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The Crime of Martin Coverly

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Key West orphan Nick Ormsby 16 reads uncle's rare old folio by pirate Martin Coverly, ghost who claims "unfinished business". After sailing to their Tortuga appointment, Nick wakes 20 Feb 1722, and believes he is his uncle Captain Coverly's apprentice. Deprivation, danger, death, and eccentric crew follow Coverly's map to King Solomon's gold mine in Africa.
Paperback, 150 pages
Published 1980 by Scholastic/Vagabond
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Jan 25, 2014 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, action
Exciting, vivid, swash-buckling plus grime. Archaic phrases roll easy on the ear. Moral at end kind of disappoints. Like real history, much remains unexplained - why sleep-inducing wine, why midnight, how escape Africa.

Nick Ormsby 16, orphaned by father's sailing accident previous year, moves in with his uncle in Key West, reads rare old books on pirates, hears footsteps at night, smells seaweed on the stairs. Finally, staying awake until midnight, he meets author of a 1722 folio, full of delica
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