A solid, gritty, urban story with a heartbreaking main character. Sticky definitely needs several smacks in his head, but given his lot in life his beA solid, gritty, urban story with a heartbreaking main character. Sticky definitely needs several smacks in his head, but given his lot in life his behavior is totally understandable. The side characters seem almost real, and the basketball descriptions are detailed enough for fans without being overkill for a fair weather fan like myself. Unchecked homophobia and other forms of discrimination. The author stays pretty silent about consequences of these kinds of behaviors....more
Amusing little book about the fantasies and realities of band life. I'd been wanting to read it for years due to the title and remembering a good reviAmusing little book about the fantasies and realities of band life. I'd been wanting to read it for years due to the title and remembering a good review. When I finally picked it up I remembered quickly that I'm not very interested in the scene behind the music. The cartoons and lists make the book a super-quick read, and it's funny enough to validate the mostly common sense advice....more
Really cool environmental book for young people. NY Times content, formatted well, and delivered without being preachy. Great pictures and narration.Really cool environmental book for young people. NY Times content, formatted well, and delivered without being preachy. Great pictures and narration. Booktalk below.
The North Pole Was Here: Puzzles and Perils at the Top of the World, by Andrew C. Revkin.
How would you like to be an explorer? To find that last undiscovered part of the Earth? Well, the Arctic Ocean is it. Only, its not full of lush forests and still-thriving dinosaurs, or talking monkeys or Faeries or Elves. In fact, its not full of just about anything. Except ice. Pic Vast giant fields of ice, stretching for hundreds of miles.
My name is Andrew Revkin. I write for the New York Times. “Welcome to life around the North Pole. The air is fifteen degrees below zero. The sun is circling in low, twenty-four hour loops. If you define a day as the stretch between sunrise and sunset, today will begin March 21st and end on September 21st. We are at one of the two places on the earth’s surface where time loses all meaning. The only reason anyone here has any idea whether we should be asleep or eating lunch or breakfast is because the Russian crew running operations on the ice have set their watches to Moscow time. The only food I will eat in the next eight hours is a shared half-frozen salmon sandwich. And I am in love with this place.” (p.12-13)
This is the powerful pull of our North Pole, both magnetic and emotional. It has drawn explorers, scientists, skiers, skydivers, and even reporters in with icy secrets. Will you be next? If so you’d better hurry, or the polar bears may vanish along with the mystery deep inside the cracks in the ice. Pic The North Pole Was Here: Puzzles and Perils at the Top of the World, by Andrew C. Revkin. ...more
Isabel Allende is a good writer. While the teen fantasy genre is saturated, she makes a good entry with this hidden jungle civilization. Booktalk beloIsabel Allende is a good writer. While the teen fantasy genre is saturated, she makes a good entry with this hidden jungle civilization. Booktalk below.
The City of the Beasts, by Isabel Allende.
Alex’s life is out of control. He’s just a normal 15 year-old worrying about how to get a girl to notice him. But when his mother gets cancer and needs to go to a treatment center, everything changes for Alex. He’s angry, frustrated… and can’t cope with his sudden feelings of helplessness. But that’s not the worst part, not by a long shot. He and his sisters are being sent to live with relatives. All well and good for them, because they get to live with their mom’s parents, but Alex is going to stay with his father’s mother, Kate. She’s a New Yorker, a journalist, and quite comfortable with terrorizing Alex. Who else would fill chocolates with Tobasco and give them to her grandson (Pantomime eating the chocolate and then shock mixed with disgust)! She took great pains to terrify Alex and his sisters when they were younger with scary stories – some real, some imagined – from her trips around the world. His favorite was the story about the 24 ft python in Malaysia that ate her camera. (One hand devours the other) Needless to say, living with Kate was not going to make Alex’s life any easier. Especially once he finds out what she has in store for him. A trip deep into the heart of the Amazon jungle to search for a gigantic creature they call The Beast. Although few people believe the Beast really exists, there are reports that it has been killing people.. and Kate wants to find out if it exists or not.
Now you’d think Alex would be excited about this opportunity. I mean, a trip to South America, no school, no homework. But, he’s not. Life in the jungle isn’t easy. The humidity, mosquitoes, the bloodsuckers and the fire ants are enough to make anyone reconsider that math quiz on Monday. Not to mention other dangers that lurk in the waters and the trees. Then there’re the natives, of course, who, if you believe the stories, are cannibals. And The Beast, itself, whatever it may be. Everything about the trip is so different from the world Alex knew that he feels like a visitor from another galaxy. And, if that isn’t enough, Alex finds out that someone is on the expedition for more than scientific discovery. Alex has to find out who, and why, before it’s too late. The City of the Beasts, by Isabel Allende.
