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The Pirate's Son (Magic School Bus (Sagebrush))

McCaughrean, Geraldine

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ISBN 10: 0613195272 / ISBN 13: 9780613195270
Published by Rebound by Sagebrush, 1999
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Title: The Pirate's Son (Magic School Bus (...

Publisher: Rebound by Sagebrush

Publication Date: 1999

Book Condition:Good

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14-year-old Nathan dreams of fighting pirates in faraway lands. Then his father dies, leaving Nathan penniless. When Tamo, the son of a famous pirate, invites Nathan to join him in Madagascar it seems as if Nathan's daydreams are coming true. Nathan, his sister Maud, and Tamo seem to find adventure - and danger - everywhere.

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Grade 7 Up-Sent to England in the early 1700s by his dying pirate father for a proper education, Tamo White decides to return a few years later to his Madagascar birthplace. He invites two new friends, Nathan and Maud Gull, who have just lost their own father, to join him onboard his guardian's ship. When they reach Madagascar, Captain Sheller turns out to be a villainous trader and tries to sell Maud to a band of cutthroats. The three barely escape and settle in a small village. When King Samson, a pirate, arrives to take over the community, accompanied by Tamo's Malagasy mother, now Samson's wife, the boys pose as buccaneers in a show of strength. The lifestyle appalls Nathan, but Tamo, feeling betrayed by his mother, seems to embrace the life his father led. A rousing climax involves the return of Captain Sheller and an exciting ship chase. Maud and Nathan seem to lack depth at first, but as events progress readers see more of the girl's hidden adventurous spirit and her brother's surprising courage. Tamo shifts personas several times, from school boy to Malagasy to pirate captain to doctor. Even though events spur these changes, they sometimes seem too extreme. The conclusion is satisfying and convincing. Descriptions of characters, customs, and settings stall the action initially, but the novel develops into a vivid picture of a time and place new to most youngsters. -Steven Engelfried, West Linn Public Library, OR
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