|About The Book
It is 1851. Maura and Patrick O'Connell, fifteen
and twelve-year-old Irish peasants, seek to
escape a country destroyed by famine and the
greed of English landlords. For Sir Laurence
Kirkle, eleven and son of one such English lord,
America holds the promise of justice, though he
steals a fortune from his father to get there.
How the O'Connells and young Laurence come to
share a common fate in the English city of
Liverpool, embarkation port for America, makes
for an adventure alive with ironic coincidence
|I. Setting the scene: (8)
Answer the following questions. Guess if
you do not know. Support or deny your guesses by
reading the information box at the end of this
A. Between 1840 and 1860, how many immigrants
came to the United States (Answer in millions)
B. Of the total number of immigrants in (A) how
many were Irish? ____
C. In 1860, how many out of every 100 people in
the United States came from other lands? ____
D. In the 1840s and 50s what percent of Irish
citizens lived on small farms and fed their
families mainly potatoes? ____
E. When the potato crop was destroyed by disease
in 1845 and 1847, how many Irish died of
F. During this same time, how many Irish
emigrated to the United States? ____
|II. Introducing vocabulary. (5)
Write these words on separate slips of paper.
Arrange as many of the words as you can in one
sentence to describe one or more of the pictures
on the front cover. You may add other words as
needed with the exception of conjunctions.
|III. Pre Reading Journal Sentence
Choose one for each section of the novel (before
reading that section). Complete the sentence and
write on the topic for five minutes. Be prepared
to share orally what you have written with a
SECTION ONE: Pages 1-99
A. An unexpected knock at a door by a man dressed
in black can lead to...
B. Watching helplessly while your home is
C. An unjust punishment can lead to...
D. A child alone in a strange city with no
E. Putting yourself in the hands of strangers...
SECTION TWO: Pages 100-203
A. A lodging house in the worst part of a city...
B. Discovering that you are a prisoner of one you
thought was a friend...
C. Having an ulterior motive means...
D. Ways to get money when you have none...
E. Those who avoid the police are...
SECTION THREE: Pages 203-295
A. When no one believes the truth...
B. A guilty conscience can lead to actions
C. The fate of a stowaway if caught is...
D. Those who have money can always...
E. Putting yourself in danger to help another...
|Chapters One to Seven: Summary
The O'Connells receive a letter from
their father sending money for their passage to
America. At the same time, their home is burned
to the ground. They set off for Cork and the ship
which will be the first part of their journey.
Read aloud pages 25-26. Have a debate by (28)
dividing the class into two sections. Should they
make the trip or should they not make the trip.
Then read pages 27-29 to see what happens.
|Chapters Eight Through Twenty-Three:
Eleven-year-old Sir Laurence Kirkle is beaten
severely by his brother, Albert, with their
father's permission. Laurence runs away, taking
1000 pounds from his father's desk. He loses the
money to a ruffian on the street. Meanwhile, Lord
Kirkle hires Mr. Pickler to find his son and
Albert hires Mr. Clemspool to make sure Laurence
is not found. Clemspool finds Laurence on the
train to Liverpool and pretends to be his friend.
A. Describe the London of the 1850s as Laurence
saw it using this model:
London is (color) ____
It sounds like ____
It smells like ____
It tastes like ____
It looks like ____
It made Laurence feel like ____
B. Find a famous painting. In one paragraph tell
which of the characters you have met so far would
like the painting. Give reasons why.
|Chapters Twenty-Four through
After a difficult crossing, Maura and
Patrick reach Liverpool. Toggs, an unscrupulous
runner, tells them the place they were to stay
has burned down. He takes them to a run down
lodging house filled with the poorest of the
poor. A poor actor, Mr. Drabble, warns them that
they might never be able to leave. Meanwhile,
Laurence is taken to a hotel by Clemspool and
after discovering that he is really the man's
prisoner, escapes and is alone on the Liverpool
streets with no money.
A. Write a riddle report about
one of the story settings: The Village of
Killony, London, Liverpool or On board The Queen
of the West. Use this model:
Let's go to long ago places and see the
Earth's changing faces.
