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Amanda/Miranda

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Intrigue, romance, and scheming aboard the Titanic

This updated edition of the popular Richard Peck novel, available in time to commemorate the anniversary of the Titanic's fateful voyage in 1912, starts with a chilling prophecy. When Miranda begins her position as maid-servant to the glamorous and selfish Amanda Whitwell, Amanda wastes no time in using Miranda to suit her own cruel purposes. Miranda becomes the lynchpin to a plot that Amanda devises to marry an American who can...

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Overview

Intrigue, romance, and scheming aboard the Titanic

This updated edition of the popular Richard Peck novel, available in time to commemorate the anniversary of the Titanic's fateful voyage in 1912, starts with a chilling prophecy. When Miranda begins her position as maid-servant to the glamorous and selfish Amanda Whitwell, Amanda wastes no time in using Miranda to suit her own cruel purposes. Miranda becomes the lynchpin to a plot that Amanda devises to marry an American who can maintain her lavish lifestyle, but also keeps the rogue she loves close at hand. However, destiny intervenes, and they board the ill-fated Titanic. This story has all of the romance, glamour, intrigue, and tragedy of the Titanic but ends, satisfyingly, with redemption and forgiveness.

In 1911 in England, eighteen-year-old Mary Cooke is hired as personal maid to the willful and arrogant Amanda Whitwell and is astonished to find that her new employer is her near-double, a coincidence that has lasting consequences for Mary, especially when she accompanies Amanda on the Titanic's fateful voyage.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Laura Hummel
A wise woman prophesied that eighteen-year-old Mary Cooke's future was beyond a mountain of ice, where she would die and then live again. This was just as she began service at the lavish Whitwall Hall, where her young and headstrong mistress, Amanda, renames her Miranda. Both girls share a striking resemblance to one another, but their personalities divide them. Miranda has a quiet efficiency about her and her mistress connives to arrange a marriage for her with her own lover, John Thorne. Thus Amanda is able to make sure that she will not need to give up John, although she is to be married to another man. Both young women are aboard the Titanic when disaster strikes and only one will survive. Peck's abridged version of his novel of the same name will surely capture readers of adventure and romance. His style and skill weave a fast-paced tale. Note that a reference to an out-of-wedlock child by one of the servants is included. 1999 (orig.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142420683
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/19/2012
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 676,435
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Peck

Richard Peck has written more than thirty novels, and in the process has become one of the country’s most highly respected writers for children. In fact The Washington Post called him “America’s best living author for young adults.” A versatile writer, he is beloved by middle-graders as well as young adults for his historical and contemporary comedies and coming-of-age novels. He lives in New York City, and spends a great deal of time traveling around the country to speaking engagements at conferences, schools, and libraries.

Mr. Peck is the first children’s book author to have received a National Humanities Medal. He is a Newbery Medal winner (for A Year Down Yonder), a Newbery Honor winner (for A Long Way from Chicago), a two-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Edgar Award winner. In addition, he has won a number of major honors for the body of his work, including the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the ALAN Award, and the Medallion from the University of Southern Mississippi.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2004

    From boring to good

    When I first got this book I read two pages of it and gave up because it was so boring with early 20th century talk. Then I gave it another chance and I soo liked it. With all the web of lies by selfish Amanda.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2002

    very good book that most young readers would enjoy.

    This is a very good book.it has love,lies,and deception.a perfect book forpeople who enjoy reading about the early 1900's and the titanic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2002

    Awesome

    Hey, Juliet here. I loved this book. I was reluctant to read it at first, but when I did, it was phenominal! I recommend it to everyone, no matter what your age is!

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