A swashbuckling pirate ship cuts through the early morning fog. Crouching like a tiger about to spring, her figurehead is a huge and ferocious rat with crooked teeth and gouged-out eyes.
When the daring Giant Rat of Sumatra drops anchor in San Diego, twelve-year-old cabin boy Shipwreck only wants to begin his long journey home to Boston. Instead he encounters:
heroic last stands
and razzle-dazzle treasure so well hidden that only someone as quick and clever as Shipwreck could keep up with it.
Plucked from the sea by the most notorious pirate in the Pacific, Shipwreck discovers his adventure is only beginning.
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As an award-winning young novelist, Sid Fleischman stated publicly that the only way he would write nonfiction was with a gun to his head. It turned out to be a squirt gun, for The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West is the third extraordinary true tale that has escaped his pen. It follows close behind the best-selling Escape! The Story of The Great Houdini and his autobiography, The Abracadabra Kid: A Writer's Life.
Fleischman's books have been made into films, performed as plays, and translated into nineteen languages. The author was awarded the Newbery Medal for The Whipping Boy. His most recent novel is The Entertainer and the Dybbuk. Sid Fleischman lives in Santa Monica, California.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-8 - Fleishman's latest novel features pirates, bandits, romance, and revenge, all set in the lively world of 1846 San Diego. A cabin boy named Shipwreck arrives in town in the company of Captain Gallows, a dashing pirate with a good heart. While waiting to return to his New England home, Shipwreck helps the captain conceal a treasure while the man searches for his long lost love. The novel moves at a breakneck pace, with background about the fascinating historical period woven in between jewel thefts, duels, and narrow escapes. It's all good fun, punctuated by Fleischman's spirited prose and colorful dialogue, but the barrage of characters and events can be overwhelming at times, and some plot twists aren't fully developed. Readers may guess the hidden identity of the female bandit early on, but that development is still largely satisfying. The revelation of the true nature of the Captain's arch enemy, on the other hand, makes for a surprising and thought-provoking twist. The characterizations and conflicts don't quite match the richness of some of Fleischman's other works, but the brisk plot in a well-realized setting makes this an entertaining historical adventure tale. - Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR
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Book Description Greenwillow Books, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2005. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. This is a new book with D/J and remainder on bottom edge. A cabin boy on a pirate ship finds himself in San Diego in 1846 as war breaks out between the United States and Mexico. Bookseller Inventory # 3356-5
Book Description HarperCollins, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Sixth Printing. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060742380
Book Description HarperCollins, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060742380