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Saturday, 25 February 2012

On My Library Wish-List

Author: Conrad Mason
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Publication Date: 1 Mar 2012

Synopsis from Amazon

Captain Newton and his men keep watch over Port Fayt, where humans live in peace alongside trolls, elves and fairies. They've always kept the town safe from pirates and smugglers. But now Fayt is under threat from a much more powerful enemy - the League of the Light, who have sworn to destroy all non-humans. And to make matters worse, a dangerous witch has just arrived in town . . .

Half-goblin boy Joseph Grubb works in his uncle's tavern, the Legless Mermaid, and has only ever heard stories of the Demon's Watch. But when he runs away from his uncle and finds himself deep in a criminal underworld, Grubb might be the one person who could help the watchmen save Port Fayt.

Huge thanks to Liz at My Favorite Books for bringing this one to my attention. I think it will be a terrific addition to the school library.

I have been lucky enough to get a review copy. My fabulous Year 9 reviewer is currently reading it. Cant wait to see what she thinks.

Title: The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists
Series: The Pirates!
Author: William Defoe
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication Date: 5 Jan 2012

Synopsis from Goodreads

1837: the Victorian Era approaches and the golden age of piracy draws to a close. Worried that his pirates are getting bored with a life of winking at pretty native ladies, sitting about on tropical beaches, and trying to stick enough jellyfish together to make a bouncy castle, the Pirate Captain decides it's time they had an adventure. A chance encounter with the young Charles Darwin - embarked upon the voyage of discovery that will one day make him famous - leads the Captain and his rag-tag crew from the exotic Galapagos Islands to the fog filled streets of Victorian London, where they encounter grisly murder, vanishing ladies, a diabolical Bishop, the Elephant Man, and have an exciting trip to the zoo.

THE PIRATES! is a rollicking read: uproariously funny, unexplainably daft, gently knowing and insightful - one of the very few books to deal with the weighty issues of science versus religion, whilst at the same time featuring a lot of roaring and running people through. 

I came across this one thanks to Andy at The Pewter Wolf  it sounds like a brilliant addition to the school library. There is actually an entire series featuring different adventures with the pirates. Pupils would gain knowledge through humor that way they wont realize they are actually learning.  A cunning plan me thinks [ ; D ] 


  1. Pirates in an adventure with scientists is awesome - so funny! Great choice for the library :D

  2. I hope you manage to get these for the library! I think my copy of The Demon's Watch is a proof copy but it is very much needed for the library as it is AMAZING! I loved it!


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