Honestly, this one was not good. The history was thrown in, the plot was mediocre, and the characters not believable. Still, I wrote a booktalk.
The THonestly, this one was not good. The history was thrown in, the plot was mediocre, and the characters not believable. Still, I wrote a booktalk.
The Thieves of Ostia, by Caroline Lawrence
The year - A.D. 79. The place - the Roman port city of Ostia. The crime - dog murder. Yes, that's right. Someone has murdered a dog and may strike again. Young Flavia Gemina, daughter of a Roman Sea Captain decides it is up to her to solve the crime. The magistrates have no interest in the crime unless it involves money. When Falvia's neighbor's dog is beheaded, she teams up with an unlikely group of children to discover who could have done such a thing and why.
Jonathan, The murdered dog’s owner, is Jewish and has just moved to Flavia's neighborhood to start fresh in a new community. His father is a doctor and very upset over the death of the family dog. Both insist on helping Flavia bring the killer to justice.
Nubia is an African slave who Flavia purchased for her birthday. Flavia had earned money by solving another mystery, and had wanted more than anything to buy a popular new book, the Aeneid. When she saw Nubia in the marketplace, she knew the book could wait. Nubia just looked so unhappy, and Flavia couldn’t let someone else buy her and mistreat her. Nubia has an affinity for dogs, and moves so silently that she seems to disappear.
The final member of Flavia’s team is Lupus, an 8 year old beggar who has no family and no home. Sometime in the past someone cut out his tongue. No one has the heart to ask him why. Living on the street has made him an excellent detective.
An unlikely group of detectives but they are hot on the trail. Who would cut the head off of a dog? And why? Travel the streets and towns of Ancient Rome with our heroes and see if you can find the culprit before it is too late. The Thieves of Ostia, by Caroline Lawrence.
This one surprised me. I picked it up on Kate's suggestion and it hooked me. A strong mystery with good central and supporting characters. Booktalk beThis one surprised me. I picked it up on Kate's suggestion and it hooked me. A strong mystery with good central and supporting characters. Booktalk below.
How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found, by Sara Nickerson.
Sunday’s are always the same in Margaret’s family. Her mom calls them ‘family unwind days.’ Mom takes a nap on the couch, Sophie – Margaret’s 7 year-old sister – works on THE HARDEST JIGSAW EVER MADE (you have to say it like that because it’s all capitalized), and Margaret folds her laundry. That’s about it. Oh, they heat up a pizza.
That’s why this Sunday is so unusual. Their mom takes Margaret and Sophie on a ferry ride, but she won’t say where they’re going, or why. They end up at a spooky mansion on a strangely familiar island, and along the way Margaret’s mom buys one of those black and red signs that say “For Sale By Owner.”
When they finally arrive, Margaret wants to know what’s going on, but her mother only tells her to go find a shovel. Figures. Margaret goes around the back of the house to look. In a big walled-in patio, surrounded by old National Geographics, Margaret strains for a peek inside the strange house. Suddenly, she crashes through a crate on the floor. Inside, she comes across a clue. A big one. A package sent to her mother, and returned unopened, over 4 years ago. Just after Margaret’s father died in a drowning accident.
In the package are a comic book, an old key, and a champion swimming medal with her dad’s name engraved on it. How could her father have drowned if he was a champion swimmer? She just has to find out. And so – the following week – trusting a mere 7 year-old to cover for her in front of mom, she takes the ferry back to the island alone. She needs to get into the mansion and find answers. What does a comic book about a half-rat half-man have to do with her family? Maybe finding out about her dad isn’t going to be quite as simple as she thought. How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found, by Sara Nickerson.
Small town, simple story. A little mystery thrown in. Not as memorable as some other kids' books, but I liked it. Booktalk below.
Room One, by Andrew CSmall town, simple story. A little mystery thrown in. Not as memorable as some other kids' books, but I liked it. Booktalk below.
