Megan Whitacre, Teen Reviewer
Pirate's Passageby William Gilkerson
Off the coast of Nova Scotia in 1952, fierce winds force a small boat into port. The boat's pilot, an eccentric old sea captain, takes residence at a small inn run by young Jim and his mother. The captain's presence soon becomes invaluable- and Jim and his mother will never be the same again. But who is this odd and mysterious man who tells such engrossing and detailed stories about pirates, whom he likes to call "the Brotherhood of the Sea"?
Part adventure story, part coming-of-age tale, and part history of the pirates, this brilliant and delightful book will especially appeal to readers ages ten to fourtee- and to anyone interested in the world of pirates. Pirate's Passage also features more than forty exquisite line drawings by the author, who is considered one of the foremost maritime artists working today.
Megan Whitacre, Teen Reviewer
"A palimpsest upon Treasure Island, William Gilkerson's beguiling creation, Pirate's Passage, has everything: irresistible characters, richly textured history, humor, suspense, and adventure. Steeped in wit, philosophy, and mystical ambiguity, it takes a maverick approach to history. A challenging children's novel with a dangerous edge, Pirate's Passage is a work of genius. . . . This novel will be read by readers of all generations."—Canada Council for the Arts (www.canadacouncil.ca)
Winner of the New York Library Association "Book of the Season" Award Spring 2006 in the Young Adult Book Category
"Captivated, my imagination bound hand-and foot, I was shanghaied by Pirate's Passage."—Philip Kopper, The Washington Times
"Beautifully paced, well-written, thoughtful, and clever. Gilkerson's familiarity with seamanship (he is the author of ten books on nautical matters) makes it especially enjoyable."—The London Times
“Full of intrigue and fascinating history.”—VOYA
"A small seaside town . . . a mysterious visitor . . . a voyage of self-discovery. Around all of this swirls a centuries-spanning world of pirates, mentors, and foes—and unlikely friends. It's a mystical and illuminating tale."—Matthew P. Murphy, Editor, WoodenBoat
"This marvelous tale crashed over me like a great wave, submerging me in a gleeful yarn of adventure, intrigue, and memorable characters. Pirate's Passage creates its own kind of ship—and I advise any readers who enjoy a rollicking good story to climb aboard!"—T. A. Barron, author of The Great Tree of Avalon
"A wonderful adventure, with everything you could ask for: pirates, stolen cannon, secret passages, sea voyages, and scurvy knaves. I heartily recommend this book to the piratically-inclined reader of any age."—Garth Nix
"Wonderfully authentic . . . vividly brings to life the dark and violent world of the pirates of the Caribbean."—David Cordingly, author of Under the Black Flag
"Pirate enthusiasts, prepare to settle in for a deliciously unsettling adventure."—The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
- DIANE Publishing Company
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- Age Range:
- 12 - 15 Years
Meet the Author
Award-winning author William Gilkerson is a sailor, painter, journalist, historian, and adventurer. He is the author of the novel Ultimate Voyage, as well as ten nonfiction books on nautical topics, and his paintings are internationally acknowledged to be among the finest contemporary maritime art. He lives with his family on the shores of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, where he sails his ancient cutter, Elly.
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An excellent book. Combines the history of pirates and brings them back to life in the 1950's with the arrival of the mysterious Captain Johnson. The Captain is a very strong character which would be a welcome addition to the "Big Screen". The only problem being, who could play the part and do the Captain justice in this wonderfully written adventure!
This fictional tale weaves non-fiction stories from history sparking interest in buccaneers from years and lives past.
This was actually captivating, not too many free books are enjoyable reads but this one is
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