The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts

The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts[PDF / Epub] ☂ The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts ✐ Avi – Heartforum.co.uk High adventure from a master storyteller about one boy’s attempt to fend for himself among cruel orphan masters corrupt magistrates and conniving thieves In the seaside town of Melcombe Regis Englan High adventure from a master storyteller about Life of Epub â one boy’s attempt to fend for himself among cruel orphan masters corrupt magistrates and conniving thieves In the seaside town of Melcombe Regis England Oliver Cromwell Pitts wakes to find his father missing and his house flooded by a recent storm He’s alone in his The Unexpected Kindle - ruined home with no money and no food Oliver’s father has left behind a barely legible waterlogged note he’s gone to London where Oliver’s sister Charity is in trouble Exploring damage to the town in the storm’s aftermath Oliver discovers a shipwreck on the beach Removing anything from a wrecked ship is a hanging offense Unexpected Life of PDF/EPUB ç but Oliver finds money that could save him and he can’t resist the temptation to take it When his crime is discovered Oliver flees following the trail of his father and sister The journey is full of thieves adventurers and treachery and London might be the most dangerous place of all In the tradition Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell MOBI :Ä of his Newbery Honor book The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle Avi mixes high adventure and short page turning chapters with a vivid historical setting featuring a cast of highwaymen pickpockets and villainous criminal mastermindsA Kirkus Reviews Best Book of .

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  • 336 pages
  • The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts
  • Avi
  • 26 October 2016
  • 9781616208561

10 thoughts on “The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts

  1. Kid Lit Reviews says:

    12 year old Oliver Cromwell Pitts wakes up to a strange sensation Everything he owns is shaking and then cold seawater dumps onto his head from a large gap suddenly appearing in the ceiling Yelling for his father Oliver hears only water rushing into the house His father Mr Gabriel Pitts is nowhere to be found He did leave a note which said as far as Oliver could decipher his father had gone to London to rescue Oliver’s sister Charity from some sort of trouble Oliver left alone without food or money now has no ceiling or floor to call his ownEvery chapter ends on a cliffhanger making turning the page all but a given Young boys will especially like this romp of a tale The action is fast paced and the story keeps you thinking and wondering If you have never read a book about the London of 200 years ago The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts is a great way to begin The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts is a wonderful story with lots of action and suspense Being the first of a new series by Newbery Medal winner Avi only increases the probability the series will continue to keep the reader in suspense trying to keep one step ahead of Oliver Adults will enjoy this 18th century series as much as kids will love it including girls If the series continues as the initial book has it may be a huge award winner by year’s end Orioginally reviewed on Kid Lit Reviews To read the full review of this MG book go to

  2. Jenny Baker says:

    This reads like a children’s classic in a Dickensian style minus the verbosity More on that laterWhat I love most about this novel are the characters the story and the writing style This story takes place in England 1724 Oliver his sister Charity and his father Gabriel are a poor family surrounded by criminal masterminds Charity goes to London and Oliver wakes up and realizes that not only is his father missing but also their house is flooded from a storm His father left him a note but it’s waterlogged and he can’t read it He has no money and their food is spoiled He wants to go to London to reunite with his family but has no idea how he’ll pay for the stagecoach to get there His journey to London is full of adventure and obstacles Throughout the novel I kept thinking this was called The Unfortunate LifeHe’s not facing minor obstacles he’s facing a lot of hardship plus he feels that his life is in constant danger It wasn’t until the end that the title felt truly appropriateOliver says throughout the novel “Please sir” which always reminded me of the famous line in Oliver Twist ”Please sir I want some ” Oliver is a smart resourceful twelve year old although he’s small for his size and people often think he’s younger His sister Charity is six years older than he is and plays a motherly role since Oliver’s mother died in childbirth Their father Gabriel is well inept and full of empty promises There’s a character whose first name is Ebenezer There are so many criminals in this story I’m not going to give a rundown of all the characters but I will say that there are a lot of interesting ones They’re developed enough for you to either care about them or hate them to the core I will mention that Jonathan Wild is a character and he’s based on a real personThe story almost has a constantly feeling of hopelessness because every time Oliver turns around he has another hurdle to overcome What did give me hope was Oliver’s fighting spirit persistence and Charity’s love for her brother I loved Oliver’s adventures even if they did involve highwaymen and a brief stay in a poorhouse There’s never a dull moment The ending is left open In fact the last line of the novel says view spoiler ”To be continued in Book Two” hide spoiler

