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“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
Summary: It's summer vacation, and one of Fish's "jobs" is to entertain his little sister. So Fish, and his friends Roger and T.J. take Feenie and her friends on an old whaler to play Pirate. When Norman "Fish" Finelli and his friends get teased by the Bryce Billings, Fish tries to cover it up saying they were making a dry run to find Captain Kidd's Treasure. Pushed a little further, Fish bets Bryce that he and his friends are going to find Captain Kidd's lost treasure! And they have exactly 2 weeks to do it. Just as they're getting started, the boys discover that the library director may be on the same hunt. Can they possibly get there first? This is an action-packed, humorous story for kids of all ages.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 8 and up; read yourself: 10 and up
Interest Level: 8 and Up
Age of Child: Read with and by an 11-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: "This is hilarious!" Our daughter laughed out loud or cried "uh oh" at least once in every chapter. When we read in the evening, we would set a specific chapter count, but she would ask to keep reading by herself.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is delightful, fun for adults, and wholesome. It is nice to see a positive spin on a brother-sister relationship. Bryce Billings as a bully is not overplayed. The story has the feel of a bit of a throwback in time for us, but still cool enough for today's kids.
Pros: Fast, funny, and fun. Everyone can enjoy this summer adventure. This would be a great choice for kids who love pirate stories!
Cons: None. Can't wait to read book two.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is one that the kids will hand around.
Educational Themes: There are plenty of themes: friendship, responsibility, expectations, assumptions, handling your emotions. There are lots of fun facts, too. This could easily be the trigger to kids wanting to read more about Captain Kidd and the lost treasure.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.