Forced to remain silent after being kidnapped by pirates, Christopher must find a way to save an innocent merchant ship's captain and his daughter from the evil grasp of Captain Redblade. Proving that friendship and family are worth fighting for no matter the costs.
"Delightful adventurous and sometimes heart pumping tale I could not put down!"
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"Everyone loves a good adventure tale, especially one about pirates, and "Arrgh" definitely fits the bill. Working in an elementary school library, it is a treat to find a book that will interest both girls and boys at all grade levels. "Arrgh"is one of those books...a fun read...you won't be disappointed."
Fidalgo Elementary School Library
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
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This is a middle grade book, but it kept my interest and I really enjoyed it. Christopher is a 13 year old orphan who ends up in an orphanage where the orphans are taken advantage of and worked to the bone. He runs away and hopes to get a job on a ship. He overhears a couple of pirates talking about stealing a shipment of guns and when he gets caught, the pirates take him captive with the plan to sell him once they reach the Carribbean Islands. He is taken board a merchant ship where he is threatened and made to pretend he is mute. Christopher has very little self-esteem and does not think anyone will believe his story. The captain's daughter Lucy, figures out he can talk and has been hiding something. With the help of a mouseguide, Leo and a monkey, Sugar, he learns the five lessons and develops a lot of confidence. With lots of ups and downs, Christopher saves the day with the help of his friends, Lucy, Leo and Sugar. A fun read for middle school children and up. Thanks to netgalley for a copy of this book to read and review.
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I was super excited to receive this middle grade fantasy story as it has been years when I read my last middle grade novel and as icing on cake was the Pirate theme. At the same time I also thought that being a book targeted for younger audience it might not be able to keep me interested but I really wanted to have a change so I took the plunge. Man! I am so happy that I decided to read this one. It is fabulous. It kept me hooked from first chapter where we meet the Young but Orphan Christopher who is forming a plan to break free of his pathetic orphanage and have his own life. But then those 'bad people' catch him and treat him as slave while telling others that he is there relative. Worry not our Christopher is not alone, now we are introduced to the second most important character of the story - a human guide Leo and this hero is not a human or a big animal but a wee mouse. You Surprised? I was! and as the story progress we will get more surprises. The entire book is written so well that there is never a dull moment and I really liked how author inserted little but important life lessons throughout the book without sounding out of the place or forced. We have smart and intelligent kid characters who will be guiding the adults in problem. I can't wait to read this story to my little sisters the next time we meet. I am sure they are going to like this one. The kid in me is super satisfied with this one
Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite Christopher has been kidnapped! If that's not bad enough, the nasty Captain Redblade also managed to make off with a beautiful young lady and her father too. It's up to Christopher to find a way out of his predicament and save them from danger. It's high tide and time to set sail on an amazing adventure of a life time. Arrgh! by Stacey R. Campbell is without a doubt my favorite Middle Grade book that I've read this year! I admit, I have a soft spot for all things piratical, but I think I would have loved this story even if it wasn't about my favorite kinds of swashbuckling scallywags. The illustrations, provided by the talented M.S. Corley, really helped to set the tone for adventure, and although they weren't obvious, I enjoyed the illustrations very much. Maps are always fun for kids because they get a visual sense of what the book is about. Another thing that I appreciated was the glossary of terms. While once common, these terms are far from ordinary to today's youth so if you expect them to know "aft" and "Halyard" you better provide! Campbell did just that, and in doing so improved the seafaring vocabulary of both children and adults (myself included!) Arggh! is an awesome book. It's going to make kids of all ages long for the salty seas and the adventurous life of piratedom. I will be gifting copies of this to my niece and nephew shortly and recommend it to anyone with kids, or even adults who want to dive into some cute and fun Middle Grade fiction.