Torrey, Michele. Voyage of Plunder.
In December of 1696, 14-year-old Daniel Markham joins his father and pregnant stepmother Faith aboard his father's ship the Gray Pearl to sail from Boston to Jamaica where his father has secured plantation land. Only a day out to sea, their ship is attacked by pirates and burned, and Daniel's father shot before his eyes by Josiah Black, his father's former friend. Bound by his oath to his father to take care of Faith and her child, Daniel agrees to become a member of the pirate crew in exchange for Faith's release, and so begins his life aboard the Tempest Galley as an unwilling pirate. Over time, he comes to accept his fate, and even allows Captain Black to teach him to fight. During a stop at a pirate island, Daniel stumbles upon hidden booty, stolen and buried by two renegade pirates lead by the evil Fist. When Fist shoots the men in cold blood and tosses them into the pit they have dug to uncover the treasure, Daniel takes action, shooting Fist and removing the treasure to a new spot. But Fist doesn't die, and the secret of the treasure and the shooting weigh on Daniel's mind as he struggles with his identity as a pirate. Black makes another startling revelation that turns Daniel's world upside down, and when Daniel is captured and facing execution, it is Black who teaches him the meaning of honor.
Torrey's adventure on the high seas allows readers an insider's perspective on the lives of 17th-century pirates. Michele Winship, Asst. Prof., Capital Univ., Columbus, OH
J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.
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