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The Buccaneer's Apprentice
ISBN: 9780738718958
Author: Briceland, V.
Publisher: Flux
Published: April 2010
Retail: $9.95    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: On his first sea voyage, Nic Dattore faces vicious pirates, then, with a motley crew of castaways, decides to commandeer the pirate ship to return home, racing against time to save the magical city of Cassaforte from a diabolical plot.
Additional Information
Target Grade: 10-12
Grade level: 10-12
Physical Information: 0.75" H x 75.00" L x 5.00" W
Bargain Category: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, High School, Middle School, Science Fiction
Grade level(s): 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 July)

Gr 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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