Kristen's Reviews > The Giant Rat of Sumatra: or Pirates Galore

The Giant Rat of Sumatra by Sid Fleischman
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Jan 18, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, ya-juvenile
Read in December, 2008

I'm not too proud to read books labeled "10 and up," and you shouldn't be either. Sometimes they're a lot of fun - especially if they're historical adventure stories. In 1846 San Diego, California, twelve-year-old Shipwreck is brought ashore by the pirate captain who rescued him from the sea, and who is now bent on becoming an hidalgo - and completing his revenge on the local man who wronged him years ago. A fast-paced, mostly credible, and often funny yarn, this story did have a few continuity problems but was enjoyable to read (even for a historian).

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