"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." Albert Einstein

07 October 2015

Seven Dead Pirates

Bailey, Linda. Seven Dead Pirates. Tundra Books, 2015.

Lewis and his family inherit his grandfather's historic home, and Lewis is excited to move into his grandfather's childhood bedroom in the tallest tower of the house. Unfortunately, his bedroom is already occupied - by seven ghost pirates. The ghost pirates are excited to meet Lewis, who is extremely shy and never speaks outside of his home, because they have been promised that Lewis would be the one to reunite them with their ship.

This book is adorable. The pirates are silly and funny and weird, and Lewis grows in his confidence and is able to speak around others and even advocates for keeping his grandfather's house when his parents are planning to sell it. This book would be an excellent read-aloud story, and kids might be motivated to read other pirate stories after reading this one. Highly recommended.

Recommended for: middle grade, classroom read-alouds
Red Flags: bullying, pirate violence (one pirate threatens to pin some boys' livers to a tree, but he doesn't actually do anything), there is an epic pirate battle scene with knives and swords and guns
Overall Rating: 5/5 stars

Read-Alikes: Treasure Island, The Wednesday Wars, Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy

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