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VOYADaniel Markham is moving to Jamaica because his father wants to get away from the merchant business-or might it be from a certain pirate, Josiah Black? While traveling, Daniel's ship is pillaged by Black's Tempest Galley, and Robert Markham is murdered. Black takes Daniel under his protection, forcing him to partake in piracy. Eventually Daniel learns that Black is his real father who was a commissioned privateer for the governor of Boston (Daniel's grandfather, who did not approve of his daughter's choice of husband). Black was branded pirate, and his love was quickly married to Robert Markham. Daniel finds that he cannot reconcile this new lifestyle, so he sneaks away. Daniel is caught, tried for piracy, and sentenced to hang, before Black rescues Daniel by turning himself over on condition of Daniel's release. This gritty and realistic novel has swashbuckling adventure on the high seas, with a protagonist who must make difficult life-changing decisions and who possesses a strong "right-and-wrong" mentality. With an authentic feel of historical accuracy, the story is somewhat gruesome at times, with the murder of Robert Markham, battles at sea, Daniel trying to push back in the innards of an injured man, and an enemy cutting off two of Daniel's fingers while torturing him about buried treasure. Its reading level is fifth grade and up; however, because of the graphic occurrences of violence, more mature readers or those thirteen years or older would be the audience for this book. The glossary explains nautical and pirate terms. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P M J (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to9). 2005, Knopf, 192p.; Glossary. Further Reading., and PLB Ages 11 to 15.