Kidnapped by pirates who seek to use his magical ability to call up the winds, Jamie embarks on a voyage to a mysterious island, protected by fierce winds and reputed to be the home of a dragon.
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Grade 5-8-- Magical talents are not unusual in the kingdoms in this novel; teenaged Jamie Falconer's particular talent is an ability to whistle up a wind--a useful skill in an age of sailing ships. As an orphan serving a difficult term as potboy in the Pirate's Rest Inn, he is more than happy to find himself kidnapped by the crew of the Betty, a pirate ship led by the infamous Captain Deadmon (who is incidentally a dead man). Jamie volunteers to sign on as cabin boy for the kindly, middle-aged crew, and to try to help them in their search for the true dragon's plunder that can release the Captain from his long captivity in a dead body. This is an interesting mix of themes and motifs. The occasional appearances of magic in wind-whistling and rope-tying and such seem almost extraneous to the more universal elements of character and plot. A brave young boy, a captive princess who is not as royal but twice as smart as she seems, a shy but gallant poet and his lady love, the long-suffering captain, and a very educated dragon are only some of the characters intertwined in this entertaining and poignant light fantasy-adventure. --Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA
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Book Description Atheneum. LIBRARY BINDING. Book Condition: New. 0689315732 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1981338