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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 770L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Dagger Chronicles
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (November 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442468556
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442468559
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,815,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 4-8-This book picks up where The Dagger Quick (S .S, 2011) left off. It is September 1678, and 12-year-old Kitto wakes up to realize that he has lost a leg to a shark attack and that he, his stepmother, and his friend are stranded on a Carribbean island with Ontoquas, a Native American girl, and the baby she rescued during her escape from a slave-trading ship. With her help, Kitto discovers that a cave on the island holds the large treasure that his uncle had been planning to recover when his ship was attacked by pirates under the command of the vengeful Captain John Morris. When another group of pirates arrives, the ragtag group decides to join forces to outwit Morris, escape the island, and try to find Kitto's younger brother and uncle. This exciting tale has all of the essential elements of a grand adventure-a flamboyant, hook-handed pirate; bloody battles; hidden treasure; a vicious crocodile; and a peg-legged boy-and the inclusion of escaped slaves and Native Americans makes for a unique and well-rounded story. Readers will root for Kitto and his companions as they use their wit and courage to fight against seemingly impossible circumstances, and most will finish The Dagger X eager to see what happens to the characters in Eames's next volume.-Sarah Reid, Broome County Public Library, Binghamton, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Ahoy, mateys! Be ye brave, clever, able to fight crocodiles and willing to eat turtle cooked over an open fire? Then leap into the drink of the next installment of the Dagger Chronicles, if ye dare.

Christopher Quick, called Kitto, has wished all his life he hadn’t been born with a club foot, but when he loses it to the teeth of a shark while saving his friend Van from drowning, he has to adjust to a brand new peg leg. It doesn’t help that he and four others are stranded on an island where the landscape is rough. When a pirate crew lands on the island as well, things get heated, but Kitto finds a solution in the form of a common enemy and ties to the past that are buried deeper than buried treasure. With detailed prose, elementary school teacher Eames relays his characters’ fast-paced adventures with just the right blend of history and excitement. His greatest talent lies in delivering action sequences in a way that maintains momentum and delivers information, all with an eye toward historical accuracy.

Smart, nuanced adventure that asks big questions. (Kirkus Reviews)


This book picks up where The Dagger Quick (S & S, 2011) left off. It is September 1678, and 12-year-old Kitto wakes up to realize that he has lost a leg to a shark attack and that he, his stepmother, and his friend are stranded on a Carribbean island with Ontoquas, a Native American girl, and the baby she rescued during her escape from a slave-trading ship. With her help, Kitto discovers that a cave on the island holds the large treasure that his uncle had been planning to recover when his ship was attacked by pirates under the command of the vengeful Captain John Morris. When another group of pirates arrives, the ragtag group decides to join forces to outwit Morris, escape the island, and try to find Kitto’s younger brother and uncle. This exciting tale has all of the essential elements of a grand adventure–a flamboyant, hook-handed pirate; bloody battles; hidden treasure; a vicious crocodile; and a peg-legged boy–and the inclusion of escaped slaves and Native Americans makes for a unique and well-rounded story. Readers will root for Kitto and his companions as they use their wit and courage to fight against seemingly impossible circumstances, and most will finish The Dagger X eager to see what happens to the characters in Eames’s next volume (School Library Journal)

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Fast paced action and a real page-turner.
Cricket Lomicka
It also embodies rigorous historical research, an exquisite literary quality and a deep sense of compassion for the finely drawn characters.
Natalie B. Bernstein
Great gift for my grandson. he loved it. will check out other books by the same author.
Diane L. Sheridan

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Natalie B. Bernstein on January 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover
We can't keep this one on the shelves in our library: I've had to order extra copies to meet demand. Like The Dagger Quick, this is a pirate story with jaw-dropping action. It also embodies rigorous historical research, an exquisite literary quality and a deep sense of compassion for the finely drawn characters. The main character, a boy called Kitto, exhibits a profound sense of human longing and inspirational courage. He feels different. He feels like he doesn’t belong. And, amazingly, we identify with a 17th century motherless lad who has just had his club foot chomped off by a shark. Now stranded on a desert island with his stepmother, his friend, a Native American girl and a tiny baby, Kitto must outwit the evil pirates, make use of a vicious crocodile and escape in order to rescue his lost brother and uncle. Bravo, Mr. Eames! My students and I are longing for the final installment in The Dagger Chronicles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aestrangel on March 30, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I eagerly anticipated the release of the sequel to The Dagger Quick (as did my students). The Dagger X definitely doesn't disappoint! Just as many twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat. The writing is strong and the tone is familiar which creates a sense of familiarity and consistency from book 1 to 2.

