Dead Reckoning: A Pirate Voyage with Captain Drake

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Excited about the unexpected invitation to journey on the high seas with his cousin, Francis Drake, aboard his magnificent vessel, Emmet begins to dread his decision after his cousin and his crew become overzealous, greedy, and brutal while on their relentless search to locate the fabled Silver Ship and its unfound fortune. Reprint.

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Laurie Lawlor has published more than thirty books for children and

young adults. Magnificent Voyage: An American Adventurer on Captain James

Cook's Final Expedition was a VOYA Nonfiction Honor Book called

"fascinating" by the New York Times. Helen Keller: Rebellious

Spirit was named an American Library Association Notable Book and a Best

Book for Young Adults. Shadow Catcher: The Life and Work of Edward S.

Curtis won a Golden Kite Honor Award and the Carl Sandburg Award. Ms.

Lawlor lives in Evanston, Illinois.

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Grade 9 Up–As an orphan raised by a monk, 15-year-old Emmet can read Latin and Greek, and is a very bright, if sheltered, teen. When Father Parfoothe dies, he wonders what will become of him. His question is answered by a surprise visit from an unknown cousin, a man named Francis Drake, who offers Emmet a place as a page on his ship. Emmet's life aboard the Pelican is extremely hard. He is small and ignorant of the ways of seafaring life, and has a difficult time adjusting to this strange, rough world. Captain Drake is a harsh taskmaster, and it isn't long before Emmet realizes that he is sailing with pirates and begins to think of a way to escape. Lawlor's novel is very different from most pirate stories, as Emmet sees nothing adventurous or glorious about this life. The tone is dark and grim, and there are scenes that might horrify younger readers. Sailor lingo and Spanish terms are sprinkled throughout with no help from a glossary. But the story is authentic and harrowing, and the historical details are well done. This book would be perfect for older teens who love historical fiction, or want more on pirates.–Anna M. Nelson, Collier County Public Library, Naples, FL
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