Room One, by Andrew Clements
Red Prairie Learning Center in Plattsford, Nebraska, is a one room schoolhouse –home to just 9 students. 4 are 8th graders, and next year they’ll be taking a bus 30 miles away to the nearest high school. 4 of the students are 4th graders. The 9th and final student is Ted Hammond. Ted is a sixth grader. The only one in town. He has 5 desks all to himself. His very own command center. He has a math desk, a science desk, a social studies desk, a reading desk, and a writing desk. All that space gives Ted an excellent storage area for his mystery books and his investigative equipment. You see, Ted is a detective. He’s also a boy scout, a paperboy, and a number of other things, but first he is a detective.
In school he has plenty of opportunities for studying the other kids, like fish in an aquarium. You’ll never believe some of the things 8th graders say. He keeps a file on every member of the school, including his teacher. But in his sleepy Midwestern town, there aren’t a lot of opportunities to study real mysteries. That is, until he sees her. On his way home from delivering papers, Ted spies a girl in the upstairs window of the Anderson house. Why is this mysterious? Because the Andersons moved away nearly two years ago, and their house is boarded up and empty.
Ted, with his detective reflexes at the ready, goes back to investigate. He doesn’t know if the girl is a ghost, or a murderer, or what. But he knows that she is his mystery to solve. But when Ted meets the girl in the window, there is a lot more to her than meets the eye. Ted will need more than his detective skills if he is going to solve the problem that confronts him. He’ll need a plan. Room One, by Andrew Clements. ...more
Super popular, and better written than a lot of pulp kids' fantasy. Not my favorite, but I'll give the second one a shot down the road. Booktalk belowSuper popular, and better written than a lot of pulp kids' fantasy. Not my favorite, but I'll give the second one a shot down the road. Booktalk below.
Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer.
My name is Artemis Fowl, Jr. I may only be twelve years old, but I’m already one of the world’s great criminal masterminds. Don’t believe me? Well, you will, as soon as I’ve restored my family’s fortune with the fairy gold. You see, my family used to be one of the richest in Europe, until my dad went missing when his ship carrying 250,000 cans of soda was hit by a Russian missile. Now it’s up to me to make the Fowl family feared once again.
Luckily, I’m a natural criminal mastermind. That, and now I have the fairy book. You see, they have a handbook – the fairies – that tells them all about magic, about technology, and how to stay hidden from the ‘mud people’ – that’s us. It took me a long time to steal one, and understand the language, but now that I have I’ve got the edge. I also know about the fund. Fairies don’t each have a pot of gold, not even the LEP recons – they’re the fairies’ spies – but there is gold, and it will be mine.
I won’t tell you my whole plan, because I don’t want you leaking it to the fairies. I will say this, though: with what I learned from the book, it should be a piece of cake. Now all I have to do is find a fairy.
Artemis does, in fact, find a fairy for his criminal plot, but Captain Holly is no Elf to be messed with. And if that weren’t enough, the fairies launch a rescue mission. If anyone is up to the task of holding off the fairy magic and technology, it’s Artemis. But will his genius be enough to win the day, and steal the gold? Or will the fairies show him who’s boss? Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer. ...more
Daniel Pinkwater is awesome. This one is pure win with some really memorable lizard (and chicken man) characters. Booktalk below.
Lizard Music, by DaniDaniel Pinkwater is awesome. This one is pure win with some really memorable lizard (and chicken man) characters. Booktalk below.
Lizard Music, by Daniel Pinkwater
Victor and Leslie’s parents needed a summer vacation. They left Leslie in charge for a week or two while they went to work on their relationship, or something. Even though Leslie was 17 and Victor almost 12, their parents left nearly every phone number in McDonnaldsville taped to the wall in case of emergency. They should have just taped the entire phonebook to the wall. They left page after page of notes. They said over and over again how they hated to leave the kids behind – after awhile Victor was almost begging them to just go. They worried a little too much sometimes. Victor’s dreams came true, though, when his sister took off in a broken-down van for a weeklong vacation to Cape Cod with her hippie friends. It was Victor’s show now.
A whole week in the summer with plenty of money, no responsibility, and no supervision! Victor could eat anchovies, leave his junk lying around, and go to bed whenever he wanted. This last one was the most important, because Victor had always wanted to watch the late movie on TV. It was great – all about pod people that were taking over the world – but what came on afterwards was even more spectacular. A band of lizards, playing strange music the likes of which Victor had never heard!
Victor wondered if it might have been a dream. But he kept seeing more evidence of lizards.
A lizard album cover in a store window that mysteriously vanishes.
A lizard on the shoulder of the TV news anchor.
