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Blackheart's Legacy

Blackheart's Legacy

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by Sally Copus
     
 

Jon Sinclair is a precocious twelve-year-old boy living with grandparents who have a very unique hobby: time travel. Having already made several trips in the time capsule known as the Carousel, Jon and his grandmother plan a trip back to July 4, 1776, to watch the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

But things go horribly awry when the

Overview

Jon Sinclair is a precocious twelve-year-old boy living with grandparents who have a very unique hobby: time travel. Having already made several trips in the time capsule known as the Carousel, Jon and his grandmother plan a trip back to July 4, 1776, to watch the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

But things go horribly awry when the Carousel malfunctions, and they are thrust onto the shores of Port Royal, Jamaica, in 1692. As his grandmother works to repair the machine, Jon wanders off on his own-and is promptly kidnapped by the notorious pirate, Captain BlackHeart. Forced into the role of cabin boy, Jon does his best to adapt to a rugged life at sea as his grandparents embark on a desperate search to find him.

Will Jon survive his frightening ordeal? Or will he meet his fate at the hands of rival pirates-or, worse yet, as the result of a tidal wave that threatens to destroy the entire pirate stronghold?

Filled with excitement, mystery, and harrowing danger, BlackHeart's Legacy: Book One of the Odyssey of Jon Sinclair is a thrilling time-travel adventure that will captivate readers of all ages.

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Kirkus Reviews
In the first book of debut author Copus' planned series, a boy and his grandmother travel back in time to hobnob with marauding pirates in search of hidden treasure. Clearly familiar with what should constitute the building blocks of a kid-friendly adventure story, Copus begins the book with a seemingly foolproof plan gone disastrously awry. Alistair and Kathryn (Grammy) Sinclair--12-year-old Jon's grandparents and full-time guardians following the mysterious death of his parents in a plane crash--are gearing up to send Jon to 1776 Philadelphia to witness the signing of the Declaration of Independence. While retired NASA employee Alistair won't be joining them in the silver time-travel capsule Carousel this time around, Grammy goes along for the ride to prevent any mishaps. But with a loud whirl and a classic sci-fi jolt, the ship's malfunctioning navigation device instead sends them crashing to the shores of 1692 Port Royal, Jamaica, kicking their journey into high gear. Soon, Jon is kidnapped by the crew of the Black Opal, led by the notorious Captain BlackHeart. Grammy--disguised as a boy named Gramm--gains passage as a cook on the ship of BlackHeart's conniving rival, Shark Scar, in hopes of somehow crossing paths with Jon. As the novel picks up speed, so too do the cleverly hidden surprises. BlackHeart isn't as nasty as he initially seems; it's easy to root for him and his devoted crew during treasure dives and explosive battles with warring buccaneers, especially since he's taken the ever-trusting Jon under his wing. Gramm's grandmotherly resourcefulness in winning over Shark Scar's mutinous, scurvy-inflicted crew never feels unbelievable, and one character's just-in-the-knick-of-time appearance adds an element of urgency to an already deliciously thrilling finale. The cliff-hanger ending foreshadows a surely exciting voyage to the lost city of Atlantis. Middle-grade readers (boys especially): Don't dillydally; grab this nearly flawless book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781450534420
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
06/23/2010
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.69(d)
Lexile:
930L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Sally Copus is enjoying a second career as a full time writer. The former CEO of a large direct marketing firm, she combines her extensive world travels with a love of history to bring the past to life for young readers.

BlackHeart's Legacy is the first book in The Odyssey of Jon Sinclair series, followed by the highly anticipated Keys to Atlantis.

Copus resides in a pre-Civil War home built in 1850 that overlooks the majestic Missouri River in historic Lexington, Missouri. She draws inspiration from her surroundings and her four grandchildren.

Read more on author's website: www.sallycopus.com

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DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Just in time for summer reading for kids I’ve found another buried treasure that sparkles and shines for both boys and girls!! Here is a time travel adventure about a young boy and his grandparents who discover what it is really like to sail the high seas in the late 17th century aboard a pirate ship or two. Join Jon Sinclair as is taken under the wing of the legendary pirate, BlackHeart. Jon will brave the deadly seas, face hurricanes, searching for buried treasury and see firsthand what a battle on the high seas is really like. Meanwhile, Gammy has been separated from Jon and must go undercover as a young boy galley cook to head out on another pirate ship who is hunting BackHeart down. Stuck in the 21st century, Grandpa knows something has gone terribly wrong and he, too take a leap across the ages to rescue his family. BlackHeart’s Legacy by Sally Copus is true adventure reading for younger readers, filled with all of the danger, intrigue and magic of living in another time, in a world where only the strong, brave or lucky survive. Discover if history comes alive for yourself, if there is more to pirate tales than meets the eye and if a contemporary family can adjust in a more chaotic and wild era where the swords flash, waves roll and the day to day work of a seafaring crew is tough, but necessary. Will Jon discover there is more to the feared BlackHeart than legends have told? Sally Copus infuses humor, danger and awe in the world she has created for younger readers. With a brilliant detail and a fast pace, there is no time to be bored! I received this copy from Sally Copus in exchange for my honest review.