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Cape Cod Surprise: Oliver Matches Wits with Hurricane Carol

Reliving the past

For fans of "Oliver's Surprise," a nautical tale of a young boy who gets transported back in time to the infamous Hurricane of 1938, a sequel has been published, this time about Hurricane Carol in 1954.

"Cape Cod Surprise: Oliver Matches Wits with Hurricane Carol" ($9.95, GemmaMedia, 2010) by Olympic sailor Carol Newman Cronin has Oliver once again on the schooner Surprise, this time battling the elements and using all of his skills to get back to his own time.

Woven within the story are illustrations by Laurie Ann Cronin as well as charts and diagrams, creating a sailing primer amid a captivating adventure.

Carol Newman Cronin won two races for the U.S. at the 2004 Olympics and continues to sail competitively. "Oliver's Surprise" was her first book, which was published in 2008. Cronin lives with her husband in Jamestown, R.I., and they sail their 1938 Herreshoff Marlin as often as they can. For information, visit

This article originally appeared in the Home Waters section of the December 2010 issue.