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The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World's Worst Pirate

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3.61  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Meet Thomas — a young man sailing with his parents aboard a merchant ship in the 18th century and prone to daydreaming about living an exciting life as a pirate on the high seas. When a pirate crew led by Captain Bartholomew Morgan takes over the ship, Thomas stows away and is accepted into their motley gang. However, life as a pirate proves far less romantic than what he ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published September 19th 2017 by North Star Editions Jolly Fish Press
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Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm so glad to know this is going to be an ongoing series because I adored this book. Written as diary entries by Thomas, our bored and looking-for-adventure stowaway, the story is both humorous and exciting-and filled with historical facts. Thomas learns some valuable life-lessons along the way, one being that pirate life isn't as romantic and grand as he had imagined. The artwork is excellent and suits the nature of the story. ...more
Pop Bop
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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An Intriguing and Unique Tone

Hapless. Our hero is hapless, and as I read this I realized that almost no one writes children's books that combine silly fantasy with realistic behavior. Allow me to explain.

The setup is straightforward. When young Tom's ship is attacked by pirates everyone is taken from the ship and set adrift. Except for Tom, who hides in the cargo bay, and ends up sailing with the pirates who have taken over the ship. When he's discovered, Tom signs on as a new member of the pira
Valentina Markasović
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Books written in a diary format have always been intriguing to me. A diary is where a person (or a character) pours their heart out and reveals their darkest secrets.

At the first glance, no dark secrets are revealed in the long-lost diary of the world's worst Pirate, i.e. Thomas. He writes about his parents pestering him, the boredom he is confined to during their journey to his father's new workplace, and his strive to become a plundering pirate. In an ominous event that proves the truth behin
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
UGH, this story was adorable!
The beginning started out very Pirates of the Caribbean-ey-ish (I know that's not a word)
A cute tale full of twists and turns! A young boy finds his boat being taken over by Pirates. Eager for a more exciting life, he hides away in the boat until he is found by one of them. From there, he attempts to try and participate in the activities on board, which don't fare so well for him.
In the end, the crew ends up being captured and he attempts and succeeds a daring escape
Tonja Drecker
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
With the rawness of the sea, this book attacks the life of pirates and adventure but with a tidal wave of reality which has romantic idealism walking the plank.

Thomas is sailing across the sea with his parents to their new home, but the merchant ship is not nearly as exciting as a pirate ship would be. When Thomas spots a ship on the horizon, the adventure begins. Convinced the pirate life is the life for him, Thomas manages to become part of the crew, but soon he learns that pirating isn't near
Jennifer Sullivan
[I received this as a digital advance reader copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.]

Thomas is a young man traveling by merchant vessel with his parents in the 18th century. They are traveling to one of the Carribbean Islands where his father is to be the new Govenor. But Thomas does not want the aristocratic life of a politician's son. Instead, he fantasizes about being a pirate, singing bawdy songs, hunting for treasure, and living in total freedom.

When real pirates sieze th
Sharon Tyler
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World's Worst Pirate is the second book in the Long-Lost Secret Diary series for children written by Tim Collins and illustrated by Sarah Horne. This illustrated chapter book is currently scheduled for release on September 19 2017. You do not need to read the entire series, or the books in order, to enjoy the stories.

Meet Thomas, a young man sailing with his parents aboard a merchant ship in the 18th century. He is prone to daydreaming about living an exciting l
Tasha (Amaysn Reads)
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars/5 stars

Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC.

The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World's Worst Pirate tells the story of Thomas who stows away on his parents ship that was taken over by pirates. The book (obviously) is told in journal entries and details Thomas' adventures with becoming a pirate.

I really enjoyed this book. Thomas was a delightful character who only wanted adventure from his boring life. Linking up with the pirates he had all these fantastical dreams of fin
I chose to read this book because the title sounded like fun. Clearly, my method for picking books is very scientific. Turns out I was right, this is a fun read. The story is great, the illustrations are great, and the historical facts about pirates ties everything together.

This book shows kids that sometimes, what you think you want is not as great as you thought it would be. Without having all of the facts, you could end up making a decision that you regret.

The young main character dreams of
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thomas is traveling from England to a Caribbean island when their ship is boarded by a pirate crew. The pirates swap boats because theirs is in such bad shape, but Thomas hides and stays aboard the newly-crowned pirate ship.

Thomas becomes a member of the pirate crew, and struggles to find his place among the pirates. The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World’s Worst Pirate tells of Thomas’s adventures in diary format. Every few entries, there are “Get Real” moments, which teach about real pirate l
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it
This well illustrated book will certainly appeal to a young audience. It is a cleverly crafted look at the hardships sailors endured in the time of sailing merchant ships. Told through the eyes of Thomas, a youngster who is so sure that the life of a pirate is the best thing ever, that is until he becomes one. There is a great glossary and lots of sailing terms thrown around “Avast ye” “Heave to” “Shiver me timbers”! Lessons to be taught and to be learned and Thomas is always in the middle of ev ...more
Cathy | A Case Full of Books
3.5/5 stars

This book was charming, to say the least.

Written in the form of a diary, it is about a young boy who is traveling on a ship that gets seized by pirates. Seeing this as a way to escape his dull, adventureless life, Thomas stows away and is eventually accepted on as one of the pirate crew. But life as a pirate was not as fun and adventurous as he might have thought.

Filled with "Get Real" facts (sidebars that provide historical context for pirateering), this book was silly, exciting, and
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tom is a luckless young man, separated from his family at sea and casting his lot with a band of pirates. However, pirate life is not all yo-ho-ho and bottles of rum. Told in diary format, Tom shows how mundane life on the open sea can be and how quickly a pirate's luck can change from bad to worse. Interspersed with "Get Real" sidebar information that provides historical definition to terms and tools, this book was a fun read told from an interesting perspective.

Thank you to NetGalley for the o
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Thomas fantasizes about pirate life, but it's not as amazing as he imagined when a pirate crew takes over the ship his family is aboard. Humorous, yet informative. The end of the book contains a brief history of pirates and a glossary. Enjoyable. ...more
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc
I like the facts that were peppered into the story.
The main character isn't very likeable, thought the story would be a fun read for kids interested in pirates.
Vijay Anand
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a ridiculously cute story!

While clearly meant for children, the book barely detracted from my enjoyment. Besides, it deals with some adult themes.

Long story short, the protagonist of the story is a wildly imaginative boy called Thomas, who’s aboard a ship headed for the Caribbean where his father was posted as a governor.

Thomas has fantasies of becoming a dreaded pirate on the high seas and so, when pirates capture their ship, he hides in the ship to become a part of their crew.

He realizes
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Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
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