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The Pirate's Son

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  220 ratings  ·  28 reviews
It is the year 1717 in England. When Nathan and his sister Maud find themselves orphaned, Tamo White, the son of a pirate, offers them refuge and extraordinary adventure in a new life on the high seas.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Scholastic (first published 1996)
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Houlahan houlahan
Good but unusual. Sort of like an 18th Century hunger games, with children being kidnapped by pirates etc. Enjoyable but did slightly drag in patches.
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun adventure and fairly historically accurate tale of what life would have been like during the Golden Age of Piracy.

Nathan, for the most part, is an enjoyable main character, though I kind of wish the story had been told more from his sister Maud's POV, as she was the most interesting character to me by the end. However, this is just as much his story as it is hers, so it works for him to be the main character. Tamo was an interesting character as well, and is the true catalyst for
Ally C
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nathan had almost always dreamed of pirates back at Graylake School. When he and his sister, Maud, become orphaned after their father suddenly dies, they leave England with the famous pirate’s son, Tamo White after he offers them a place to stay. They sail away to far away Madagascar where they settle in with a subtle and quite peaceful village. But soon, Tamo’s treacherous past is revealed and the three then lived with merciless buccaneers and pirates. Now they must drive the pirates out….. bu ...more
Orlando Luna
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gran libro, te dan ganas de subirte al barco y pelear con los piratas, bailar y comer con el pueblo africano y regresar de nuevo a Londres. Texto fantástico donde la amistad, el aferrarse a los sueños y dejar un poco las creencias religiosas para entender que las culturas del mundo no son las mismas, salen a flote.
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suitable for young adults as the editor says, although I would widen the age-range: "children" older than 11 will enjoy it greatly (adults also!) ...more
McCaughream me sorprende por su facilidad con la cual puede hablar de piratas, domina todos los modismos, y las acciones dignas de un corsario, por este libro y otros más seguramente pudo obtener el premio para realizar la segunda parte oficial de Peter Pan, más por supuesto los diversos premios que ha obtenido por sus otros diversos libros. La historia de estos 3 personajes que por razones del destino terminan en un viaje por la mar, envuelve entre aventuras y desafíos inimaginables una bien cu ...more
Krystl Louwagie
Aug 21, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Read in 2005, review from then;

This book wasn't that good either. It was called, "The Pirate's Son" and that character was fairy cool, but the book focused more on the friend of the boy, Nathan. (starting and ending the book with the most boring and annoying character isn't cool.) Nathan was a stupid boy obsessed with being christian, who hated pirates, but was fascinated by stories of them.
Nathan had a sister that was better than him, but still not all that great. And she lied to the Pirate's s
Deborah O'Carroll
This is one of my favorite books ever, and I know that it’s weird and probably not everyone’s cup of tea, but I adored it. It’s in the 1700s and about an English boy and his sister who end up traveling with an awesome boy named Tamo who happens to be a pirate’s son, to Madagascar, where they live with natives and meet nasty pirates and… I don’t even know. I JUST LOVE IT OKAY? <3 I’ve read it like three times. I randomly got it at a library sale (I think because I liked Peter Pan in Scarlet by th ...more
Jan 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, teen
Nathan Gull's father died penniless, so Nathan is thrown out of his school. Another student, Tamo, is the son of a pirate. He decides to return to his homeland of Madagascar, and he takes Nathan and his sister Maude, along. Their ship's captain betrays them, trying to sell Maude to pirates. The three struggle to suvive the troubles Tamo's past brings. ...more
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, ya
Nathan has read everything on pirate's he can find. When he is kicked out of school,after his father died penniless, he finds his dream comes true to go to sea. The pirate's son, Tamo, takes Nathan and sister Maude to Madagascar. Nathan's dream soon becomes a nightmare, but Mousie Maude finds herself. A book that is definitely for young adult students or adults. ...more
Oct 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plundering Paradise is the first book I have read set in Madagascar and it was a thoroughly enjoyable adventure, made more so because Maud, the female character in the book has the strongest spirit throughout!
Feb 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great YA book. The title is deceiving, it's more about a quiet orphan girl than her brother. They take off with pirates and she is the smart one that gets them out of many tough places. Coming of age novel that's can inspire young girls. ...more
Oct 02, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other
An okay book. I found it hard to understand to while i was reading it. It was hard to tell who characters where at some times. It was a boring book i thought and i board reading it all the time. It was hard to follow along with the book too.
Feb 10, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have to read this for school and I hate it! It's the most boring book I have ever read! Please DO NOT READ! And maybe you will like it but this is just my opinion so don't take it personally if you like it. ...more
Christine Brodien-Jones
A rollicking tale of three children cast adrift at sea in the clutches of n’er-do-well pirates – brilliantly written, recommended!
May 12, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit
Kind of slow. Didn't care for writing style. Boys father dies. He and sister join pirate's son to Madagascar, and live with the natives. But there are other pirates on the reef...
Jane Wilson-Howarth
An excellent ripping yarn in a spectacular setting, even if porcupines shouldn't have appeared in the cast - Madagascar has some much stranger prickly fellows called tenrecs. ...more
Jun 18, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, simple book. Casual reading.
Sep 25, 2007 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
This was the worst book i have ever read! I DO NOT recomend it!!!
Shanelle Sorensen
Enjoyable and well-done. I especially enjoyed the last quarter of the book. It kept getting better and better. :-)
Themes of trying to escape fate. Well-plotted and described, but seems to have an anti-Christian agenda. Unrealistic view of happiness of the natives.
David Vanness
Jul 02, 2015 marked it as to-read
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My copy hardback 294 pages.
Sep 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this. I enjoyed this more than I expected to. Kind of "Dickenesque" - or maybe it's just the period that creates this feeling, ...more
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Geraldine McCaughrean was born in 1951 and brought up in North London. She studied at Christ Church College of Education, Canterbury and worked in a London publishing house for 10 years before becoming a full-time writer in 1988. She has written over 120 books, 50 short plays for schools, and a radio play.

Her adult novels include Fires’ Astonishment (1990) and The Ideal Wife (1997), but she is bes

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“The fictional exploits of buccaneering men had lost their magic for him. Besides, there were other pirates on view in Tilbury that spring.

One, unredeemed by any amnesty, hung from the gibbet at Tilbury Point, tugged at by a brisk breeze off the river. His body had been bound in chains, daubed with tar and encased in a cage, denied Christian burial as a warning to the living of the hideousness of death.

It did not have quite that effect on Nathan. "It's Easter," he said to Hardcastle.

"A week since," said Hardcastle.

"When they went to the tomb to rewrap Christ's body . . ."

Harcastle threw Toby in the air and caught him repeatedly, making the child laugh and laugh.

". . . except that it had gone . . ." said Nathan.

"Raised to glory," agreed Harcastle, rubbing noses with the baby.

". . . out into the garden."

Suddenly it seemed to him that the tarry skull of the pirate on the gibbet might not be shouting a warning after all -- that his decaying corpse might no longer be suffering the torments of the gibbet as his executioners like to suggest with cage and chain and padlock. There were amnesties other than the King's.

The man might simply be singing: singing and dancing in the bright, brittle Easter sunshine, held up in midair not by chains but by invisible hands or on invisible shoulders.”
“Why don't you come with me?"

"Why? Where are you going?"

"Home. I've had enough. I hate England."

"Hate England?" It was too much to grasp, with a head full of searing headache.”
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