Pirate's Passage

Pirate's Passage

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by William Gilkerson
     
 

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Nova Scotia, 1952. Not exactly the place you’d expect to run into pirates. But an old mariner, his boat driven ashore in a gale, brings with him enough stories about buccaneers and their lore to make it seem that he must have had firsthand experience of the pirate life. But how is that possible? Captain Charles Johnson’s uncanny knowledge of

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Nova Scotia, 1952. Not exactly the place you’d expect to run into pirates. But an old mariner, his boat driven ashore in a gale, brings with him enough stories about buccaneers and their lore to make it seem that he must have had firsthand experience of the pirate life. But how is that possible? Captain Charles Johnson’s uncanny knowledge of seamanship’s dark side fuels the imagination of the young boy he befriends, setting the boy on his own journey of mysterious adventure.

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VOYA
Once you start reading Pirate's Passage, it's hard to stop! Captain Johnson puts Jim into his stories and helps Jim experience the pirate's lives. It makes the stories seem real to Jim and to the reader. Who Captain Johnson is or where he came from is never revealed, but it adds to the suspense. Teens may not pick this book up, but if someone introduces them to it, they will enjoy its mystery and magic. VOYA CODES: 5Q 3P M J (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2005, Shambhala Publications/Random House, 361p., Ages 11 to 15.
—Megan Whitacre, Teen Reviewer
Children's Literature - Ann Sanger
For mystery lovers of all ages, this is a must read. The author/illustrator Gilkerson is also sailor, historian, and adventurer. The nautical terminology and detailed descriptions of the sailing voyages were very challenging to this landlubber. However, this book was hard to put down. The wonderfully mystical tale begins with the narration of a young lad named Jim, who helps his mother operate a small historic inn along the coast of Nova Scotia. During a frightful storm in mid-November of 1952, a mysterious seaman literally blows into the Grey Rocks Harbour. The resulting friendship between Captain Charles Johnson and Jim proves beneficial for the twelve-year-old boy as well as lucrative to the floundering inn. Captain Johnson's avoidance of Aunt Karen's personal questioning is bewildering and causes her to be skeptical about his genuineness. He is an authority on the lives and battles of the most notorious pirates. His frequent references to the book General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pirate, during his reminiscences cause Jim and Aunt Karen to wonder if the Captain is indeed the author. During some history sessions given by the Captain, Jim is drawn into role-playing that blurs reality. The wealth of information about "the brotherhood" and the vivid description of numerous well-known buccaneers, privateers, and pirates prove this fictional piece to be a great resource. This novel would be spellbinding for students interested in pirates.
From the Publisher
Winner of the 2006 Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Literature

"A palimpsest upon Treasure Island, William Gilkerson's beguiling creation, Pirate's Passage, has everything: irresistible characters, richly textured history, humor, suspense, and adventure. Steeped in wit, philosophy, and mystical ambiguity, it takes a maverick approach to history. A challenging children's novel with a dangerous edge, Pirate's Passage is a work of genius. . . . This novel will be read by readers of all generations."—Canada Council for the Arts

Winner of the New York Library Association "Book of the Season" Award Spring 2006 in the Young Adult Book Category

"Captivated, my imagination bound hand-and foot, I was shanghaied by Pirate's Passage."—Philip Kopper, The Washington Times

"Beautifully paced, well-written, thoughtful, and clever. Gilkerson's familiarity with seamanship (he is the author of ten books on nautical matters) makes it especially enjoyable."—The London Times

“Full of intrigue and fascinating history.”—VOYA

"A small seaside town . . . a mysterious visitor . . . a voyage of self-discovery. Around all of this swirls a centuries-spanning world of pirates, mentors, and foes—and unlikely friends. It's a mystical and illuminating tale."—Matthew P. Murphy, Editor, WoodenBoat

"This marvelous tale crashed over me like a great wave, submerging me in a gleeful yarn of adventure, intrigue, and memorable characters. Pirate's Passage creates its own kind of ship—and I advise any readers who enjoy a rollicking good story to climb aboard!"—T. A. Barron, author of The Great Tree of Avalon

"A wonderful adventure, with everything you could ask for: pirates, stolen cannon, secret passages, sea voyages, and scurvy knaves. I heartily recommend this book to the piratically-inclined reader of any age."—Garth Nix

"Wonderfully authentic . . . vividly brings to life the dark and violent world of the pirates of the Caribbean."—David Cordingly, author of Under the Black Flag

"Pirate enthusiasts, prepare to settle in for a deliciously unsettling adventure."—The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780834826571
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
01/24/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Award-winning author William Gilkerson is a sailor, painter, journalist, historian, and adventurer. He is the author of the novel Ultimate Voyage, as well as ten nonfiction books on nautical topics, and his paintings are internationally acknowledged to be among the finest contemporary maritime art. He lives with his family on the shores of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, where he sails his ancient cutter, Elly.

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Pirate's Passage 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent book. Combines the history of pirates and brings them back to life in the 1950's with the arrival of the mysterious Captain Johnson. The Captain is a very strong character which would be a welcome addition to the "Big Screen". The only problem being, who could play the part and do the Captain justice in this wonderfully written adventure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This fictional tale weaves non-fiction stories from history sparking interest in buccaneers from years and lives past.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was actually captivating, not too many free books are enjoyable reads but this one is
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