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The Pirate Captain's Daughter (Pirate Captain's Daughter #1)

3.04 of 5 stars 3.04  ·  rating details  ·  365 ratings  ·  67 reviews
"I always knew my father was a pirate and I always knew I wanted to be one, too."
At age fifteen, Catherine's life is about to change. Her mother has just died and Catherine can't stand the thought of being sent to live with her aunt in Boston. She longs for a life of adventure.

After she discovers her father's secret life as captain of the pirate ship Reprisal, her only th
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 14th 2011 by Sleeping Bear Press
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Catherine's father is a pirate, and when her father dies, Catherine insists that she wants to be a pirate, too. After she disguises herself as a boy, her father agrees, and Catherine joins the crew. However, piracy isn't at all what she imagined; the ship is filthy, there are two pirates who seem to have it in for her and her father, and the violence involved in being a pirate makes Catherine sick to her stomach. It's more difficult than she anticipated to hide the fact that she's a girl, and if ...more
Libby Ames
I was drawn to this book because I love Eve Bunting for her children's picture books. She writes about interesting and sometimes hard circumstances with fearless sensitivity. I was interested to see what she might do with a young adult novel. (Also, I just seem to be on a pirate kick this month.)

Bunting wrote with her usual honest and fearless description. Her portrayal of pirates was harsh and not romanticized, but her story lacked depth. Catherine was an intriguing heroine, but I would have li
I'm not sure who this book was meant for. The writing's lack of depth is a problem for teens and adults and the content is too mature for a younger audience. The denouement of the plot near the end of the book comes pretty much out of nowhere and feels like a betrayal of the author to her readers. The heroine was also weak and her first-person narrative quickly became tiresome. As I read I couldn't help but compare the book to one of my favorite YA books, "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle ...more
I would recommend this book to anyone 7th grade and up who enjoy adventure stories. Girls, especially, would enjoy it as the heroine's secret identity is exposed to a ship full of pirates. Mix in a little romance and you've got a good recipe for an enjoyable book!
Sierra Abrams

Catherine's mother has just died - and her father is a pirate. Dealing with grief, Catherine must convince her father to allow her to go on his next cruise with him. He is the only hope she has left; she doesn't want to be left with her Aunt. She has wanted adventure all her life, and this is finally the chance. And then there's the question of the man who was prowling around their house the night before her mother died. He'd gotten in, looking for something, a
Fifteen-year-old Catherine is the daughter of a pirate captain in the eighteenth century. He tried to keep his true occupation secret from his family, but Catherine learned the truth by eavesdropping. Since then, Catherine has longed to become a pirate, having developed a very romanticized view of pirates and life at sea. When Catherine's mother dies, she begs her father to let her join him on his pirate ship. She doesn't want to live in their house alone, especially when someone tried to rob th ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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When Catherine's mother died and her father made plans to send her away to live with relatives, she came up with a plan of her own. After years of listening in on her father's conversations, she learned that instead of operating a legitimate shipping business, he is really a pirate. Fascinated by her images of life on a pirate ship, Catherine begs her father to let her join him.

Despite his reservations, he agrees to allow Catherine
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
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I had high hopes for this one....I think Bunting is a fabulous children's author and thought this would follow suit. Unfortunately, I felt like it was more a tale of woe, and one bad decision made after another. I know that in young adult/children's literature there should be an element of fantasy, but it just didn't read well the lackadaisical approach the father took to decisions about his daughter's life. And generally, when there are bad decisions made, there's usually a lesson to be learned ...more
Well, I’m just going to be honest. I know I read this book, but even after reading at least ten reviews of it on here, my memory is only slightly jogged. Catherine’s mother dies and rather than be sent away to live with a relative, she pleads with her father to allow her to sail on his pirate ship. Despite misgivings and despite the fact that she must masquerade as a boy, he allows her to. And that, my friends, is where my memory ends. I remember something about an evil someone ransacking her ho ...more
Jul 30, 2011 Beverly rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 10-13 year olds
Recommended to Beverly by: indiebound next list
Pirate Captain's Daughter is a great choice for reluctant readers-girls- boys would probably make fun of the romance. It is a short action filled adventure. I appreciated that it did not glamorize life on a pirate ship. The food was rotten and insect infested, the crew filthy and smelly, and the work tedious and painful. I liked the protagonist, Catherine. She is a brave, foolish tween who thinks traveling on a pirate ship will be exciting. I did not understand her father. Supposedly, he is one ...more
I am a fan of Eve Bunting- when I saw her name at the top of this galley I immediately started reading. I am thinking that Eve is hoping to expose, perhaps debunk the commonly held romantic vision of pirates and show them for the thieves they are.
Catherine's loving father is not the naval officer he presents, she knows he is a pirate and when her mother dies she insists she come with Father in his ship. Against his better judgment he consents.
She is shocked to see how her father and the crew l
An experienced sailor/pirate allows his 14 year old daughter to "disguise" herself as a boy simply by cutting her hair and wearing boys clothes in order for her to sail with him instead of living with an aunt after her mother dies. Even though he knows that if her gender is revealed, they will both be killed after she is most likely raped, he lets her talk him into it. Almost immediately the cabin boy discovers her identity, then one of the crew, then the whole ship. Guess what - her father is k ...more
This is a very good book for a middle school student. I did enjoy it myself, but it was a very basic story. I read it in one sitting. I think one paragraph could very well sum up this book. There just isn't a whole lot that happens. I did really like the characters though. I loved that Catherine has no problem pretending to be a boy, and that her dad loves her that much to let her be on the pirate ship with him.
In all fairness, if I were 12 I might have given this a better rating. I didn't realize how young an audience this was geared towards until I brought it home from the library. And since I had nothing else to read...I tried reading this through the eyes of a 12 year old. It had it's charms. VERY predictable. Even, I think, for a 12 year old. Still, a sweet, candy-read for a young lass. Not bad at all.
It was okay. Okay is a bland word but describes the book well. So much more could have happened, and at 200 pages, the book could have easily been another 100 pages.
I liked Catherine and William simply because there was no reason to dislike them. It was meh. And the ending. Seriously? I want a real ending, not a "the reader makes their own ending."
Almost unreadable. The language is stilted, the characters cardboard and utterly predictable, the setup ridiculous. To be meticulously honest, I did not read the whole book. I stuck it out for as long as I could, but there was no one, absolutely no one to care about here. Give it a miss.
It was okay. I don't get what the point of this book--or the moral of the story, rather--was really supposed to be, except perhaps that pirate life isn't glorious as legends make it seem to be. It's an interesting story to read in a day, but the ending was lacking.
Captain Awesome
Honestly, this book was terrible. With only 200 pages, I finished it in less than 2 hours. Even though the book flew by, it wasn't fast enough. I found it wholly unrealistic and almost laughable.

