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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: #2,949,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nancy Kington, a wealthy merchant’s daughter living in Bristol, England in the early 1700’s, is sometimes lonely but enjoys the privileges her father’s business brings. Minerva Sharpe is a penniless slave’s daughter living and working on the Kington’s 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 freedom—as 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. Meyer’s Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship’s Boy or Sara Lorimer‘s Booty, a collection of all-true tales of swashbuckling women.--Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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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.

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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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