Nautical Tales for Young Adventurers

Article by liz

I can begin this column in no other way than with my favorite bad joke: “What’s a pirate’s favorite letter?” This is the part where you all yell back, “R!”--or a piratical “ARRRRR.”

But no, matey: it be the C.

One of my true loves is the C--er, the sea, as well. So imagine my delight with the current trend of nautically-themed middle grade adventures! We’ve got all kinds of books about setting sail to new waters, pirate adventures, and journeys of discovery on the open sea.

Hook's Revenge, Book 1 Hook's Revenge Cover Image
By Heidi Schulz, John Hendrix (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781484711880
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 2015

Hook's Revenge, Book 2 The Pirate Code (Hook's Revenge, Book 2) Cover Image
By Heidi Schulz, John Hendrix (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781484717172
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 15th, 2015

HOOK'S REVENGE is everything I never knew I wanted from a Peter Pan sequel--namely, that Captain Hook's long-lost daughter receives a letter from her deceased father, asking her to go forth and avenge him. She does. It's great. And we have the sequel, just out Tuesday: THE PIRATE CODE!


Cast Off: The Strange Adventures of Petra de Winter and Bram Broen Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780525428565
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Dial Books - May 19th, 2015

CAST OFF isn't based on a true story, but it might as well be for how carefully researched and richly written it is. Twelve year-old Petra stows away aboard a Dutch merchantman in 1663, and must convince Bram, the son of the ship's carpenter, to help her hide. Pirates, illness, tough choices: it's great historical fiction. For any fans of THE TRUE CONFESSIONS OF CHARLOTTE DOYLE, here's a spiritual successor.


The Defiant Cover Image
By M. Quint, Lily Padula (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781936365548
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: McSweeney's - September 29th, 2015

Lit-savvy parents will recognize the characteristic quality of publisher McSweeney's in this absolutely stunning novel of found families and unlooked-for adventure. Students from a last-chance school for troubled kids field trip out to the bay to visit a formerly-sunken privateer, when a storm catches them--and suddenly San Francisco is nothing more than a smoky glow on the horizon. The book isn't just beautiful on the outside--the inside is full of gorgeous illustrations, too.


The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones Cover Image
By Will Mabbitt, Ross Collins (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780451471963
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - June 2nd, 2015

If you love Jim Henson or Lemony Snicket, this one's for you. Approved by the readers of our Acorn Reading Social, this piratical adventure is a romp through hilarious high seas. Plus, it features as a great warning against kids performing THE DEED (picking one's nose, then eating it): it'll get you kidnapped by pirates. And I hear those guys smell.
 
Pick up any one of these seafaring stories in our kids room--it's never too late to find your sea legs!


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