A lizard nature program on TV.
A special lizard advertisement for the zoo.
Then, on the bus, he meets the Chicken Man. The Chicken Man travels around town with Claudia, the chicken, under his hat. He claims to know the lizards. He tells Victor to meet him at the zoo, at the reptile house. He’ll explain everything. But is Victor ready for this kind of intrigue? Perhaps the late movies about monsters and pod people are starting to get to him. Maybe all this lizard stuff is just too much. After all, it’s summer vacation, and he’s only 11. Lizard Music, by Daniel Pinkwater. ...more
Lives up to the line "Da Vinci Code for kids." With an art mystery plotline and good characters, this book may have more to offer than Dan Brown's bloLives up to the line "Da Vinci Code for kids." With an art mystery plotline and good characters, this book may have more to offer than Dan Brown's blockbuster. Booktalk from library school below.
Chasing Vermeer, by Blue Balliett, and illustrated by Brett Helquist
People tend to see what they want to see, or what they think they should see, without even realizing what they are doing. What would happen if someone looked at the world without expecting to see anything in particular? What might they notice that the rest of the world would not? There is much, much more to the world than we think.
What happens when there are too many coincidences, too many puzzle pieces that all fit together? Let’s see…
Three mysterious letters.
Parents, teachers, and neighbors all suddenly talking about letters.
A discarded book that says coincidences are never what they seem.
A painting by Vermeer that shows up on a box and on a wall.
A woman in a dream.
The same woman in another painting by Vermeer, stolen on the way to a new town.
A challenge by the thief to see beyond the coincidences.
Petra and Calder just happen to live on the same street, three houses apart, and happen to be in the same class at school, but they haven’t ever even spoken to each other. Each is about to turn 12, on the exact same day. Petra and Calder have still more in common. They notice things: strange things. Coincidences. Petra keeps track with her notebook, and Calder tries to fit pieces together with his pentominoes. Together there is no mystery they cannot solve.
As Petra and Calder see one clue after another, and one apparent coincidence after another, they begin to realize that perhaps nothing is coincidental. Perhaps reality is not what it seems. Perhaps there is a different reality – and it’s up to them to figure it out. Chasing Vermeer, by Blue Balliett, and illustrated by Brett Helquist.
Adapted from Joni Bodart’s booktalk for Scholastic. ...more
Fantastic for music lovers. A real short and snappy book. The movie is also fantastic, as you get to hear the music along with the dialog. Booktalk frFantastic for music lovers. A real short and snappy book. The movie is also fantastic, as you get to hear the music along with the dialog. Booktalk from library school below.
The Commitments, by Roddy Doyle
(Standing, with Irish accent)“Say it once, say it loud, I’m black an’ I’m proud.” They were stunned by what came next. The Irish are the black folk of Europe, lads… An’ Dubliners are the black folk o’ Ireland. Say it loud, I’m black an’ I’m proud.
(Sitting) Jimmy Rabbitte knew more about music than anyone his childhood friends Outspan or Derek could name. He never came home from town without a new album or 12-inch or at least a single. So when they went to him for advice about their band, the And And! And, they weren’t too shocked when he told them it was Shite. But Jimmy had a plan. And it came down to this: The Irish are the black folk of Europe. And they should be proud of it. The working class music of the proletariat, that’s what they need in Dublin. Soul. Soul. The rhythm of sex, the rhythm of the factory, of revolution, the rhythm of dignity.
And so Outspan and Derek, sold on Jimmy’s zeal, take him on as their manager. They dump And And! And, and with Jimmy at the helm, they form the Commitments. The hardest working band in the world. The voice of the people. The saviors of Soul. The members include Joey “The Lips” Fagan, James the “Soul Surgeon” Clifford, L. Terrance Foster, Billy “The Animal” Mooney, Sonia, Sofia and Tanya – The “Commitmentettes” – and more. But the band grows, relationships develop, and the personalities begin to crowd the stage. Can Jimmy’s passion for the Commitments keep the band together, or will soul fail in Ireland? The Commitments, by Roddy Doyle. ...more
Most people like the second half of this book best. I actually enjoyed the beginning. Like most people, however, I didn't go for the ending. A strongMost people like the second half of this book best. I actually enjoyed the beginning. Like most people, however, I didn't go for the ending. A strong survival story, good for kids who grew up loving Gary Paulsen. Booktalk from library school below.
Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
“I was alone and orphaned, in the middle of the Pacific, hanging from and oar, an adult tiger in front of me, sharks beneath me, a storm raging about me. Had I considered my prospects in the light of reason I surely would have given up and let go of the oar, hoping that I might drown before being eaten. But I don’t recall that I had a single thought during those first minutes of relative safety. I didn’t even notice daybreak. I held on to the oar, I just held on, God only knows why.”
16 year-old Pi Patel, named for a French swimming pool, is the boy who thinks these words. Shipwrecked aboard a Japanese cargo vessel on the way from his native India to Canada, half a world away, his is a sea-crossing unlike any other.
At a young age, Pi’s father, a zookeeper, wanted his children to understand that zoo animals are just as dangerous as wild ones. For their own good. So he’d understand that zoo animals can be just as dangerous as wild ones. So he takes Pi to a feeding. When poor Hindu vegetarian Pi sees the way the giant Bengal tiger rips open a poor goat, he knows he’ll never forget. But his father isn’t finished. He takes Pi cage by cage, animal by animal, through the entire zoo, pointing out the myriad ways that nature can kill him. Lastly, they stop at the guinea pigs. Pi wonders in what way they could possibly harm him. His father smiles (Big smile), guinea pigs are harmless.
Now, in the middle of the Pacific, his family lost and the tattered remains of their zoo floating among the flotsam, Pi remembers his father’s sobering lesson vividly. In a 26 foot lifeboat, seemingly doomed to die at the paws of his only companion – a Bengal tiger – Pi turns to faith. But as the sea rages, the sun burns, and the tiger grows hungry (Emote raging, sunburn, and hunger), what chance does Pi have against the will of nature?
The photos in this book are amazing. The text isn't bad either. Really great read for anyone interested in food. My booktalk from library school is doThe photos in this book are amazing. The text isn't bad either. Really great read for anyone interested in food. My booktalk from library school is down below.
Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, photographed by Peter Menzel, written by Faith D’aluisio.
Have you ever wondered what the neighbors eat? Why they’re so fat, or so thin? What those strange and appetizing smells are that waft in from their kitchens? How about someone in another part of the world?
A family in Australia were raised in the outback. Now that they live in suburban Brisbane, their diet has changed significantly. The parents are both diabetic. Pic
A family in Bhutan are subsistence farmers. Their village just received electricity in 2002. Shopkeepers in their village use satellite dishes to dry red chili peppers. Pic
A family in Chad are refuges from Sudan. They are not allowed to grow their own food, and must hope that the donations of land from Chad and aid from the international community can feed them. Pic
A family in Greenland use a dogsled to travel 5 hours to a frozen fishing lake. The father hunts seal while his son plays air guitar and watches MTV. Pic (2x)
An elderly couple on Okinawa follow their cultural tradition, only eating until mostly full. Their island has the largest number of centenarians per capita in the world. Experts say due to diet changes on the island, children will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. Pic
A family in Kuwait enjoys a wide variety of traditional and world food. In their desert country where oil is the earning power, 98% of the food and half of the people are imported. Pic
A family in Mexico closed their market when the father illegally crossed the border to the U.S. With the money he sends, his family eats no better than before, and now their father is away. Pic
These are the stories, but the pictures in Hungry Planet tell another story. Each family sits in their kitchen with a week’s worth of food. Everything each member of the family eats. A family in North Carolina featured in this book saw their chapter in the published version. Their eating habits changed overnight. Pic. Pull a chair up to your refrigerator, and learn from our Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, photographed by Peter Menzel, written by Faith D’aluisio. ...more
Interesting take on the epic. Liked it, but haven't read any other Margaret Attwood to compare it to yet. Booktalk from library school included belowInteresting take on the epic. Liked it, but haven't read any other Margaret Attwood to compare it to yet. Booktalk from library school included below.
The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus, by Margaret Atwood.
Penelope grew up in Helen’s shadow. Even on her wedding day she was second best. All her suitors were the leftovers. They all really wanted her cousin, Helen. But Helen was already taken. Was her future husband, Odysseus, any different? Did he really want Penelope, or just her money? As it was, she wouldn’t have much time to find out, because Helen wasn’t about to let herself be overshadowed – not by anyone. Helen was bored with her stodgy old Greek husband, and a young Trojan named Paris caught her fancy. She didn’t even want her cousin’s husband, but she got him anyway. All she had to do was cause a war.
