Stacey R. Campbell
Published: 18th September, 2014
Green Darner Press
Forced to remain silent after being kidnapped by pirates, Christopher must find a way to save an innocent merchant ship’s captain and his daughter from the evil grasp of Captain Redblade. Proving that friendship and family are worth fighting for no matter the costs.
“Who is she? What flag does she fly?” the Captain demanded as he exited the cabin.
The children had one shot to escape. They couldn’t afford to take any risks. Cookie held Lucy and Christopher at the door to the Captain’s parlor while Mr. Bruce stood next to the Captain on the deck looking out at the approaching vessel.
The first signs of dusk brushed the evening sky. The slightest breeze rustles through the rigging, eight to ten knots at the most-not quite enough for a heavy ship like the Georgiana, but if they were lucky it would be perfect for the small sail on the skiff.
“She’s flying a British flag, Captain,” a man in the rigging called out, pointing to starboard.
The Captain approached the rail and extended his spyglass.
“Admiral?” the Captain said, spying the ship.
He passed the glass to the naval officer, who shook his head upon seeing the ship. “There are no ships in the Royal Fleet with a red hull, Captain.”
What I liked: This was a very cute story that I really enjoyed reading, and had some things that I hadn’t even expected at all, and they worked out really good! Christopher is orphan kid, he’s had a tough childhood after his parents are gone and he wants out of his city to get away from the orphanage forever. Of course, we do get surprises within the first few chapters (which are always rather short, but that worked well with the story). I wasn’t sure how the merchant captain was going to be a part of the story, but as the book went along I did understand better and was quite surprised by how everything turned out by the end!
What I didn’t like: Women and girls were considered bad luck on a ship, so I’m a tad confused why the merchant’s daughter was on a ship. It was hard for a woman/girl to sail on the seas with men/boys crew members and them know that she is a woman/girl.
Overall Review: I thought the way this book read was very simplistic and worked well as a Middle Grade book. The fighting is light, along with the pirate ways, and this makes it a really good MG book, and rather enjoyable.
Recommend?: If you’re looking for something fun and light for a person who reads MG books, this was a very good example of entertaining MG books that can be enjoyed by older teens and adults alike.
My Rating: 4.6/5
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About the Author
Stacey R. Campbell lives in the Pacific North West with her husband, three daughters, three dogs, and a pet turtle named Todd. She is a graduate of the University of Washington. At the age of seven Stacey was told that she would never be the writer she dreamed of being because she is dyslexic. Finally Stacey found that she could not look her children in the eyes and tell them that they could be what ever they wanted to be if she did not do the same. Now Stacey can’t stop writing and loves to help children pursue their own dreams. Stacey is the young adult author of Hush, A Lakeview Novel and Whisper, A Lakeview Novel. ARRGH! is Stacey’s first middle grade book.
For more books from this author, visiting information, and author events please visit Stacey at: www.Staceyrcampbell.com
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