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Pirates! the True and Remarkable Adventures of Minerva Sharpe and Nancy Kington, Female Pirates Hardcover – Large Print, Jul 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 469 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Pr; Lrg edition (July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786266856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786266852
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 15.3 x 3.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,661,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pirates! is a classy and welcome addition to Celia Rees's successful oeuvre, that of novels with a historical background, such as the phenomenally bestselling Witch Child and Sorceress. Swashbuckling in the tradition of every pirate tale, from Treasure Island to Pirates of the Caribbean, Pirates! is truly gripping from first page to last and never fails to be totally entertaining throughout.

Nancy Kington and Minerva Sharp are two young women from very different backgrounds who, in time, become united in a common, pirating cause. Nancy, the daughter of a successful Bristol ship owner, had her life all planned out. She lived in comfort and hoped to marry her childhood sweetheart William. But disaster strikes and she is aghast to experience her circumstances turning upside down when her father dies. Soon she finds herself shipped out to land they own in the West Indies to marry for the good of the remaining family.

Minerva is part of the staff at her new plantation home and they immediately become friends--despite the delicate nature of their differing positions as merchant's daughter and slave. But Minerva has complications of her own--particularly from an abusive overseer. Nancy is eventually driven to murder him, and together they become fugitives. Joining a pirate ship comes naturally to both of them and a wild, wild life of seafaring and adventure begins.

With detailed research that leaps from every page, Rees's narrative is atmospheric but never heavy. She moves the story along at a jaunty pace, making it impossible for the reader to get bogged down. Rich and exciting, Pirates! is another triumph and unlikely to be bested by another pirate novel for some years to come. (Recommended for ages 12 and over.) --John McLay --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up–Listeners will find oceans of adventure with a feminine twist in Celia Rees's Pirates! (Bloomsbury, 2003). This vividly-recounted, first person tale is told by Nancy Kington, an English heiress who flees to the high seas to avoid a cruel, arranged marriage. She's accompanied by Minerva Sharpe, her mulatto maid turned confidante, and both young women dress and work as men on a pirate ship that is plundering the West Indies in the early 18th century. Encounters with other pirates, British authorities, slave dealers, and mutinous crew members provide plenty of action, and although these women are strong and capable, they don't lose their softer side. They have many loyal shipmates, but Kington continues to seek her lost love and Sharpe finds a new one. Treasures are won and lost, and a set of ruby jewels almost proves their undoing, but in the end each young woman returns to safer shores. When their paths must diverge, they are sustained by powerful bonds of friendship and family. Jennifer Wiltsie narrates with a light British accent that turns from flint to velvet as the story demands. The sturdy case has an intriguing cover, and both case and cassettes are well marked. Sound quality is good with appropriate music opening and closing the book's narration. Listeners who grew up with Avi's The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (HarperCollins, 1992) will find this occasionally violent story equally riveting. It is an exciting recording that will attract adventure-loving audiences in middle, high school, and public libraries.–Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 6 2004
Format: Audio Cassette
Today it is not at all unusual to find women taking on and conquering tasks that were once for men only - women soar into outer space, climb mountains, and fill top level political positions. However, such was not the case a short while ago. After all, in the total scheme of history several hundred years ago is a brief period, and that is where this high seas adventure begins.
Celia Rees brings us the story of Nancy Kingston and Minerva Sharpe, two young women who more than kicked over the traces with astounding bravery and spirit. Nancy is our narrator, and voice performer Jennifer Wiltsie who delivers a bravura reading perfectly captures the nuances of 18th language as she describes Nancy's horror upon discovering the cruelties of slavery.
When Nancy's father, her remaining parent, dies she journeys to her family's plantation in Jamaica. She doesn't know that her brothers intend to marry her off to a despicable Caribbean whom she has never met. In addition to this dreadful thought she is appalled by the condition of the slaves on her late father's plantation. Little did she realize that they were treated so inhumanely.
Befriending Minerva, a slave girl close to her age, the two find they have much in common - primarily a desire to flee from the island. So, the two do run off and join the crew of a pirate ship.
As one would expect life on a pirate ship is fraught with excitement; there's everything from mutiny to storms at sea to duels to harrowing escapes.
While the story is suggested for 7 to 10 graders, adults will find themselves listening in, quickly absorbed by this thrilling story, and Ms. Wiltsie's evocative reading.
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By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 6 2004
Format: Audio Cassette
Today it is not at all unusual to find women taking on and conquering tasks that were once for men only - women soar into outer space, climb mountains, and fill top level political positions. However, such was not the case a short while ago. After all, in the total scheme of history several hundred years ago is a brief period, and that is where this high seas adventure begins.
Celia Rees brings us the story of Nancy Kingston and Minerva Sharpe, two young women who more than kicked over the traces with astounding bravery and spirit. Nancy is our narrator, and voice performer Jennifer Wiltsie who delivers a bravura reading perfectly captures the nuances of 18th language as she describes Nancy's horror upon discovering the cruelties of slavery.
When Nancy's father, her remaining parent, dies she journeys to her family's plantation in Jamaica. She doesn't know that her brothers intend to marry her off to a despicable Caribbean whom she has never met. In addition to this dreadful thought she is appalled by the condition of the slaves on her late father's plantation. Little did she realize that they were treated so inhumanely.
Befriending Minerva, a slave girl close to her age, the two find they have much in common - primarily a desire to flee from the island. So, the two do run off and join the crew of a pirate ship.
As one would expect life on a pirate ship is fraught with excitement; there's everything from mutiny to storms at sea to duels to harrowing escapes.
While the story is suggested for 7 to 10 graders, adults will find themselves listening in, quickly absorbed by this thrilling story, and Ms. Wiltsie's evocative reading.
- Gail Cooke
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By A Customer on May 20 2004
Format: Hardcover
Say you're a wealthy merchant's daughter, and then your father dies. You're taken to your father's old sugar plantation where you are forced into marriage. What do you do? Run away and become a pirate of course! This is exactly what Nancy Kington does in the novel Pirates! by Celia Rees .
When Nancy runs away with a slave girl, she is leaving her old life behind. But why is she leaving it? Well, Nancy is fleeing from an arranged marriage that she has been forced into, and Minerva, the slave girl and Nancy's friend, is fleeing from the overseer at the plantation. The two girls become pirates to escape their past lives, and they travel throughout the seas, dressed like men.
As pirates the two young women are forced to survive storms, captures, and revolts. All through the story, the Brazilian, who is the man Nancy was supposed to marry, is following Nancy day and night. He is mysteriously connected to a ruby necklace and a pair of ruby earring that are in Nancy's possession. Nancy receives terrifying dreams throughout the story in which the Brazilian says that he is coming for her. While running from the Brazilian, Nancy is also looking for William, her long lost childhood love, while trying to live life as a pirate. Unfortunately, William is in the British Navy, and he is hunting and killing pirates just like Nancy. As Nancy goes through all of this, she and Minerva build a strong bond together that proves to be invaluable. I won't reveal the end of the story, but all of the events build up to an amazing and surprising conclusion.
Celia Rees is an excellent writer, known for some of her previous novels, such as Witch Child and Sorceress. Pirates! is just as good as the aforementioned books. The story is filled with excitement, adventure, fear, sadness, happiness, friendship, love, and so much more! I highly recommend it!
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