Mystery at Blackbeard's Cove

Mystery at Blackbeard's Cove

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Mystery at Blackbeard's Cove 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Mystery Blackbeard's Cove Author: Audrey Penn Illustrators: Joshua Miller & Philip Howard Publisher: Tanglewood Published: 10-31-2013 ISBN: 10: 0974930318 ISBN-13: 978-0974930312 E-Book ASIN: B001UHOUOY Pages: 368 Genre: Young Adult Sub-Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Paranormal Reviewed For NetGalley & Tanglewood Reviewed by: DelAnne Stars : 4.5 Set in North Carolina's Ocracoke Island, where Theodora "Mrs Theo" McNemmish. at 96z , is the undisputed matriarch of the island, as well as the greatest storyteller. Zeek Beacon is a modern day pirate of the lowest class who threatens Mrs McNemmish if she does not tell him where the hidden treasure of Blackbeard is. Theodora has been telling the stories about the treasure of Blackbeard to the Island children for generations. The latest recipients of this wealth of folk lore are Daniel Garrish, Billy O'Neal, Mark Tillet and Stephanie Austin. The for teenagers come upon Beacon threatening Mrs. Theo and are threatened as well. After Beacon leaves Mrs. Theo has them sit and listen as she tells them of the treasure she found years ago. The treasure of her ancestor, Blackbeard, as well as some very special seeds. She told them how one day she was going to be a pirate side by side with Blackbeard himself on the ghost ship Queen Anne's Revenge. When asked if she didn't need to be dead first, she agreed that was so and that she needed to be buried at sea. She then promised that whoever buries her at sea would be as rich as Midas and hold the wealth of the world in their hands. As the children walk home the boys agree to make sure Mrs. Theo's wish to be buried at sea is granted, but Stephanie wants no part of it. With 24 hours Mrs. Theo is dead and the children come up with a plan to steal her body from the church before her funeral and get Stephanie agree to help. With many obstacles and nearly getting caught numerous times they accomplish the task and Mrs McNemmish is granted her wish and joins the crew of Blackbeard on Queen Anne's Revenge. That's when their trouble really begins. Everyone is looking for the person or persons who burglarized and cased fire damage to the church and stole a body. Zeek Beacon wants to know where Mrs. Theo has hidden Blackbeard's treasure and does not care whom he has to hurt to get it. Follow, Daniel, Billy, Mark and Stephanie as they search the clues Mrs. Theo left for them and try to stay one step ahead of Zeek. Not to mention keep everyone from finding out what happened to Mrs. Theo. This is a mystery for all of us who ever played pirates or dream of being one. The child in all of us will enjoy Mystery of Blackbeard's Cove and crave more when we come to the end. Lucky for us all Ms. Penn has the next two books in the series ready for us to read so the adventure does not have to end. This is a series for any age ten or above, any sex that loves a good mystery and any voracious reader that loves a good story that will hold your interest from start to finish. Enjoy yourselves today. My rating of "Mystery Blackbeard's Cove" is 4.5 out of 5 stars.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This book is a middle grades version of Pirates of the Caribbean mixed with some Indiana Jones. It is a chapter book for middle grade children who love adventure, pirates, with some supernatural mixed in. On Ocracoke Island in South Carolina we meet our heroes and their mentor/friend Mrs. McNemmish, who is a descendant of Blackbeard. She makes the children, Stefanie, Mark, Billy and Daniel promise to bury her at sea. They will then get a key to unlock Blackbeard's treasure. Of course they comply with this request but not with their parents agreement. They break into the church, steal her coffin, accidentally set fire to the church, fall of the bellfry almost drown and that is just the beginning of their adventure. Finding secret tunnels, skeletons, bats, getting bit by spiders and finding treasure chests are all part of the adventure. It is told in a way that catches your attention and you want to keep reading to see what happens. While all this is going on, we meet up with Blackbeard and his crew on the Queen Anne's Revenge as ghosts on a ghost ship. There is a fun sequence in the book where they actually get to attack another boat but I will let the reader find out about that part. The reason why I did not give this book 5 stars were the character of Stefanie. She was whiny, actually rather mean to the boys and they placated her and constantly told her how brave she was. It really gave the one female character in the book a rather sad personality which gave me a bad taste. There were not a lot of illustrations in this book but the ones that were in it were black and white and contained just enough detail and information to support the story and give people some vision of the characters and their situation. I recommend this book to elementary school libraries as well as junior classroom libraries. A fun, adventurous read. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
druidgirl More than 1 year ago
When you have pirates,treasure,ghosts and hidden tunnels and then add 4 children to the mix you get a fun-filled and whimsical story. Widow Nemmish asks the children to bury her at sea when the times comes and they agree thus sending the children on a wondrous ans at times dangerous adventure. I would recommend this book to young and old readers. The characters are well-written and believable, and the legends and folk-lore were well researched and quite interesting. Although this is a children's book I truly enjoyed reading it. Thank s to Net Galley and Tanglewood publishers for letting me read this entertaining book.
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Four children, Stephanie, Mark, Billy, and Daniel, set off from a small town near Ocracoke Island seeking Blackbeard¿s legendary treasure. Their search begins when Mrs. McNemish, a beloved relative of Blackbeard, leaves them a letter outlining her last wishes, namely to have her remains buried at sea and for the children to find Blackbeard¿s treasure. Unfortunately, this requires them to break into a church and almost die at the hands of one Zeek Beacon. Mystery at Blackbeard's Cove had a wonderful plot that kept this reader on the edge of his seat. The characters in this book were fantastic. Stephanie, the lone girl of the foursome, provided humor during tense moments, while her friend, Mark, was a strange character who communicated silently with gestures. Billy, a third member of the group, was a caring friend to all. Mystery at Blackbeard's Cove was loaded with suspense. The skeletons that scared Stephanie had the same effect on this reader. In addition, Zeek Beacon was an effective villain because he seemed evil, scary,and capable of harming any other treasure hunters. The appearance of the ghost pirate ship of Blackbeard was another frightening part of the book, especially when it opened fire on Zeek¿s sailing ship. This book is loaded with great adventure. The ongoing search for the treasure is action-packed. Episodes such as breaking into the church, and the boys getting caught in a whirlpool were exciting. In conclusion, Mystery at Blackbeard¿s Cove is a very enjoyable book that is highly recommended! J.Barton
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this up to read to my kids and couldn't put it down myself! What fun! Mystery, history, humor . . . I laughed and laughed and couldn't wait to see what would happen next. We have also read the second installment and are eagerly awaiting the third. An added bonus is that Ocracoke Island is a real place which adds an interesting element to the entire story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so fun with sufficient mystery and suspense, but not exceptionally dark. It was extra entertaining because we had visited the real setting, Okracoke Island, N.C.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent beginning is wasted on the rest of the book. The four youngsters do nothing but argue and the arguments do nothing to move the plot along. The whole book is mean-spirited and very disappointing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 11 year old daughter loves mysteries and this seemed like a throwback mystery of the type I used to love when I was a kid. It is more than that. Both my wife and I have read it, my oldest has already read it 3 times and it is the first bookshe always recommends to friends. Any book that can inspire that is tops on my list.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book . It had a lot of adventures in the book.It was also somewhat funny. Kids who love mystery books will love this book.It is very excitnig.You never know whats going to happen next .I 'll read this book over and over because I love it.You will like this book so much you will want to read more Audrey Penn books.This book will blow you away I give it a way thumbs up!!!!:)