“The face that launched a thousand ships and toppled the gleaming towers of Illium.” Everyone knows the story. Think way back to high school when they made you read it. Odysseus goes to Troy, fights alongside the Spartan kings for 10 years, thousands die, and the Greeks finally win the war with Odysseus’ wooden horse. Then he spends another 10 years finding his way home. Along the way he fights a Cyclops, hears the sirens’ song, and sleeps with a few goddesses.
All the while, Penelope, his wife, sat at home and waited. She was the very essence of a constant, loyal wife. (Hands together in a pious motion) She raised their son, ran the kingdom of Ithaca, and kept her many suitors at bay with her own brand of trickery.
It’s a myth. It couldn’t really have happened that way. Something must have been left out. How else can we explain it? How could a woman so closely related to the false Helen of Troy be faithful to an absent husband for 20 years?
And what of Penelope’s maids? The 12 hanged by Odysseus when he finally arrived home. The ones that cavorted with the suitors – and enjoyed it! Did they deserve what they got, or is it just possible that the story we all know is not the real story? The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus, by Margaret Atwood. ...more
My favorite book since Blindness. A must read for bibliophiles and a pretty good mystery, if you like that sort of thing. Below is my booktalk forMy favorite book since Blindness. A must read for bibliophiles and a pretty good mystery, if you like that sort of thing. Below is my booktalk for this one, also from library school.
The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
On Daniel Sepere’s 10th birthday, his father takes him to a cemetery. Instead of holding people, however, this cemetery is an underground library, and it is the final resting place of books. It is the Cemetery of Forgotten books, and it houses books that have been abandoned by their owners. Daniel’s father says “According to tradition, the first time someone visits this place, he must chose a book, whichever he wants, and adopt it, making sure that it will never disappear, that it will always stay alive. It’s a very important promise. For life. Today it’s your turn.”
Daniel’s chosen book is called the Shadow of the Wind, by Julian Caráx. He reads it, and he just loves it. He asks his father for more like it, but there are none. Oh, Julian Caráx wrote many books, but there are none to be found. And why not? Because someone has been systematically burning them all.
Who is the strange man burning these books? Why does he do it? And why does he call himself by the name of one of Caráx fictional characters? Where is the mysterious author now? Was he, as some believe, killed nearly 20 years ago in a duel on the morning of his wedding? What is it his past that everyone who knew him is so desperate to hide? Daniel has to find out. Not because he’s curious, but because if he doesn’t, the same terrible secret that so tortured Caráx may come for him. The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. ...more
Pure cheese, and I like cheese. Laugh out loud funny. Nothing particularly fantastic about the subject or the writing, but it will put a grin on yourPure cheese, and I like cheese. Laugh out loud funny. Nothing particularly fantastic about the subject or the writing, but it will put a grin on your face. Booktalk from library school below.
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists by Gideon Defoe.
The Pirate Captain is a lot like today’s youth. Well, maybe not that much. Or at all. You be the judge. Like many, The Pirate Captain has a motto. ‘I like ham.’ he sails a ship around, plundering the Spanish Main. Although he agrees that just about everything about pirating is great – drinking the grog, eating the biscuits, stabbing with the cutlasses – the best part is pirate songs, the shanties. Arrr! Just like you, he’s got his own crew – including the pirate with the scarf, the albino pirate, the pirate with the accordion, and the pirate in red – ham lovers all. Most importantly, he has a nemesis. Yarr, Black Bellamy. A pirate so dastardly he won’t even follow the pirate code.
But the Pirate Captain doesn’t worry his pretty little beard over his nemesis, because Black Bellamy has invited his crew over for a sumptuous pirate feast – with no shortage of the good stuff! You guessed it, ham! At the feast, Black Bellamy tells the Pirate Captain about a treasure ship ripe for the looting. And off the pirates set sail … for adventure! Well, south… towards the Galapagos Islands, where they discover they’ve been hoodwinked. They’ve pillaged and wrecked the ship of none other than young Charles Darwin, a soon-to-be famous scientist! Meanwhile, Black Bellamy has commandeered the real treasure ship and is having quite a laugh back in Europe. With nothing better to do and no feasts to attend, the Pirate Captain agrees to team up with Darwin to save Darwin’s brother from the Evil Bishop of Oxford. Will the pirates be able to pass themselves off as scientists and help Darwin? Will the Bishop succeed with some evil scheme he probably has? Will there be enough ham for the journey? Find out, in The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists by Gideon Defoe. ...more