About the Book...
My Review... 4.5 Stars
Before I even started reading this book, I knew I was going to love it. From the fun title, to the brilliant cover, and hook of the first chapter, everything screamed "Swashbuckling fun." That first impression grew throughout the book.
As with any great book, there are many aspects to love. The action, the characters and the journey. In this book, what really stood out to me where the characters. Stacey Campbell did a great job of introducing heroes to love, villains to hate, and lovable guides to round out the story.
Christopher, a boy on the run from his orphanage, gets kidnapped and swept away by two gruesome pirates. He wanted to escape the boy's home, but not in that manner. Now he must find a way to escape their control, save a ship, and his life. Can he do it alone? Of course not. He needs help from a group of wonderful characters. Lucy-the headstrong Captain's daughter, Cooke and his pet sugar- a delightful pair in the kitchen, and Leo- his helpful and unusual guide... did I mention he's a talking mouse? And the villains. This is not a book where you question the intentions of the bad guys or wonder if they are merely misunderstood. These are bad men, with bad plans.
I really enjoyed this book, and it's original story. Pirate stories are not the norm these days, so I found this a refreshing change. It was inspiring, fun, and full of wonderful lessons.
I always rate middle grade stories on two criteria.
1. How I enjoy it from the perspective of a reader
2. Whether or not I would let me child read it.
This book excels in both areas. This is a tale full of adventure, danger and fun! It'll have you wishing for an adventure!