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Pirates! (Teen's Top 10 (Awards)) Hardcover – October 1, 2003
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Celebrated British author Celia Rees (Witch Child, Sorceress) has penned a treasure chest of a tale that will keep teens glued to the pages until the last villain sinks to a deserved watery grave and the last beautiful heroine is reunited with her lost love. Frustrated land-lubbers will want to follow up this four-star read with L.A. Meyers Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ships Boy or Sara Lorimers Booty, a collection of all-true tales of swashbuckling women.--Jennifer Hubert
From School Library Journal
Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
Celia Rees's PIRATES! is a spicy blend of adventure, history, greed, loyalty, danger, sisterhood, (and pants), involving two young women--one who has been born into wealth in Britain, the other into slavery in Jamaica--in the early 1700s.
Nancy Kington, the wealthy merchant's daughter whose mother died giving birth to her, narrates the story. It begins with the sordid events through which her brother's gambling costs the family its fortune and how, shortly thereafter on his death bed, Nancy's father schemes with her brothers to restore their wealth. Unbeknownst to her at the time, Nancy is made the bartering chip for consummating that deal.
"My father was a sugar merchant and a trader in slaves. He owned plantations in Jamaica, and that's where I was bound, but I had not been told the why or wherefore of it. My father's dying wish, that was all my brothers would say. I was not yet sixteen years old, and a girl, so I was neither asked, nor consulted. They assumed I was stupid. But I am far from that. I knew enough not to trust either of them and time was to prove me right. They had sold me as surely as any African they trafficked from the coast of Guinea."
Nancy is a teenager you've gotta love. In contrast to the typical upbringing of British females of the time, she's been taught to read by Robert, the slave her father has brought back from his Jamaican holdings to maintain the household. ("My father saw no reason to pay a houseful of women to sit about clacking and gossiping and eating his food, their backsides getting fatter by the day.Read more ›
You enter into the world of Nancy Kington, daughter of a very rich plantation owner. When her father dies, he leaves a plantation in Jamaica to her, and she befriends slaves. Then, when she is almost forced to marry, she runs away and eventually (very delayed... annoying that the book is called pirates, and they didn't get to the Pirates until about page 150!) joins a band of pirates. She makes startling discoveries, and her ex-suitor does find her.
I loved this book. It is actually 380 pages, and I read it in two days! I bought other books by Celia Rees, I now am a big fan of hers. Buy this book TODAY or else you'll be cursed by pirates!
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I was drawn to this novel for the same reasons I wrote my own female pirate novel, "The Witch From The Sea": the irresistible idea of a young woman with few options liberating herself from the conventional "rules" of gender, race, and class by turning pirate. I've always loved pirate stories, but I was always disappointed by the traditional heroines-highborn noble ladies (often captives) who sit placidly adjusting their crinolines while the men go off and have all the fun. Like Rees, I always thought it would be much more interesting if the heroine were a working member of the pirate crew.
Rees delivers two bold female pirates. Bright, spirited teenage Nancy Kington, daughter of a Bristol merchant, is sent to the family sugar plantation in Jamaica run by her dissolute brother. Minerva Sharpe is the fierce, proud young slave who serves her. Nancy learns she is to be sold in marriage to the repulsive but wealthy sea captain Batholome, a man so cruel, his own sailors think he's the Devil. One night, she rescues Minerva from the plantation's brutal overseer, and both young women flee for their lives.
Outlaws with nowhere else to go, Nancy and Minerva are accepted into the crew of the pirate ship Deliverance under Captain Broom. Dressed in more convenient male clothing (although their shipmtes know they are women), they prove their heart and nerve in a series of compelling adventures: they endure a hurricane at sea, battle with ruthless rival pirate Edward Low, rob a gold fortress on the coast of Africa, face a mutiny, and are even briefly captured by the Royal Navy.Read more ›
Celia Rees ISBN 1-58234-816-2
Have you ever felt like you didn't fit in? Nancy Kington, a wealthy merchant's daughter, thought she would always be safe with her family. After her father died unexpectedly, she is forced to move to Africa with her brother. Nancy was unaware that her plantation, once owned by her father, was so cruel to the slaves that worked there. She forms a close bond to Minerva, her personal slave. Minerva is adventurous and willing to risk her life for her freedom.
It is the 1700's. People fear pirates who travel the seas for merchant's ships to raid. After a sudden death, Nancy is forced to run away from the plantation. Minerva decides to runaway with Nancy. They become pirates. Nancy is ashamed that she has become a pirate because her only love, William, is a naval officer hunting for pirates, especially her crew. She is also running away from an arranged marriage to an evil man. She feels she will never fit in with her shipmates.
This was an exciting book to read. I couldn't put this book down because of the many adventures Nancy faces. The author, Celia Rees, makes you jump into the book and follow Nancy's every move and experience her thoughts.
As the reader, I could relate many things in my life to this book. You could also relate many of the characters from other books to Pirates!. Readers who enjoy historical fiction and adventure would like this book.
I highly recommend this book. The author uses excellent writer's craft to paint a vivid picture in the reader's mind. This book was definitely worth reading!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The story of how one girl's realization turns the lives of those around her upside down. Nancy had no idea her father had traded her off to a wealthy spanish Pirate. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kathleen L. Parry
I bought this for my 84 year old Mom and she loved it so much my 83 year old Dad was convinced to read it also...for the first time in many years. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carol Ann
I adore this book! Although not as well-developed as other novels, Celia Rees still charms in this story about a young girl jetting off an adventure full of piracy and friendship. Read morePublished 8 months ago by COCOMICHEY
This pre-teen novel is a bit formulaic if you have read Witch. The strong female lead character is interesting but I believe teenage or pre-teen boys will find this tale less... Read morePublished 11 months ago by KK
It was awesome! Recommend it to any who enjoy adventure and piracy! One of my favorite books! Thanks Celia ReesePublished 13 months ago by Cele