The Silver Casket

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SOMETHING WICKEDLY WEIRD IS HERE

The only thing worse than pirates are undead pirates.

He might have survived the first two books, but Stanley Buggles has hardly found a quiet life in his home of Cramdon Rock. Now there are two more dead pirates out to find Stanely, and this time there's an army with them. They want the precious key to the Silver Casket. Stanley doesn't know what's inside the Silver Casket, ...

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Overview

SOMETHING WICKEDLY WEIRD IS HERE

The only thing worse than pirates are undead pirates.

He might have survived the first two books, but Stanley Buggles has hardly found a quiet life in his home of Cramdon Rock. Now there are two more dead pirates out to find Stanely, and this time there's an army with them. They want the precious key to the Silver Casket. Stanley doesn't know what's inside the Silver Casket, but he and his friends will do everything in their power to not find out.

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“The eerie, darkly humorous black-and-white cartoon illustrations will attract readers.” —School Library Journal
Children's Literature - Jennifer Mitchell
Stanley Buggles is a young man who has inherited Candlestick Hall and, with it, an ongoing struggle against evil. Inside a stuffed fish, Stanley discovers a magical ibis. Despite their attempts to hide, it has raised the most evil and ruthless pirates from the dead. It is now up to Stanley and his best friend Daisy to stop the pirates before they can arrive and take over the island. Just as the pirate ships begin to draw close to the harbor, Stanley and Daisy get help from an unlikely group of gypsies. The determined youth risk their lives to save the ibis and kill the pirates. In the process, they solve an age-old mystery, which makes Stanley's housekeeper very happy. The pirates meet a sticky end, and with the help of a new friend named Victor, Stanley is able to discover what is in the silver casket. This is the third book of the "Something Wickedly Weird" series. Reviewer: Jennifer Mitchell
School Library Journal

Gr 4-6

Having saved Crampton Rock from werewolves and ghostly pirates in The Wooden Mile and The Icy Hand (both Roaring Brook, 2008), Stanley Buggles hopes that his island manor house is finally secure. Alas, Candlestick Hall hides the Ibis-an ancient relic that calls up a horde of even more evil pirate specters-including the fiendish Angel Cuzco, the most terrible buccaneer of all. The sinister spirits converge on the island, seeking the relic and the silver casket that it unlocks. Warned of the advancing armada by a Gypsy fortune-teller, Stanley calls on his friend Daisy and on the magical talking pike that used to hang on the parlor wall. Although the three adventurers don't know what the casket contains, they know that disaster will follow if it falls into the pirates' skeletal grasp. But what can a boy, a girl, and a stuffed fish do against the vilest scum that ever sailed the seven seas? Although this blend of pirates and ghosts has some scary moments, the plot action is uneven and depends heavily on the previous books. While the pirate talk is suitably salty, the kids' dialogue often seems rather stiff. The eerie, darkly humorous black-and-white cartoon illustrations will attract readers, but those unfamiliar with Stanley's earlier adventures are likely to be confused by this one.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596433861
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 4/14/2009
  • Series: Something Wickedly Weird Series , #3
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 480,633
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

CHRIS MOULD has won the Nottingham Children's Book Award and the Sheffield. He is married with two children and lives in Yorkshire, England.

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