would most likely give a child a sense of accomplishment for reading a 415 page book (the second in the series). I probably would not recommend it or assign the books for students.

  • 17audreyw
    2019-04-06 11:53

    During the last month or more I was reading this book, a book that i have really enjoyed and most the of the time couldn't put my book down. At the start of the book I thought it was a bit boring but once i got into the climax it was really interesting and not that easy to put my book down.This book is about 3 run away kids that travel to America. Patrick and Maura who travel to America without their mother to find there father. Laurence runs away from his father in England and travels to America to find a new life. Before and during their arrival in America each child faces big dangers they never though they would have to. This book has been very powerful and was interesting to read, this book was one of my favorite adventure books I have read for the last couple of years.

  • Eileen
    2019-03-30 11:12

    I borrowed this book, thinking that it would be interesting to read about the 1800s ship journey of the people sailed from England to the United States in the hope of a new life. Then as I read the book, I realised the story is just going to be about the whirlwind of events the children experience before they even step on the boat bound for the States! But the story is very interesting, and the many characters and their activities over the span of the two or three days before the ship set sail are somehow inter-woven with one another, and I was turning the pages to find out what happened next. I didn't expect the story to end on a cliff-hanger though! Now I hope I will be able to find the next book to find out what happens next!

  • Elizabeth
    2019-04-11 11:08

    We hear much about immigrants in our world today. It is a topic that many people can not agree. This movement of people from one country to another is as old as mankind. Avi dug into the history journals and penned a tale of young and old who desperately needed a new start in the mid 1800s. Through his characters, Maura and Patrick O'Connell, the reader experiences the hardships that so many of our ancestors endured on their quest for a better life. As in life, so many characters enter into situations that aid or complicate the journey. My major problem with the novel was the large number of characters that you needed to keep straight. As an adult, this was not too difficult. However, a young reader would struggle to see them clearly as they read. It also slowed down the story.

  • Mitch
    2019-03-22 15:16

    I WANT THIS TO COUNT AS 2 BOOKSMaura and Patrick O' Connell leave thir home in Ireland for America after their home is tumbled. Prince Laurence Kirkle runs away from his home after he is beaten. They both run into many different people, both hurting and helping them. Eventually they meet up and board for America. But will they get there that easily?I liked reading this book. You never knew who the 3 charcters would meet or what would happen next. I kept wanting to read it so i could find out what happens, and i don't do that with many booksI reccomend this too people who are looking for a good historical fiction book.

  • Judi Paradis
    2019-04-18 16:53

    Fabulous historical adventure story featuring three young people who are trying to get to America without an adult to help them. Maura and Patrick arrive at the dock in Ireland on their way to meet their father in Boston--only to have their mother announce they must go without her as she cannot leave her home. At the same time, wealthy 12-year-old Laurence runs away to escape his cruel older brother and all his money is stolen on his route to America. This exciting story really helps us appreciate what our ancestors experienced to get to America.

  • Andrei Secu
    2019-03-30 14:02

    Enclosed in these pages is the story two different families with the same destination. Maura and Patrick O'Connel are two poor Irish immigrants whose father went to America, became rich, and is now bringing his family over. Laurence Kirkle is a rich child who has been greatly mistreated. After he receives a harsh punishment for something he did not do, he decides to run away to America, taking with him one thousand pounds. Destiny brings these three people together as both the O'Connels and Laurence overcome their different challenges to get to America.

  • Sally
    2019-03-29 11:55

    Avi tells a wonderful story and has a talent of setting things up so you feel you are there. The characterization is well done. I was frustrated when I got to the end where it said something like,"Would he live?" That was the end. I've started the second book because I couldn't leave it like that, and refreshingly it actually starts exactly where it lets off. None of this 50 pages of explaining what already happened. Why didn't he just make this one long book?

  • Katie
    2019-04-02 11:52

    okay, so this book wasn't quite what i expected. For being part of a series called "beyond the western sea" it seems like more of this book should have taken place at least *on* the sea, rather than the characters not even making it *to* the sea until the last 5 pages of the book. Overall, I had a hard time getting into the book, and only thought it was okay.

  • Christy
    2019-04-06 12:01

    Maura O'Connell, 15, and her brother, Patrick, 12, escape Ireland's brutal poverty with only the belongings in their bundles and tickets for ocean passage. Sir Laurence Kirkle, 11, flees a life of privilege to seek justice. When fate brings them ogether, the three join forces in a daring scheme that may lead to freedom and glory...or dire consequences.

  • Ben
    2019-03-29 14:00

    Kind of boring. Dissapointing ending, and in my opinion poorly captured the time period.In my words, AWFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!nomegusta

  • Elise
    2019-04-11 12:05

    Okay. Kind of slow at times. Some of the characters I really didn't like--and everyone was just so nasty. But mostly, I found Maura tedious and overbearing, and I thought she would be likable. Laurence was okay--a little whinny and unable to think for himself, but that's consistent. Patrick was the only likable character.

  • Brittany
    2019-03-31 13:56

    I read this book one summer in high school. I think this was the book that started my interest in stories about Irish immigrants. I liked the characters, the story was intriguing, and I was definitely excited to read the second half of this story.

  • Harry Hunter
    2019-04-06 12:56

    Right know i believe this is a very good book that describes everything well. I don't really like the Patrick and Maura part of the story and personally prefer the Laurence side and that's not because i'm British.

  • Mrs.
    2019-03-22 16:56

    I read this book together with my class last year during our historical fiction unit. We seemed to hate the book at first but started to really get into it once the main character Patrick O'Connell and his sister Maura went to America after the Irish Potato Famine...

  • Ashley
    2019-03-24 18:02

    I really liked this book, even though it was sad and remotely religous, it was still pretty good. I'm glad they all made it to the boat, and away from most of the people trying to hurt them. I hope Laurence finds happiness in America. I can't wait to get the next book.

  • Patricia
    2019-03-23 10:58

    Riveting and clean. What a great alternative for grades 4-8 (RL 4-6) than the more popular and darker YA novels shouting at us from bookstore display shelves. The Avi books are still worth a pursuit, even if hidden under "alphabetized fiction."

  • Rachael
    2019-03-24 11:12

    I just finished reading this book, and i would recomend it to readers with really, good memories because there are soooooo many characters. Also, it was kind of boring for me, and it didn't have a good conclusion. at the end i was like "what?... Thats it?!"