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Children's LiteratureHere's a rollicking tale of adventure on the high seas that is sure to capture the imagination of reluctant readers and keep book-lovers reading by flashlight long after their parents have called for lights out. It's 1688, and young Davy Shea and his uncle are sailing the Caribbean aboard the pirate-hunting frigate, Aurora. This is the third book in the "Pirate Hunter" series, which follows Davy and his crew mates as they chase the dread pirate Jack Steele from one hair-raising skirmish to the next. There's not a slow moment in the book—the plot races along. But Strickland and Fuller don't rely on plot alone to draw the reader in. The characters are vividly drawn, with the kind of human longings, shortcomings, and heroism that will bring them alive for young readers. And the level of historical detail—particularly as it relates to life aboard 17th Century sailing ships—is extraordinary. For lovers of adventure with a historical flair, this book is a sure-fire winner. 2003, Aladdin Paperbacks/Simon and Schuster, Ages 8 to 12.
— Barbara Carroll Roberts