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The Dagger Quick ( The Dagger Chronicles #1)

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A stirring tale of rousing old-fashioned adventure, THE DAGGER QUICK is the story of twelve-year-old Christopher, a boy with a clubfoot seemingly doomed to follow in the boring footsteps of his father as a cooper in 17th century England. That is, until he meets his uncle- William Quick, infamous pirate, and the only man ever crazy enough to steal from the infamous Governor ...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Simon Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (first published May 3rd 2011)
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This was given to me by my Literature professor, who is friends with the author - which explains why I spent a couple weeks reading a book clearly not intended for my age group or perhaps my entire gender (but more on that later). Still, overall it was a fun experience.

The book is about 12-year-old Kitto Wheale, who learns that his father has dabbled in piracy in the past, and that his uncle is still a pirate and searching for the treasure he stole from Henry Morgan. Then Kitto's father is murde
I got an advanced reading copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program. It looked like a fun book, a rousing pirate adventure of sorts. It was okay; the pacing of the story is a bit off and the characters a bit inconsistent. I do think younger readers will enjoy the adventure and the pirates.

Kitto Quick is a clubfoot who is learning his father's trade of being a cooper. Kitto doesn't want to be a cooper though he wants to sail the high seas. When part of Kitto's father's sordid past comes b
Margo Tanenbaum
Looking for a rip-roaring adventure story for summer fun, reminiscent of classic pirate yarns like Treasure Island (but without the challenging vocabulary)? Make sure to keep an eye out for The Dagger Quick, a page-turning tale from debut author (and long-time teacher) Brian Eames.
Eames spins the story of 12-year old Christopher Quick, known as Kitto, who lives in 17th century Cornwall and is apprenticed to his father to be a cooper, or barrel-maker. Kitto longs for a life of adventure at sea,
I wasn't as impressed with this book as I wanted to be. The language seemed a little bit stilted and the story quite contrived.

For example, the dialogue would shift to using absolutely NO contractions even where the dialogue would flow better to using many contractions. Through the same characters. And there was even a time where a character said (fairly late in the book), "I ain't never seen Mum scared," which totally contradicts the language that's been used in the book thus far, even by this
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth, from_library
A good swashbuckling pirate story, and my only complaint is that it doesn't stand on its own. It's not a big deal since I was planning to read The Dagger X anyway, but that is a pet peeve of mine. It's youth-oriented; I saw this on a shelf at the library and thought my older two boys would like it, but they've shied away. I insisted it must be a hidden gem and determined to read it myself. That will show them!

Fortunately it IS quite good. It takes a bit to figure out what's going on at the begin
Laura Shannon
Nov 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I often trade books with my oldest daughter, who is 12. She read this book and loved it. She loved it so much, in fact, that she went on and for days about how the ending had such a great cliffhanger and she really hoped that there will be a second book. So I decided to give it a try, as well.
It is very surprising that Mr. Eames is a first-time novelist. Not all first novels are written this well. The character and plot development are first rate and the ending, which takes up the last 1/3 of t
Ms. Patterson
Kitto believes that he will follow his father into the business of making barrels, but secretly wishes he could become a sailor instead. He was born with a club foot and he knows that limits him in the eyes of the world. When he meets his uncle, the infamous pirate William Kidd, Kitto's life is thrown into turmoil. His father is murdered, his brother and stepmom are kidnapped, and Kitto joins forces with his uncle to get revenge on the man behind it all -- the Jamaican Governor.

As advertised, T
BAYA Librarian
Kitto Wheale lives in Falmouth in 1689, with his father, stepmother and younger brother, and is suddenly wrenched out of his ordinary life when he finds out that his uncle is a notorious pirate and he and his father are about to join the pirate Will Quick on a voyage to recover a treasure stolen from Henry Morgan…if Morgan’s men don’t get them first.

This adventure story is well researched and fast moving, although the heavy handed foreshadowing is jarring. Awkward and ungrammatical sentences ab
Jun 09, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found it not good because it had nothing to do with the dagger on the cover and he was a Quick, but not a Dagger Quick. At the very beginning he SHOT somebody! Through the eye, and I found that extremely violent. Not my kind of book. And the monkey as well on his shoulder had nothing to do
with it except that it was Van's monkey. Van is sort-of annoying, as well. He's like "oh, I want to work for Captain Evil Dude" and "Oh my gosh, how could I ever think something like that?" So he's friends wi
This book received great reviews by Kirkus, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and School Library Journal. For this reason as well as the description I decided to read it. I was looking forward to reading a great kids book that I could recommend. Unfortunately, this book did not live up to the hype and I was disappointed.

I found the story to be slow and not all the riveting, the characters were not interesting or engaging and the action I was looking for seemed lacking.

Due to all of t
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