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The Pirate Captain's Daughter
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"I always knew my father was a pirate and I always knew I wanted to be one, too." At age fifteen, Catherine's life is about to change. Her mother has just died and Catherine can't stand the thought of being sent to live with her aunt in Boston. She longs for a life of adventure. After she discovers her father's secret life as captain of the pirate ship Reprisal, her only thoughts are to join him on the high seas. Catherine imagines a life of sailing the blue waters of the Caribbean, the wind whipping at her back. She's heard tales of bloodshed and brutality but her father's ship would never be like that. Catherine convinces her father to let her join him, disguised as a boy. But once the Reprisal sets sail, she finds life aboard a pirate ship is not for the faint of heart. If her secret is uncovered, punishment will be swift and brutal.
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Gr 5-7-Marooned on an island in The Pirate Captain's Daughter (Sleeping Bear, 2011), Catherine and William are rescued by the pirate crew of the Sea Wolf at the start of this story. The two lovers vow to stay together, but they are not prepared for what awaits them. Catherine is surprised to discover that the ship's captain is a woman, and even more surprised that she takes a liking to William. When she finds out that the previously disguised Catherine is a girl, Captain Medb Moriarty forbids the two to have any contact, and locks Catherine in her quarters with her at night. Moriarty has her sights set on plundering two other pirate ships-Catherine's former ship The Reprisal and the bountiful Isabella-and she intends to make William her partner. Catherine is desperate to escape with William, but she fears that he's having second thoughts about his feelings for her. She spends her days mending sails alongside the friendly dwarf Sebastian, pining for William and thwarting the unwanted advances of lecherous Magruder. Catherine finally finds her strength when the Sea Wolf comes upon the beached-and presumably abandoned-Isabella and she must rescue William after a bloody surprise attack. A quick read for fans of pirate tales.-Wendy M. Scalfaro, G. Ray Bodley High School, Fulton, NY (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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