There's something very endearing and relatable in Kitto.

Bravo, to a strong and entertaining installment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S.Casha on April 7, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Oftentimes as readers, we find ourselves cursing the author in their sequel. The book is either written too fast or lacks the magic of the first. With Dagger X, however, my worries were quickly annihilated. Eames continues his triumphant series in this high paced follow up. He gives his readers exactly what they want: a nerve tingling adventure on the high seas. He does not disappoint. I'm already looking forward to the final Chronicle!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adelbert on May 13, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I have a niece that enjoys both reading and writing. I like to read books to her and the Dagger series is right up her alley. What marvelous adventures for young readers, with salty characters and a muscular prose style that moves the story along at forty knots. Pirates have been popular lately, but Brian Eames bring a new twist to the genre that is refreshing. Must read, Matey!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Austen M. on April 19, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am 10 years old. I am so glad that I read this story. I read it because I read The Dagger Quick, the first book which I really liked. My favorite character is also a young girl. The best part of the book is that it keeps you in suspense! If you like pirates, or that type of history, you would really like this book. It was super hard to put down!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen Vorbeck Williams on April 4, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
My grandson loved "Dagger Quick" (in fact it was one of the books that finally got him interested in reading) so I am pleased to find its sequel "The Dagger X" by Brian Eames. These are thrilling stories for the young and those who feel young and ready for a pirate adventure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary B. on May 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book has everything: adventure on the high seas, pirates, shark attack, and a young hero who is trying to find himself and figure out how to live on his own terms. Eames keeps up the suspense, which keeps you turning the pages of this fast-paced novel. A perfect read for kids.
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More About the Author

I was always a writer. I still have my first book, composed entirely in crayon. It features my dog Spook, a weimaraner who stood as tall as a horse and possessed the intelligence of processed cheese. Spook made a big impression on me, sometimes by knocking me senseless with his thick skull. I remember when he plucked the steak my father had just grilled for dinner off the kitchen counter and downed it in just a few bites right in front of us. As an older child, there was a time when I would be the first one home after school. I'd sneak up the gravel driveway, tiptoeing across the crunching stones so as not to alert the beast, then storm into the house and run straight for the kitchen. Spook went absolutely bananas when I would come home--gnawing on furniture got dreadfully tedious for him during school hours--and he was large enough to inflict significant damage while celebrating my return. So, I would leap up onto the kitchen table just ahead of him, nibble leftover pretzels from my brown bag lunch and wait for Spook to do his 97 laps around the kitchen table before I would venture down and let him out the front door, tongue lagging, exhausted.

My next book was from first grade. It borrowed dangerously from Beverly Cleary's The Mouse and the Motorcycle books, but the publisher of that series never complained. My favorite writing project, though, was one I undertook with my great-grandfather Bamp Bill. He was something of a writer himself, mostly family tales that would become treasures to us once he had passed on. He and I began a detective novel when I was 10 wherein I would write one chapter, and he would write the next. I sorely wish I had kept it up for longer.

Mostly I grew up in Rome, New York, a small town near the center of the state. We lived outside the center of the town, near the edge of a large reservoir lake and acre upon acre of unclaimed woods. Nicely worn paths wound their way through those woods, and along those paths my friends and my older brother and I would careen on our bicycles, jumping over roots, rocks and each other. Over the course of a few seasons, we secreted away hatchets from the garages of our homes and worked diligently at building a log house deep in those woods at the edge of the lake. Armed with our inadequate tools, my friends and I hacked at huge pine trees far larger than your average telephone pole. When one finally gave way after hours of work, the slow-motion arc of descent was utterly thrilling. It was nuts, of course, stupidly dangerous, but this was back in the day when parents did not yet feel the need to watch kids all that closely, and kids took full advantage of the neglect. My friend Eric cut perfect notches in the sections we created from the felled trees so that layers of logs fit together just like the Lincoln Logs that we had recently abandoned back in our homes. We only got about two layers high on our log cabin, but I can still attest that it was one of the most powerful lessons about teamwork that I have ever gotten.

When I am not writing, I am a teacher of 5th and 6th grade students, and I tell them tales of the evil Ms. Voorhees who taught me in 4th grade, and the daunting and gallant Mr. Grande, my 5th grade teacher. These and dozens of other teachers made a huge impression on me, and no doubt their patience and support have helped me to accomplish what I have as a writer, a teacher, and a parent.

Did I not mention the kids? My wonderful wife and I have three--all sons--which might sound like some sort of biblical curse, but is actually buckets of fun.

We do not, however, have a weimeraner.

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