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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Trumpeter (May 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590305485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590305485
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,026,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winner of the 2006 Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Literature

"A palimpsest upon Treasure Island, William Gilkerson's beguiling creation, Pirate's Passage, has everything: irresistible characters, richly textured history, humor, suspense, and adventure. Steeped in wit, philosophy, and mystical ambiguity, it takes a maverick approach to history. A challenging children's novel with a dangerous edge, Pirate's Passage is a work of genius. . . . This novel will be read by readers of all generations."—Canada Council for the Arts <a title="The Canada Council for the Arts" target="_blank" href="http://www.canadacouncil.ca/">(www.canadacouncil.ca)</a>

Winner of the New York Library Association "Book of the Season" Award Spring 2006 in the Young Adult Book Category

"Captivated, my imagination bound hand-and foot, I was shanghaied by Pirate's Passage."—Philip Kopper, The Washington Times

 "Beautifully paced, well-written, thoughtful, and clever. Gilkerson's familiarity with seamanship (he is the author of ten books on nautical matters) makes it especially enjoyable."—The London Times

“Full of intrigue and fascinating history.”—VOYA

"A small seaside town . . . a mysterious visitor . . . a voyage of self-discovery. Around all of this swirls a centuries-spanning world of pirates, mentors, and foes—and unlikely friends. It's a mystical and illuminating tale."—Matthew P. Murphy, Editor, WoodenBoat

"This marvelous tale crashed over me like a great wave, submerging me in a gleeful yarn of adventure, intrigue, and memorable characters. Pirate's Passage creates its own kind of ship—and I advise any readers who enjoy a rollicking good story to climb aboard!"—T. A. Barron, author of The Great Tree of Avalon


"A wonderful adventure, with everything you could ask for: pirates, stolen cannon, secret passages, sea voyages, and scurvy knaves. I heartily recommend this book to the piratically-inclined reader of any age."—Garth Nix

"Wonderfully authentic . . . vividly brings to life the dark and violent world of the pirates of the Caribbean."—David Cordingly, author of Under the Black Flag

"Pirate enthusiasts, prepare to settle in for a deliciously unsettling adventure."—The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books

About the Author

Award-winning author William Gilkerson is a sailor, painter, journalist, historian, and adventurer. He is the author of the novel Ultimate Voyage, as well as ten nonfiction books on nautical topics, and his paintings are internationally acknowledged to be among the finest contemporary maritime art. He lives with his family on the shores of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, where he sails his ancient cutter, Elly.

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Customer Reviews

A definite classic!
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He has provided this history in what I consider to be a very engaging manner; a manner that will drag the younger reader along entertainingly and educationally.
David Stapleton
I thought it was very cool to learn so much about pirates (which I had zero interest in before reading this book) in such a fun and painless way.
Jacqulyn K. Ginn

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By David Stapleton VINE VOICE on May 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Gilkerson has written something wonderful here; even 50 pages in and at the tender age of 40+ I was enjoying the ride. This is one fun book to read, and aside from some of the nautical terms used, seems very appropriate for an early adolescent. Also, as a hobby pirate historian, I can fully appreciate what the author has done in providing a background for the history of piracy in his narrative. He has provided this history in what I consider to be a very engaging manner; a manner that will drag the younger reader along entertainingly and educationally. Three hundred plus pages later, I was just as engaged as the author wound up his narrative.

There are only a couple of minor things that could have been included to help the young reader: 1) a glossary of terms, 2) a labeled image of ship rigging, and 3) a collected bibliography for further reading. In the end, those are fairly minor points when considered in the context of the overall entertainment value of the book. My hearty thanks to William Gilkerson for entertaining me with this splendid tale. P-)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Trent W. Anderson on September 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
William Gilkerson's novel Pirate's Passage is a tour de force. It is miscast as a children's book, as the author disingenuously categorizes it. Although it is cleverly enough written so that it can be read by a young

reader and is nicely illustrated, it has layered depths of meaning, provoking the mind of the most sophisticated reader. The author's prose is beautifully crafted. He introduces an enigmatic storyteller whose tales are both real and magical at the same time. The author examines the subject from all angles, teaching lessons that, in his hands are both ageless and mystical, all in a setting that rocked my boat like a surprise shift of the wind. This is the first true pirate classic since Treasure Island itself, but with deeper sands in which to dig, and for a greater treasure. "Pirates Passage" deserves at least the five-star maximum, plus many more.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Terri on October 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book first attracted my attention because of the pirate theme. I was looking for something to read to my son. This book has been great because it is keeping us both very engaged and giving us lots to talk about, tons of new words and concepts for his fertile mind - and mine. If history were this fascinating when I was in school, I would have paid closer attention!

I will warn that while fascinating, the straightforward details are fairly graphic - the non-glorious aspects of a battle and the payment schedules for lost limbs are mentioned, for example. While I do not feel the author dwelled on them, he did mention them which I think is important to portraying a more realistic picture. So, I do not read this before bedtime, instead I read it to my son in the mornings while he was waking up (which I have found makes our morning routine much more pleasant all the way around). Also, I do find myself naturally swapping some vocabulary along the way to make it easier for him to read, but I would rather have it that way. It probably would be more appropriate for a slightly older kid, but I am glad we stumbled upon it - what a true treasure!

By the way, I very much agree with the second reviewer's suggestions about adding a glossary, ship schematic, and such.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
Sailor, journalist, and historian William Gilkerson presents Pirate's Passage is an award-winning novel for young adults, combining the history of Western piracy with a tale of adventure and intrigue. When a windstorm forces a small boat to seek refuge at port on the Nova Scotia coast in 1952, its old sea captain changes the life of an ordinary family, and regales a young boy named Jim with exciting stories about pirates. Readers of all ages are sure to enjoy this lengthy and enthralling saga, sparsely illustrated with black-and-white sketches by the author.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Powell on August 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As an aged Pirate I be reading many books 'bout priating as can be found. Shipmate Gilkerson has been tell'n tales about his run'ins with local pirates along the Northern coast, and witen't them down fer others to read that be learned an all. Those young at heart be enjoy'n such tales as be written here. Those calloused of heart be hear'n tales that they be creating and might be soften some.

So if ye be like'n tales of the sea woven with with tales of shorelife, ye be likin this here book. Lad's being the center of this tale may be likin' this book better than lass's who have less of a part in the narration.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
Argh! Pirate's Passage is a book that suggests a view that some pirate's weren't bad and some hero's were bad. In the story a strange man comes to where Jim is living and teaches him about pirate's. In the book Jim uses pirate strategies to solve problems of his own. His friend, Jenny, accompanies him in some of the lessons the man teaches and in some of Jim's adventure's. If you are interested in pirates you should read this book. It is a very good book that I enjoyed reading. The pirate's in the story were real pirates. It is both fiction and nonfiction combined. It is a great story and you get to learn a little bit about pirates. I highly recommend this book. Happy reading mateys!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Gladilina on April 16, 2009
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I was 36 when I read it, and I loved it! I'm guessing, boys would love it too, since it describes the life of one, about 10, with everyday problems, like bullies, bicycles, and chores, set it a run-down tavern, which his family has to fix and raise the money for. That's when a mysterious traveler comes around.
I'm encouraging my daughter to read it, so we could discuss that traveler.
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