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Annabel Pickering and the Sky Pirates: The Fantastical Contraption

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What is the Fantastical Contraption? What secrets does it hold inside? And what about it convinced the Queen to abduct Annabel Pickering’s parents?

Thirteen-year-old Annabel Pickering loves her ordinary life riding her pony, reading novels, and riding the trains and flying machines high above the city. And she ALWAYS crosses the street before she gets to the weird old hous
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Annabel Pickering is a plucky young heroine that every reader can root for. She manages to keep her cool throughout this adventure where her parents are abducted by the Queen’s Guard for no apparent reason, she falls under the protection of the neighboring spinster she’s always believed to be one square short of a quilting bee, she’s transported aboard a pirate dirigible into hiding, and stumbles into a veritable whirlwind of other unexpected and unpredictable events. Any ordinary 15-year old yo ...more
Lauren Jones
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you had a chance to board an air ship that sailed the skies with pirates, would you jump at the idea or be fearful? Aren’t pirates supposed to follow a different code than most ‘normal’ law abiding citizens? It is this very reason that Miss Annabel Pickering finds herself among their company and Shaffer certainly does make her journey fantastical!

As a thirteen-year-old girl, Annabel Pickering is far from perfect. She goes to school, she gets picked on, and she always avoids passing the spins
Stephanie Petersen
This is the book I wanted to curl up with when I was 12 years old. It contains a wonderful world in which to lose yourself; I fully expected to encounter the likes of Caractacus Potts or Miss Truly Scrumptious within its pages, and I very nearly did. But unlike many of the books I read as a child back in the 1970s, Shaffer's story includes an added dimension. Without being preachy, the Annabel Pickering story illustrates to young readers the face of a very real villain: a rent seeking, regulator ...more
Annabel P. And the Sky Pirates was an interesting read. It's geared towards a YA audience and I think they'd enjoy it more than I did. Well, some of it. The story takes place in an unspecified year and time. The characters are intriguing as is the story. Although it does tend to drag on in some areas. The predicament that Annabel finds herself in is definitely going to be unsettling for many tween/teen readers. The ending was pretty odd and leaves many questions unanswered which is why I am only ...more
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