The High-Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate

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The captain and his crew cross swords with the villainous crow, Teach, and his dastardly gang of thieves; outrun sharp-toothed predators and furry fiends; explore hidden lairs and secret hideouts; witness strange hatchings and astonishing courage; and encounter heroes of every size, shape, and species—all set forth in this volume, artfully penned by Scott Nash, Gentleman.

“Listen or be hanged!” —Blue Jay the Pirate, Captain of the Grosbeak

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Scott Nash has illustrated more than forty children's books, and now - inspired by his childhood readings of classics like Treasure Island and Robinson Crusoe, his lifelong love of bird-watching, and an urge to take on a new challenge - he has created his most ambitious project to date, his first novel and his first foray into an entirely new and technically precise style of artwork. He lives in Peaks Island, Maine.

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Gr 4-7-Captain Blue Jay, notoriously feared pirate captain of the flying ship Grosbeak, loves to collect eggs, giving him a revered reputation as a cannibal. When his latest treasure hatches, revealing a fast-growing gosling, the feathered crew bickers as to what to do with him. Motherly Junco takes young Gabriel under her wing, teaching him the ways of pirate life, much to the chagrin of the other birds on board who fear his burgeoning size will be their downfall. The avian society faces oppressive taxes and the Thrush government forbids migration, which forces the pirate birds to flee skyward. Bigger issues soon ensue as they find themselves not only trying to escape the oppressive Thrushian government, but also thieving crows and murderous weasels and fishers. When the Grosbeak becomes shipwrecked and Gabriel (who cannot yet fly) falls from the ship, he and Junco escape attacks, finding refuge at the tavern of Poppa Fox. With his help and a nearly blind mole named Hillary, Gabriel and Junco set off to find their shipmates before the crows murder them all. This swashbuckling adventure is Nash's first novel, and the numerous full-color illustrations are spot-on, adding charm and whimsy to the motley crew of characters. With a sophisticated vocabulary, a certain amount of violence, and colorful pirate language, the book requires fairly competent readers. A pirate adventure with birds as heroes and villains might have limited appeal to older readers, but animal fantasy fans not quite ready for Brian Jacques's "Redwall" series (Philomel) may want to walk the plank and jump in.-Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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