Keeping in mind the time period this book is set in, her father's actions of letting her on his ship would be unheard of. The fact that he was supposed to be a pirate captain and yet he can easily be threatened and persuaded by his 15 year old daughter was just as unlikely.

I also found that I had no fe
Cathy Blackler
Bunting is a masterful storyteller and Catherine's story is no exception. This is a great middle-grade read, reading like Nancy Drew meets the high seas. Danger, intrigue, mystery and love abound.
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
I thought this was a great book! It doesn't romanticize pirates, which I liked, and Catherine is a great heroine. I hope there is a sequel!
Catherine always knew what her father was. She knew he was a pirate and one day she was going to join his crew. After her mother dies she does convince her father to let her disguise herself as a boy, Charlie, and become part of his pirate crew. What she doesn't realize is how rough life on a pirate ship is or how different her father is at sea.

Catherine is naive and stupid in this book. She idealizes pirate life and then can't handle true life on a pirate's ship. Could be pretty realistic but
I ought to know better than to read "pirate stories." As far as "pirate stories" go, this is definitely not the worst. Catherine has a view of pirates that is definitely not historically accurate in the fact that people from an era, where pirates were a very real threat, did not imagine them as fun-loving Disney pirates; a breed of people who had special "pirate talk." (For the record, "shiver my timbers" actually means something, and was not an exclamation employed solely by pirates, and pirate ...more
The plot moves along at a fast pace, ending abruptly without resolution. There isn't much substance in between. Catherine is very naive and doesn't know the first thing about pirate life or even being a boy. She longs for adventure, which I can relate to, but she seems a little stupid. I did not find her a strong or empathetic character. I felt sorry for her that she lost the safety of her world but it was her choice to stay with the pirates. The story is a bit too bloodthirsty and gruesome for ...more
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"I always knew my father was a pirate and I always knew I wanted to be one, too."
-Opening Line

Medium Read In: Hardback
Pages: 201

Rating (Scaled 1-5): 3

Why I'm Reading It: I've spent forever looking for good books about pirates. Every time I see one, it's very likely to be a bodice ripper, when I'm more interested in finding fun, light reads along the lines of Treasure Island, or whatnot. I was ecstatic when I found The Pirate Captain's Daughter at m
Great concept, interesting story, but too many plot holes and the ending was anticlimactic. It felt rather rushed and I was very disappointed. To give Eve credit, she did manage to avoid romanticizing the pirates....
It was too short.

3 stars, maybe. Important characters were dispatched of quickly, and the motivating factors behind certain actions and feelings were never fully investigated. It felt underdeveloped.
Good but to short. The ending was to wide open and I wish the author went into more detail. It is a good frame for a book but not a riveting read. This book has great potential but it lacks in areas.
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I liked the movement of the heroine from a romantic to a realist. The unveiling of the romance of historic pirates is well done. The ending is expected but satisfying.

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Catherine always knew her father was a pirate. She dreamed of joining him. She imagined sailing with the wind blowing through her hair with the blue seas stretched out before her. Her mother died and her dream came true. It meant she had to dress as a boy, for women are considered bad luck on a pirate ship. But soon foul
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Also known as Evelyn Bolton and A.E. Bunting.

Anne Evelyn Bunting, better known as Eve Bunting, is an author with more than 250 books. Her books are diverse in age groups, from picture books to chapter books, and topic, ranging from Thanksgiving to riots in Los Angeles. Eve Bunting has won several awards for her works.

Bunting went to school in Ireland and grew up with storytelling. In Ireland, “The
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