Thank you for stopping by my tour stop for ARRGH! by Stacey Campbell. This is a middle grade fantasy adventure and the tour runs January 5-9 with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule!
About the Book:
Forced to remain silent after being kidnapped by pirates Christopher must find a way to save an innocent merchant ship’s captain and his daughter from the evil grasp of Captain Redblade proving that friendship and family are worth fighting for no matter the costs.
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You know when you agree to do a tour book you never know what you are going to get. ARRGH is a true hidden gem! I loved this story! It's a quick easy read and perfect for young readers. But parents will enjoy reading it too. And you know, if you are a parent, that is sometimes hard to find, a book that is interesting to both you and your chapter reader.
The story starts out with a young orphan, Christopher, escaping from his situation and finding himself in an even worse situation. He overhears the plans of some traitorous pirates and is discovered by them, dragged onto a ship and sets sail for the Caribbean from London. Even though he has to scrub the decks with sand and water and sleep on the hard floor in the cabin with one of these pirates, he makes the best of his situation. Soon he's friends with the captain's daughter even though he has to pretend to be mute. He has help from a talking mouse and monkey as he uncovers the plans of the pirates he overheard on the docks. The author doesn't waste words or time with unnecessary information. Descriptions are brief, we all can imagine a pirate just from the word. But what scrubbing the decks is, that is explained. The plot is good, an air of danger is always there, with a slight twist at the end. I'd love to see more adventures with Christopher and Lucy. But the story is completely resolved at the end so it is a stand alone. Still, the kids are great together and I'd love to see them again!
This novel is one I highly recommend for middle grade readers. The chapters are good size so a confident reader could read it on their own or a beginner reader could read it with someone else. It's a great story for boys, but there is nothing that makes it specifically a boy's story.
I received a copy of this novel for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author:
Stacey R. Campbell lives in the Pacific North West with her husband, three daughters, three dogs, and a pet turtle named Todd. She is a graduate of the University of Washington. At the age of seven Stacey was told that she would never be the writer she dreamed of being because she is dyslexic. Finally Stacey found that she could not look her children in the eyes and tell them that they could be what ever they wanted to be if she did not do the same. Now Stacey can’t stop writing and loves to help children pursue their own dreams. Stacey is the young adult author of Hush, A Lakeview Novel and Whisper, A Lakeview Novel. ARRGH! is Stacey’s first middle grade book.For more books from this author, visiting information, and author events please visit Stacey at:
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