  3. Jen Juenke says:

    WOW I was blown away by this book From the very first page it grabs the reader and does not let you go till the very end I almost want to say that Oliver's story should really be called a series of unfortunate events because its almost like he is always in the wrong place at the wrong time all the time Yet Oliver never lets that get him down Oliver is resourceful funny smart and a great book hero to root for READ THIS BOOK YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED

  4. Alex Baugh says:

    One of the things I like about reading a novel by Avi is that I can almost always count on it being an interesting work of historical fiction and his latest novel is no exceptionThe story begins on the morning of November 12 1724 Oliver 12 wakes up to discover that not only has a violent storm flooded his home and his town of Melcombe Regis on the Dorset coast but his father is also missing and Oliver has no idea where he might be His father left a note telling him where he went but it is too waterlogged to readLeft with no money and no food Oliver heads outside and discovers a shipwreck on the beach He decides to explore a little even though he knows that taking anything at all from a shipwreck is a death by hanging offense Still when he discovers 30 shillings he decides to “borrow” 23 shillings which he figures is than enough money to live on until his father returnsUnfortunately for Oliver his lawyer father has managed to offend pretty much everyone in Melcombe Regis so when those in authority discover that he is alone and his father missing they decide the best place for Oliver is in the poorhouseAfter hiding his ill gotten shillings and figuring the poorhouse is at least good for food and shelter Oliver lets himself be taken to there with plans on remaining for only two weeks But escaping it takes longer and is harder than he had anticipated But escape he does and decides to travel to London where his older sister Charity lives and works and who may know something about what happened to their fatherThe road to London however is paved with one setback after another for Oliver including a gang of ruthless highway robbers led by one notorious Captain Hawkes Kidnapping Oliver Hawkes already knows about the shillings he stole from the shipwreck and decides that since Oliver is already a thief he can be used for highway robberiesJust when you think that Oliver couldn’t possibly have adventures and misadventures Hawkes takes him to London and next thing Oliver knows he is reluctantly involved with the real life criminal Jonathan Wild But will he ever find Charity and his father and get out of this messThe Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts is a very exciting story Each chapter ends with such a strong cliffhanger that I couldn’t help but turn the page and keep reading And I did finish the book in one sitting because of that Avi is really a master at placing his characters in difficult situations and then following them step by step as their story plays out In this way it makes it so easy and rather understandable as we watch Oliver’s life spiral into crimeOliver narrates this engaging tale in language that authentically reflects the time in which he lives but not so much so that it will put young readers off Besides Oliver is just too appealing to leave him to his fate without taking the journey with himI also feel that some of the novel's real strength lies in the vivid descriptions of life in early 18th century England The abusive treatment of even very young children is part of Oliver’s experience in the poorhouse where cold underfed regimented children are forced to do hard menial work for long hours and faced cruel punishment for any act of disobedience In Melcombe Regis and in London there are depictions of the farce of 18th century justice as practiced in the Old Bailey and the prisons of the period where prisoners are charged for the privilege of being incarceratedAll in all The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts is an exciting adventure It is the first book in a series and I personally can’t wait to read Book 2 and see what else life holds for Oliver Cromwell PittsThis book is recommended for readers age 9This book was provided to me by the publisher Algonuin Young ReadersThis book was originally posted at Randomly Reading

  5. Tirzah says:

    This was a non stop action book full of adventure As other reviewers have stated it has a Charles Dickens ey feel to it but with less of the wordiness The story is told by Oliver a young boy in 1724 England who finds himself on a journey to find his missing father and sister Along the way there are surprises and some unsavory characters that test Oliver's courage I thought this was a standalone book but after the unexpected ending on the last page we are guaranteed a second book I would recommend it to those who enjoy historical fiction andor adventure stories And I would personally label it Young Adult; there's nothing mature or scary in it but I feel like some of the themes and the vocabulary would appeal to an older audience

  6. Peg says:

    Thank you to Algonuin for an early reader This is one of those books I found hard to put down I finished it on the same day I started reading Set in eighteenth century England Oliver Cromwell Pitts does not lack for action or mystery It begins with a storm hitting the seaside village in which Oliver lives and flooding his home His sister has departed for London and his father goes missing With Oliver now on his own he becomes a reluctant thief and this just the beginning Oliver ends up in a poorhouse is befriended and mentored by a highwayman runs with a group of thieves comes under the wing of a fabled criminal mastermind and is taught to be a pickpocketWe get to understand the living conditions which were harsh the lifestyles which were not easy and all from the perspective of a 12 year old boy The chapters are written from Oliver's point of view and he keeps them moving while setting a purpose for eachThe whole family is accused of being known as the Melcombe Regis gang and when brought to trial could be found guilty as charged resulting in a sentence of hanging transportation to the American colonies as slaves branded whipped or perhaps acuittedNo spoilers though The premise for the second book in the series has been set and the bar is high Let's hope it contains as much action and adventure as the first did

