Title: Pirate’s PromisePirate's Promise
Author: Clyde Robert Bulla
Illustrator: Peter Burchard
Pages: 88
Recommended Ages: 7 & up
Star Rating: ★★★★★

From the author of Riding the Pony Express and The Sword in the Tree comes this story of a pirate’s promise!

The Story.

Tom and Dinah Pippin wouldn’t have chose to intrude in their uncle’s home. But they had no choice – there was no one else to whom they could go when their parents died, and they had no way of protecting themselves.

They expected their uncle, Big John to treat them roughly. But instead, he offers to take Tom to the city and find a job for him! Tom gladly agrees, and it is not until he finds himself roughly shoved aboard ship that he discovers his uncle has sold him as a slave! However will he escape?


So you’re probably wondering – what does any of that have to do with pirates? Well, as it happens, the ship that Tom is aboard is captured by a pirate ship. When Captain Land of the pirate ship sets the others free, Tom boldly asks that he be taken back to England to be with his sister. Captain Land promises that for however long Tom sails with them, he will not be forced into a piratical lifestyle and that one day he will indeed be reunited with his sister.

Thereafter ensues a few sea battles and a run in with Captain Land’s archnemesis, Captain Red. In the end, having fully experienced the thrills and sadnesses of a pirate’s life, Tom is reunited with his sister in a happy home.

Conclusion. A fine story which fans of piratical or otherwise historical adventures will enjoy.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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