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Pirates!by Celia Rees
One of the best things about a good novel is that you can read about people having adventures you'd never in a million years want to have yourself. Nancy Kington and Minerva Sharpe are two of the bravest girls in young adult literature, joining a band of pirates in order to escape a worse fate. If you're in the mood for a suspenseful, thrilling tale (and, yes, a bit of a love story), this could be the right book for you.
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Nancy Kington, daughter of a rich merchant, suddenly orphaned when her father dies, is sent to live on her family's plantation in Jamaica. Disgusted by the treatment of the slaves and her brother's willingness to marry her off, she and one of the slaves, Minerva, run away and join a band of pirates. For both girls the pirate life is their only chance for freedom in a society where both are treated like property, rather than individuals. Together they go in search of adventure, love, and a new life that breaks all restrictions of gender, race, and position. Told through Nancy's writings, their adventures will appeal to readers across the spectrum and around the world.
"A wealthy young woman escapes an arranged marriage by posing as a pirate. In a starred review, PW wrote, 'Fans of Rees's earlier Witch Child will relish this highly romantic cross-dressing romp on the high seas in the early 18th century.' Ages 12-up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Fast paced, exciting, and full of unexpected twists and turns....The author does not gloss over the reality of this world and the facts can often be both shocking and very moving." Children's Literature
"Amid the appealing adventures are serious considerations of the plight of slaves and women. Rees is a good researcher who gets the historical details right." KLIATT
The daughter of a rich Jamaican landowner and one of the plantation slaves run away and join a band of pirates. For both girls the pirate life is their only chance for freedom in a society where both are treated like property, rather than individuals.
About the Author
Celia Rees is the author of many books for young readers including bestseller Witch Child and Sorceress. Her first book was published in 1993, a thriller for teenagers. She now divides her time between writing, talking to readers in schools and libraries, and teaching creative writing. She gets her inspiration from the world around her: newspaper stories, people she meets, places she visits. Celia lives in Leamington Spa, England with her husband and teenage daughter, Catrin.
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