We will see (list 4-6 sights)
But that's not all (list 4-6 more sights)
Do you know where we are?
Give the answer.
B. During this period of time, Victoria was Queen
of England. Research her life and report in an
acrostic poem or play the "To Test the
THE "TO TEST THE TRUTH" SHOW
Hostess: Welcome to the To Test The Truth Show.
Three people are pretending to be Queen Victoria
of England but only one is the real queen. It is
up to you to decide which one. Now let's meet our
My name is Queen Victoria. I became Queen at the
age of eighteen and ruled for 63 years gaining
the respect and veneration of my people.
I was a very young Queen at a time when people
did not respect the throne. But during my rule
labor conditions improved and education became
Being an only child I was carefully reared and
had little contact with the outside world so
becoming Queen at a young age was quite
bewildering for me.
Hostess: Tell us more.
During the fifty years of my reign there were
many wars but my leadership brought each to a
During my reign upper and lower Canada were
united and given self-government.
Ignoring my brother's advice, in 1877 I became
Empress of India and seized control of Egypt.
Hostess: Now it is time to vote on the real Queen
Victoria. We will vote by a show of hands. Is it
number 1, number 2, or number 3? Now for the
moment you have all been waiting for. Will the
real Queen Victoria please stand?
|Chapters Thirty-Five Through
Patrick disappears and Maura goes looking for
him. Laurence meets up with Toggs who enlists his
aid in robbing a ship. The police arrive and
Toggs runs away. Laurence and Patrick meet on the
docks and are taken in by a minister who feeds
them. Patrick promises Laurence a ticket to
America and finds his way back to Maura.
Meanwhile, the police, Mr. Pickle and Mr.
Clemspool are all looking for Laurence.
A. Choose one and complete the sentence below:
spinning wheel, rusty spigot, empty bow, locked
safe, tornado, door hinge Injustice is like ____
B. By now you can see that the life of an
immigrant was very hard. Compile a book titled H
IS FOR IMMIGRANT. Each page should explain how
the H word is related to immigrants and be
haggard, hand-to-hand, health officer, hunger,
harvest, hoax, harbor, hostility, hardship,
homeless, hovel... add other H words you can
|Chapters Fifty-Five Through
Another runner, Fred befriends Laurence
and hides him away until it is time to board the
ship. Fred hides Laurence in a crate which is put
aboard the ship. He tells Patrick that when the
ship is underway, Patrick must release Laurence.
Patrick, Maura and Mr. Drabble board the ship for
America where they learn that anyone who helps a
stowaway will receive the same punishment as the
stowaway. Patrick knows that if he doesn't help
Laurence, Laurence will die.
Research Idea: Choose one of these famous
immigrants. Compile a data bank about the person.
Use the information from the data bank in one of
the patterns that follow:
|Alexander Graham Bell
|SAMPLE DATA BANK
A. THE BIO POEM
First name ____
Four traits ____
Related to ____
Cares deeply about ____
Who feels ____
Who needs _____
Who gives ____
Who fears ____
Who would like to see ____
Resident of ____
B. THE ACROSTIC
A lways curious
L ate in speaking
B orn in Germany
E ffort to be sociable
R ejected by the Munich Institute of Technology
T eachers thought he was not bright
E instein was his last name
I nterested in relativity
N ot appreciated in his homeland
S tudent of mathematics
T hought fantasy was important
E ffort to communicate verbally
I nvestigated Theory of Relativity
N ew American
Tell about the person's life using this pattern:
FORTUNATELY Albert Einstein was born in Germany
UNFORTUNATELY he had to leave Germany because
Hitler did not like the Jews
D. FACT AND FICTION BOOK
Make a statement about the person on one page.
Tell whether the statement is fact or fiction and
why on the next.
Reading for the quiz on I:
In the 1840s and 50s, over half of all Irish
citizens worked on small farms or for wealthy
British landowners. Their main food was the
potato and over one million died of starvation
when the crop failed in 1845 and 1847. Another
million came to the United States where 13 out of
every 100 people were from other lands. The total
of immigrants who came to the United States
between 1840 and 1860 was 4,311,465.