Lilly and the Pirates

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Lilly, a bookworm and notorious worrywart, quells her fears by writing furiously in her worry journal. But when Lilly learns that her scientist parents are lost at sea, she bravely takes the tiller of the Last Chance. In this fast-paced adventure, Lilly must overcome her fear of the sea, find a hidden island, and outsmart a bunch of treasure-hungry pirates.

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Overview

Lilly, a bookworm and notorious worrywart, quells her fears by writing furiously in her worry journal. But when Lilly learns that her scientist parents are lost at sea, she bravely takes the tiller of the Last Chance. In this fast-paced adventure, Lilly must overcome her fear of the sea, find a hidden island, and outsmart a bunch of treasure-hungry pirates.

“This transformation from skittish bookworm to swashbuckling pirate girl is the real buried treasure in this enjoyable preposterous, emotionally resonant, library-revering adventure."  
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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* "[An] enjoyably preposterous, emotionally resonant, library-revering adventure." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Many children will relate to this rather cozy adventure story and its lovably flawed heroine." --Booklist

"Full of adventure and questions of 'What next?'" --Library Media Connection

Children's Literature - Elizabeth D. Schafer
Lilly, age ten, worries about everything. She frets when she is separated from her scientist parents whose exploration of the Shipwreck Islands requires sea travel, which frightens Lilly whom a rogue wave almost drowned as a toddler. Lilly stays with her Great-Uncle Ernest, a librarian, in Mundelaine where he constantly consults A Guide to a Visit from Your Great-Niece. A mystery fan, Lilly eagerly visits the Mundelaine library only to learn her fastidious uncle, who likes facts, prefers stocking the shelves with nonfiction. Lilly checks out The Prudent Mariner's Guide to the Shipwreck Islands which contains a map. Apprehensive when a strange salesman asks odd questions, Lilly bravely knocks on her new neighbor's door because that is what her fictional heroine Millicent Murray would do. She meets eccentric Mrs. Teagarden who identifies the salesman as the pirate Blackheart who is seeking William Barnacle's treasure, stating that Barnacle disappeared in the Shipwreck Islands. She agrees to answer Lilly's questions if Lilly takes the pirate's oath. A seagull delivers a message stating Lilly's parents have been shipwrecked. Aboard a stolen boat, Lilly steadies her nerves as Mrs. Teagarden teaches her nautical procedures while sailing to rescue her parents. Readers will vicariously roll with the waves when a storm and pursuing pirates force Lilly to be bold and discover her strengths, navigating toward a thrilling conclusion. Each chapter is introduced by a small illustration and includes a page devoted to artwork representing plot and character developments and offering clues to mysteries Lilly encounters. This adventure will appeal to bibliophiles of all ages. Read with Wendy Orr's Nim's Island (1999) and Nim at Sea (2007). Reviewer: Elizabeth D. Schafer
Kirkus Reviews
Ten-year-old Lilly is perfectly content to be hauled around the world by her scientist parents in pursuit of boomerang beetles and lily pad leeches. So when they decide to leave her behind with her gray-as-dust great-uncle Ernest (a librarian!) while they head for the Shipwreck Islands to study the frangipangi fruit fly, she's crushed. One day chez Uncle Ernest, a flock of homing seagulls delivers an ominous note from her parents: "Have hit reef, sinkin." The next thing Lilly knows, she's on a sailboat on her way to rescue them, lost at sea with the frumpy-fierce pirate Mrs. Teagarden: "Aye, well, that's a problem, trusting pirates. Even if ye're a pirate yerself," she says. Lilly, a notorious worrywart, especially about the treacherous sea, finds her fears blasted away by the ocean spray when she bravely takes the tiller of Last Chance. This transformation from skittish bookworm to swashbuckling pirate girl is the real buried treasure in this enjoyably preposterous, emotionally resonant, library-revering adventure. Shepperson's cartoonish pencil illustrations are as wonderfully detailed, action-packed and good-humored as the story. (Adventure. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590785836
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 116
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Phyllis Root has been writing for children for thirty years and has published more than forty books for young children. She currently teaches in the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Hamline University.

Rob Shepperson lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, with his wife and two daughters. His droll editorial drawings appear regularly in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. He is also illustrator of David Harrison's Bugs and The Big House by Carolyn Coman.

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