Stowaway: A Tale Of California Pirates

Stowaway: A Tale Of California Pirates

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by Kristiana Gregory
     
 

The year is 1818, and the coastal village of Monterey, California, is a peaceful home for 11-year-old Carlito and his family ... until pirate ships appear on the horizon. Carlito and his friends are excited at first. They can't wait to see what real pirates look like. But once the ships drop anchor, they attack. And on one terrible night, Carlito witnesses a murder -… See more details below

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The year is 1818, and the coastal village of Monterey, California, is a peaceful home for 11-year-old Carlito and his family ... until pirate ships appear on the horizon. Carlito and his friends are excited at first. They can't wait to see what real pirates look like. But once the ships drop anchor, they attack. And on one terrible night, Carlito witnesses a murder - his father's. When Carlito climbs on the pirate ship in search of revenge, the ship sets sail and he becomes a stowaway. Can Carlito bring his father's murderer to justice? Or will he suffer the same horrendous fate?

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Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
Hippolyte de Bouchard, captain of an Argentinean privateer, sailed the world in search of plunder. In 1818, he turned his attentions to raiding the coast of California. His assault on Monterey and areas south is the setting for this exciting historical fiction tale, seen through the eyes of 11-year-old Carlito. Having seen to the evacuation of Monterey before the pirate attack, Carlito joins his father in the town's defense, only to be witness to his father's death. During a misploted revenge mission, Carlito is captured by the pirates and becomes the cabin boy to the much-feared deBouchard. The camaraderie of the captives, the regimentation of the pirates, and the demanding and dangerous life on shipboard weave a fascinating and somewhat violent story of true events. Each chapter heading is listed in English, with a Spanish translation and Spanish terms are used frequently throughout the book. The author has included an extensive bibliography, glossary of nautical and Spanish terms, and several maps of this voyage.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-As she has done in several previous historical novels, Gregory brings to life events and perspectives not often found in the standard history texts. In this exciting novel based on the actual exploits of 19th-century pirate captain Hippolyte de Bouchard, 11-year-old Carlito, who lives in the settlement of Monterey, watches his father die at the hands of the pirates and becomes an unwilling stowaway on their ship when he seeks to avenge his death. While some of the dialogue is stilted, especially in emotional scenes, the sharks, the various cruelties of the pirate band, the bloody battles, and the suspenseful tone of the short, cliffhanger chapters will keep most readers involved. Meanwhile, Gregory provides insights into life in Alta California and nicely integrates Spanish words into the text. Historical notes, a glossary, a bibliography, and maps add to this novel's utility as a starting point for history lessons as well as for leisure reading.-Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590488235
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/1997
Series:
Stowaway
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
533,141
Product dimensions:
5.26(w) x 7.56(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile:
820L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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