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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 880L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Cassaforte Chronicles (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Flux; 1 edition (April 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738718955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738718958
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,196,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up Nic Dattore, 17, is the hero of this second book in the series. In the magical world of Cassaforte, his dreary life of indentured servitude seems cursed by misfortune. Traveling with a Dickensian theater troupe by sea, he ends up fending off pirates, losing his fellow thespians, and ending up on a deserted island. There he meets a charming Gurgi-like reformed pirate named Maxl a girl named Darcy and an old man, Jacopo. This motley band takes over the pirate ship, determined to sail it to Cassaforte so Jacopo can warn the city of an impending attack. In the process, Nic pieces together clues regarding his identity and the curse attached to him. Even if teens haven't read The Glass Maker's Daughter (Flux, 2009), they can immerse themselves in this title as it is more of a companion novel than a strict sequel. The setting suggests a pseudo-European world similar to those found in Kai Meyer's The Water Mirror (S & S, 2005) or Cornelia Funke's The Thief Lord (Scholastic, 2002) complete with fake French, Italian, and Dutch language constructs. Some may enjoy the oddly familiar settings while other fantasy readers might wish for something more unique. Teens who read pirate novels or adventure-driven fantasy will identify with Nic's courageous attempts to help his friends and turn his misfortunes around. The dialogue can be disconnected, but the humor, friendship, and sword fighting make this title worth recommending. Caitlin Augusta, Stratford Library Association, CT
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From Booklist

Seventeen-year-old indentured servant Nic is cursed: all of his masters have met early, violent deaths (and deserved them, too). Nic hopes his luck is changing when he winds up with shrewd but jovial Armand Arturo, owner of the Theatre of Marvels—until their ship is attacked by pirates and Nic washes up on a deserted island. His quest for revenge becomes a quest to save the land of Cassaforte from invasion, aided by an unusual crew and an enchanted ship. Briceland’s spirited companion to The Glass Maker’s Daughter (2009) blends charismatic characters, magic, piracy, theater, and romance into a fantastical sea adventure. Grades 7-11. --Krista Hutley

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christine M. Carlisle on May 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
When I opened my copy of The Buccaneer's Apprentice, I wriggled with delight. The dialogue sparkled, the story was great, and I really liked the characters. The invented dialects were great as well. I was thrilled to find out that there will be one more Cassaforte book This world is getting realler and realer to me. I'm going to lend this to my sister next week, and will probably have to pry it out of her hands afterwards.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erique on May 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
Briceland's "The Buccaneer's Apprentice" is a rollicking read with a first-person hero with an intriguing backstory, a series of colorful characters, and an exciting plot set in a world that's recognizably similar to, but not quite our own. Nic Dattore, an indentured servant for his entire young life, finds himself free and in charge, but struggling for survival from a shipwreck. As he meets more and more challenges, he surprises himself with the ability to use what he's learned, without trying, from his past experiences.

Highlights of the book: the acting troupe that become Nic's adopted family, the enchanted ship (wonderfully drawn) and watching Nic and heroine Darcy come into their own as adults while recognizing and embracing their mutual attraction.
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A delightful romp from Cassaforte to the azure isles. The Same humor and charm of "the glass maker's daughter" this time on the seas and isles.
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