This is the second book in a new series for young readers about the teenage years of Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, when he first became...moreThis is the second book in a new series for young readers about the teenage years of Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, when he first became a pirate and went off in search of treasure.
This book picks up shortly after volume one, The Coming Storm, left off. Young Jack Sparrow and the rest of the crew of the Barnacle -- Arabella, Jean, Tumen, and Constance -- have managed to survive an encounter with an infamous pirate, but now they have learned that the legendary Davy Jones is after the same treasure the young adventurers are searching for, the Sword of Cortes. Knowing how dangerous the sword would be in the hands of Davy Jones, the crew is more determined then ever to find it. But shortly after they once again set sail, strange things begin to happen. A mysterious island appears out of nowhere, a sea monster attacks the ship, and there is a strange, constant song coming from the sea that causes everyone except Jack to behave very strangely. And this time, Jack will have to figure out what is going on and save his ship and his friends all on his own.
This book was a good continuation of the first book in the series. The dialogue was very amusing, and reading about the young characters and their adventures was very entertaining. I look forward to reading future books in this series and seeing what adventures await the crew of the Barnacle next. I would recommend this series to all fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean film; although they are written with younger readers in mind, I think older fans could enjoy these books as well. (less)
This is the first book in a new series for young readers about the teenage years of Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, when he first became a...moreThis is the first book in a new series for young readers about the teenage years of Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, when he first became a pirate and went off in search of treasure.
Teenage Arabella lives a dreary life in Tortuga. Her mother was kidnapped by pirates, her father is always drinking, and she spends her days working in her father's tavern. The only bright spot in serving drinks to the pirates is that she can listen to their stories of adventure and treasure hunting. One day, a young man her age stumbles into the tavern -- and gets into a lot of trouble when he steals from an infamous pirate. Arabella rescues the young man, who introduces himself to her as Jack Sparrow. Jack is a young stowaway who dreams of having his own ship and searching for treasure. To get away from her miserable life Arabella agrees to help him. They take an abandoned ship, the Barnacle, and with the help of Fitzwilliam, a spoiled young Englishman in search of adventure, leave Tortuga to sail the Caribbean in search of the "Sword of Cortes," which promises wealth and power to whoever finds it.
I was a little skeptical when I started reading this book of how well a children's book writer would do at writing a young Jack Sparrow. I am pleased to say I thought the writer did a pretty good job at writing his character and dialogue. The other members of the "crew" were likeable characters as well. The book is rather short, even for the reading level it's written for, but it was still pretty enjoyable. Young readers who enjoyed the Pirates of the Caribbean films are sure to enjoy this book, but I think older fans looking for a fun adventure could enjoy this book as well. I look forward to reading future books in this series and seeing what adventures young Jack and his crew run into next. (less)
Fifteen-year-old Princess Elisabeth, called Sisi, is the daughter of Duke Maximilian Joseph of Bavaria and his wife, Princess Ludovica. She has had a...moreFifteen-year-old Princess Elisabeth, called Sisi, is the daughter of Duke Maximilian Joseph of Bavaria and his wife, Princess Ludovica. She has had a carefree childhood in the Bavarian countryside. She spends as much of her days as possible horseback riding, her favorite pastime. But everything changes in the summer of 1857. Sisi's older sister, Helene, has been chosen to marry their cousin, Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria. Their mother is taking Helene to meet Franz Joseph, and has decided to take Sisi along in hopes of finding a husband for her as well. But when Franz Joseph meets Helene and Sisi, he decides it is Sisi he wants to marry. Sisi becomes engaged to Franz Joseph, but she is far too young for the responsibilities she suddenly finds herself facing as the future Empress.
This is not one of my favorites from the Royal Diaries series, but I still think readers who love the series will enjoy it. I liked the story, but I wish the book had been longer - it just felt too short, I would haved liked to read more about Elisabeth's life. (this is more like a 3.5 star read but they don't allow half stars so I ranked it up to 4)(less)
Young Bright Intelligance (who's usually called Runt because of his small size) and his family live in grueling poverty in rural China in 1851. Hoping...moreYoung Bright Intelligance (who's usually called Runt because of his small size) and his family live in grueling poverty in rural China in 1851. Hoping to make a name for himself and earn a fortune, Runt's uncle sets out for the gold fields of California. Soon, Runt joins him. He is horrified by barely endurable conditions on the ocean voyage and by the cruelty with which the American miners treat the Chinese. And he soon learns that mining is mostly working long, hard hours for just a small ammount of gold. And the predjudice of the Americans soon escalates into violence. Still, through it all, Runt holds on to his hope of discovering gold and earning a better life for his family. Told through Runt's diary, this book showed what a young immigrant miner in California during the gold rush might have seen, encountered, thought, and felt. A good addition to the My Name is America series. (less)