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Tom Cringle: The Pirate and the Patriot (Tom Cringle 2) Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 1, 2001
From School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-The War of 1812 is raging in this action-packed sequel to Tom Cringle: Battle on the High Seas (S & S, 2000). Fourteen-year-old Tom, now promoted to first lieutenant in the Royal Navy, is serving on the brig Kraaken, assigned to patrol the waters between Jamaica and Cuba and to capture American privateers and slave smugglers. While at sea, the crew encounters violent weather, loses the cabin boy to a shark attack, and captures a pirate ship with a cargo of stolen slaves. When its escort brig attacks the Kraaken, Tom and his men board it and set fire to the powder magazine, causing the vessel to explode and sink. Tom, barely recovered from his battle wounds, is then given the task of returning the slaves to Cinnamon Hill plantation. He is torn by this difficult assignment; in his heart he believes that slavery is wrong. On the overland trek through the Jamaican jungle, he and his men endure a series of violent attacks from American pirates led by his nemesis. In a rousing climax, Tom captures the pirate Jenkins and his ship. Unfortunately, the issue of returning the slaves to servitude is dealt with in a facile manner. Captain Smythe conscripts them into the British Navy, a dubious fate since Royal Navy life at this time was brutal. Although marred by the failure to explore this moral issue, the lively plotting, picturesque language, and colorful setting make this an exciting tale.
Patricia B. McGee, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 4-8. Hausman's lively sequel to Tom Cringle: Battle on the High Seas (2000) has the good-natured but trouble-bound 14-year-old helping sail the Kraaken. Tumbles, fumbles, and constant bumbles make for slapstick mayhem as the crew discovers a menagerie of wildlife on board the ship and encounters threats of slave and pirate ships. With his loyal canine, Sneezer, and a cast of menacing foes and admirable cohorts, Tom falters his way into ever-greater heroics, and shares a few insights about the evils of slave trading along the way. With a lighthearted tone and tongue-in-cheek bravado, Hausman clearly has fun with his readers, always making sure they're in on the jokes. His epistolary format and Treasure Island-like dialogue will appeal to young readers, as will Hills' rough-and-ready illustrations. Hausman doesn't hint at another Tom Cringle adventure, but he has certainly left room for the possibility. Roger Leslie
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Tom is responsible for the lives of his men, and it isn't always possible to keep them safe and out of harm's way. He knows that some of his sailors are jealous of him. Others don't want to follow Tom because of his youth. To make matters worse, there is a war going on. Tom wants to follow orders from his commanding officers, but he feels terrible when he loses men. He also doesn't agree with his orders to return captured slaves to their owners. How can he live up to his conscience? Can Tom ever be an honorable officer of the British Crown?
There are many reasons to read TOM CRINGLE: The Pirate and the Patriot. Author Hausman is really good at explaining history. In this book, you learn about The War of 1812 and the British navy from the English point of view, and the history of slavery in England. TOM CRINGLE also teaches you about duty and how one young man rises above the expectations laid out for him. An excellent and engrossing adventure tale!
--- Reviewed by Tamara Penny