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Nancy Kington, a wealthy merchants daughter living in Bristol, England in the early 1700s, is sometimes lonely but enjoys the privileges her fathers business brings. Minerva Sharpe is a penniless slaves daughter living and working on the Kingtons Jamaican plantation. These two young women, united through a set of extraordinary circumstances including a brutal murder, an arranged marriage, and set of ruby earrings, find themselves sailing the high seas in search of love, adventure and freedomas pirates!
Celebrated British author Celia Rees (Witch Child, Sorceress) has penned a treasure chest of a tale that will keep teens glued to the pages until the last villain sinks to a deserved watery grave and the last beautiful heroine is reunited with her lost love. Frustrated land-lubbers will want to follow up this four-star read with L.A. Meyers Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ships Boy or Sara Lorimers Booty, a collection of all-true tales of swashbuckling women.--Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
Grade 6-9-This swashbuckling adventure features all of the elements of a grand pirate tale: sword fights, duels, charming rogues, true love, murder, and the odd severed head. Narrator Nancy Kington joins a pirate crew to escape an arranged marriage to a deliciously evil Brazilian, a former pirate himself. She takes along Minerva, a slave who not too surprisingly turns out to be her half sister. The pirates, in one of many happy coincidences, are captained by Mr. Broom, who had already befriended Nancy on an earlier voyage. Quickly adapting to the life, the two young women survive storms, capture, mutiny, and more. This crew manages to steal with little or no bloodshed, except when the victims are clearly villainous themselves. Nancy comes to relish the excitement of sea life, but still hopes to reunite with the young man she loves, who serves with the British Navy. The narration is well paced and engrossing, giving readers a strong feel for the times without bogging down in details. Nancy describes the practice of slavery and the rights of women perceptively, but fairly convincingly for a 1725 character of her background and experience. The first 100 pages are less exciting than the rest of the book, but they set the stage nicely for the involving exploits that follow. The inevitable showdown with the Brazilian provides a satisfying page-turner of a climax. While a few of the supporting characters seem a bit wooden, and some plot twists stretch credulity, this is a rip-roaring adventure with an engaging female heroine.
Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
I couldn't put it down! It's truly a great story. Especially for people who love pirates of the caribbean! Rees wrote this book so well! Perfect all the way through!Published on June 8 2004 by Gwen
If you liked the Pirates of the Carribbean movie, you'll probably like this book. Although it does lack Johnny Depp *sigh* it has a lot of the same elements, like the fact that the... Read morePublished on June 2 2004
Every so often my family drives for 16 hours back to our home state of Wisconsin from Pennsylvania. The day before we left, My mom, my sister and I, all went to the library to find... Read morePublished on May 3 2004
I picked up this book at the library because it said Pirates on it and I am a total pirate freak. While the Johnny Depp movie is muchmuchmuch better(let's face it, not much can... Read morePublished on April 19 2004 by Daydream Believer
Taking place in the 1700's, this is the story of Nancy Kington and Minierva Sharpe who are forced to run away from the Kington's Jamaican plantation, after killing a man in self... Read morePublished on April 18 2004
This is a novel for girls who like Pirates of the Caribbean; Nancy and Minerva are at least as exciting as heroes and pirates as the characters played by Johnny Depp and Orlando... Read morePublished on March 29 2004 by Julia Walter
Good writing combined with decent research on pirates and sailing in the 18th century. But the plot is straight out of Holywood, way too unrealistic. Read morePublished on March 23 2004
I loved this book, it gives girls courage and showed me how if you put your mind to it you can do it. I normally do not like historical fiction but this book was wonderful. Read morePublished on March 20 2004 by Amy
As an adult reader I found this book excellent and one that you will want to read more than once! Who says it's just for teenagers?! Read morePublished on March 18 2004 by Katrina-UK