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Local author pens 'Surprise' sequel

Accomplished sailor's second children's book puts young hero on schooner during Hurricane Carol

Carol Newman Cronin has had two loves in her life since she was a child - sailing and writing.

A U.S. Olympic sailor, Carol Newman Cronin won two races in Athens, Greece.

Her greatest sailing achievement occurred in 2004, when she won two races for the United States at the Olympics in Athens, Greece. Triumph as a writer came in 2008, when she published her first book, "Oliver's Surprise."

"I originally wrote it as a Christmas story for my 12-year-old nephew, and then I thought, 'Wow, this could be something more,' " Newman Cronin says.

The book follows the adventures of Oliver, a 12-year-old who gets transported back in time to just before the infamous Hurricane of 1938. Oliver's dilemma is that if he tries to warn people that the hurricane is coming, he risks erasing his own future.

Newman Cronin decided to continue in the same vein with "Cape Cod Surprise: Oliver Matches Wits with Hurricane Carol," ($9.95, GemmaMedia, 2010). The sequel debuted in August.

"Cape Cod Surprise" places Oliver, the time traveller, once again on Cap'n Eli's beloved schooner Surprise, this time battling Hurricane Carol in 1954 and using all of his skills and facing his fears to get back to his own time.

Woven into the story are illustrations, charts and diagrams that create a sailing primer amid the captivating adventure.

Newman Cronin grew up sailing out of Woods Hole, Mass., with her family on a 38-foot 1970 Morgan named Katrina.

Newman 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.