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Captain Grey

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  189 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Young Kevin Cartwright is the prisoner of a pirate king.

"I shall find a way to get free." "Free!" he shouted. "You are here, with us now. You can forget about your father and your sister, or anybody else you may have known. You belong to no nation but this nation. Put him back where he was and don't feed him. Tomorrow we shall talk again about freedom!"

Paperback, 141 pages
Published June 21st 2000 by HarperCollins (first published 1977)
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Colby S.
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought captain grey was a very fine piece of literature. This book definitely satisfied my thirst for adventure. I liked how the book took you to a time where pirates sailed the seas, and showed you the basics of living like a pirate. My favorite parts of the book was when Captain Grey and his men got on their rafts and longboats and took down ships just off the coast of their "Nation". This book however, didn't go into much depth when it talked about taking down said ships; which I didn't re ...more
Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: colonial-america
3.5 stars

Captain Grey is written in Avi-classic style: short and too the point but full of facts, adventures, and impactful characters. It being a pirate story, it had rough moments and the ending was a bit unsettling, but Kevin and Cathleen showed resilience and courage in the face of danger. Readers who enjoy adventure stories, especially sea adventures will most likely enjoy this one.
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Can't remember when I read this book. Decades ago. I've been searching for it for years as I couldn't recall the title. I remember the adventure just jumped off the pages. A very exciting book with a thrilling denouement.
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, children
I am usually a big fan of Avi's work, but I had a hard time getting into this book until almost two-thirds of the way in. However, a nice young readers adventure story.
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book has a slow but interesting start, is a fun book if your into pirates or historical fiction.
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Not his best but still a good storyteller.
This book started out with Kevin and his sister, Cathleen who was born in the City of Philadelphia. Cathleen was 2 years older than Kevin, but their mother died during Kevin's birth had fled Ireland to go to America with nothing but his hate of the English. When the War of Independence took hold of the Americans, he left Kevin and Cathleen to take care of their mother's cousin, Mrs. Barry. Mrs. Barry was low on money, so she was always worried about food. Kevin and Cathleen weren't accepted by o ...more
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
I picked this up to read between the biography "The Bashful Billionaire" and "The Patchwork Planet", both adult reads. I have been reading Avi's books for a while and am attempting to have a complete collection of his.

Granted the book is for kids, but it offers excitement, mystery and adventure that even adults can get into.

It is 1783 and pirates do exist. Kevin Cartwright has been kidnapped by one of the most murderous ones around, Captain Grey. Grey and his band killed his father and sister bu
Adilene Macedo
Oct 11, 2008 rated it liked it

The story is mainly focused on a boy named Kevin that is captured by Captain Grey and his crew. When Kevin is captured he is kept locked up until he agrees to become a pirate.Kevin then is later shown by Captain Grey the methods in order to survive and take his place as captain if he were to die. Kevin goes trough 2 sea battles being part of is experience on how to fight. Throughout the book Kevin spends 25 days until he can be freed.

My favorite line is "Well, Master Freeman Kevin" this
Lisa Rathbun
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
I'm sure this was an exciting book, but it seemed like such a ripoff of "Treasure Island" that I couldn't enjoy it as much. It even ends almost exactly the same as "Treasure Island." Captain Grey, however, is no where near as well-rounded and interesting a character as Long John Silver. His erratic history makes the narrator sorry for him, but it just wasn't convincing to me. The main character also reminded me a lot of Captain Nemo in "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." I would probably not recomme ...more
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Jul 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love the strong sister in this YA book. She survives alone in a pigeon cave, schemes to get revenge on the pirates who killed her father and captured her brother. Aggressive, strong, determined - yeah!
Ginny Williams
Jun 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
loved this one... funny, historical aspect of Revolutionary war time period. Great for preteen reading age group, but one that will be enjoyed by all.
May 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
A pirate tale told from shore. It's exciting and fast paced trying to out think the old captain.
Arlene Allen
Oct 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Before there were fifty shades...
Sep 15, 2008 rated it did not like it
Grim story of a boy captured by a group of embittered men, led by Captain Grey, who turn to piracy. They capture ships, take no captives, and then sink the ships.
Deborah Harris
Dec 23, 2013 added it
Shelves: a18, ar-5
AR Quiz No. 42431 EN Fiction
Accelerated Reader Quiz Information IL: MG - BL: 5.8 - AR Pts: 5.0
Accelerated Reader Quiz Type Information AR Quiz Types: RP, VP
Jul 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Good action read for 4/5th graders.
Apr 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
In 1783, young Kevin Cartwright is kidnapped by the mysterious Captain Grey and his crew of pirates after they kill Kevin's father and sister.
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