  7. Sarah Johnson says:

    Well written but not my favorite I will probably not read the seuel

  8. Miss Sarah says:

    Oliver Cromwell Pitts life has just gone down the drain His sister has moved to London and after a horrible storm his dad disappears leaving officials to declare him an orphan and stick him in a working orphanage Can he find his family and fix his troubles Upper elementary

  9. Ms. Yingling says:

    ARC provided by Young Adult Books CentralOliver lives with his father who is a nasty man and unscrupulous lawyer His sister who has been raising Oliver since their mother's death decides to leave their sea side town and move to London to live with an aunt and uncle After the family home is destroyed in a flood and his father leaves without telling him Oliver is sent to an orphanage He does not appreciate the hard life there and decides to run away to join his sister in London This does not go well he steals money from a shipwreck but that is soon taken from him by bandits who force him to help them rob stage coaches He falls in with a man named Hawkes who gets him involved with Jonathan Wild a notorious criminal He does eventually find his sister and father but it is under less than helpful circumstances All three of them are eventually sentenced to death for stealing and only his father's bribes to the judge get the children's sentences commuted Oliver is glad that he will be sent with his sister to America but soon learns that they are to be separated Will they be reunited in the second book in the series Avi has clearly researched writing of this period and does a tremendous job at recreating the pacing and style of novels of this time Struggling readers might be put off by phrases such as confounded by such forceful clamors page 1 but sophisticated ones will find this easier than reading Stevenson's Treasure Island and even fun This would be a great introduction to period literature since the characters circumstances and tropes right true but the prose is cleaner and befitting books from the 21st century Oliver is a stalwart character who doesn't let criminals hunger evil relatives or even a death sentence stop his undaunted desire to better his lot He is sympathetic to his father to a point He realizes that the man has had challenges but eventually calls him to task for his bad parenting I do like one phrase that is sort of the family motto People care nothing for suffering To get on you must mask your heart with false smiles Oliver has very much taken this to heart and it serves him well Readers searching for authetic historical novels like Updale's Montncy Lee's A Spy in the House or Bradbury's Wrapped will do well to pick up The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts or any number of Avi's own books that deal with this period of history Don't know that I will buy this one the last several Avi titles are gathering dust on the shelves These might be successful with older readers

  10. Kristie says:

    THE UNEXPECTED LIFE OF OLIVER CROMWELL PITTS by Avi is a wonderful book as one has come to expect from the authorThe year is 1724 and Oliver Cromwell Pitts a twelve year old boy who looks far younger than his years wakes up to find his home flooded and his father gone Oliver’s attempts to find his father and sister in London lead him to be branded a thief and a highwayman and his adventures along the way make THE UNEXPECTED LIFE a book that is nearly impossible to put downAvi’s latest is full of rich history and fascinating characters The plot is perfectly arranged the action is well paced and the characters—both the evil and the good—are interesting and keep you rooting for them or against themThis is a book that should be a part of every middle grade classroom The vocabulary wordplay and history can be the basis for multiple lesson plans across many subjects and I suspect every reader will identify with Oliver Cromwell Pitts and his plight at some point The beauty of THE UNEXPECTED LIFE is Avi’s ability to write for the period in a way that is accessible and believable Although the vocabulary might present a challenge to some students it never seems overwhelming and it’s a great introduction to classics that focus on that timeAnother wonderful aspect of Avi’s latest book is that it’s the first in the series I became uite attached to Oliver Cromwell Pitts and I look forward to spending time with him in book two However I have to say that by the end of this book I identified strongly with Oliver’s assessment of his father “It was hard to know if he was exhausted appalled or simply unwilling to acknowledge the world in which he found himself” THE UNEXPECTED LIFE OF OLIVER PITTS isn’t a sunshiny book There are age appropriate dark moments and there are really awful people Oliver’s approach to it all saves the book from complete darkness and despair After all a favorite saying of Oliver’s father’s is “People care nothing for suffering To get on you must mask your heart with false smiles And Oliver is a champion at thatI highly recommend this book and my thanks to the publisher and YA Books Central for an ARC of the book in exchange for my unbiased review

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