When Evie runs to answer a knock at the door it isn’t the pizza girl with a delivery, but a pirate with a treasure map. He stops for lunch, and is soon joined by a troupe of pirates with their pets – an elephant, chickens, a spider and a baby porcupine.
They dig all afternoon, but they don’t find any treasure. Dad knew they wouldn’t. He’s only just finished building the house and he dug down deep for the foundations.
The pirates don’t believe him. He’s a scurvy knave who has stolen their swag, they say, sharpening their cutlasses on the door step. Evie has to think quickly if she is to save him. But is there really treasure? What is the pizza delivery girl up to? And who will look after the baby porcupine that is curled up, asleep on her trainers?
A fun read for 6- 9 year olds.
This is the Book 1 in the Pets and Pirates series. See Book 2 "Eggs, Pegs and an Elephant" for a story about the baby elephant, whose name is Edward.
|5 - 11 Years
About the Author
I love quirky characters - skeletons, ghosts, machines, inventors, alligators, aliens, insects, pirates - especially when they are mixed up with weird happenings and a tiny bit of magic. When I was little, running round our big back garden on the Isle Of Wight, I wanted to be in Robin Hood's band or go on adventures like Alices's. People in books were funny, scary, sad or warm-hearted, mysterious or magical. They felt real and I made up my own stories before I could write. After that, I wrote them for myself, then for my daughter, and now for my granddaughter - and I still write them for that little girl who had adventures in the big back garden. I've never truly grown up. My stories are being illustrated, and published. So lots more to come. Now I live in Surrey with my daughter, son-in-law and my granddaughter. I used to have a dog called Paddy, a budgie called Ringo, a rabbit called Flipper, a cat called Issy and lots of chickens. We don't have pets at the moment, but we want a dog later on. Lots of animals creep into my stories and they're always fun and magical to have around. Who knows what is really real and what isn't?