Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Review: Elsbeth and the Pirate's Treasure by J Bean Palmer

Title: Elsbeth and the Pirate's Treasure (Cape Cod Witch Series #1)
Author: J Bean Palmer
Source: Author Request
Genre: Middle Grade
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Book I in the popular award winning Cape Cod Witch Series. 
ElsBeth Amelia Thistle, the youngest witch on Cape Cod, is involved in all the normal aspects of growing up. Her teacher Ms. Finch is a horror, like something out of one of those scary movies her grandmother would never let her watch. And the obnoxious Robert Hillman-Jones has it in for her. 
But when Halloween approaches in the sleepy Cape Cod town, a never-quite-forgotten pirate's treasure awakens some serious trouble. ElsBeth and her friend Johnny Twofeathers, chief-to-be of the local Wampanoag tribe, together with a cast of spirited classmates and curious magical creatures (including two troublesome fairies from the old country), must face off against dangerous outsiders - and the notorious pirate Billy Bowlegs - to restore the balance of past and present, good and evil. 
Originally in print as The Cape Cod Witch and the Pirates Treasure, this enhanced and expanded edition includes twenty-one original, full-color illustrations.

Elsbeth is the youngest Cape Cod Witch and she seems to cause just a little bit of mischief (but maybe it isn't really her fault).  But she isn't the only one - the second grade boys have a super secret plan that doesn't go very well.  It's up to Elspeth and her friends to make sure they make it out alive!

I loved this little book.  It's just the right length for a child delving into their first chapter books, and with the handful of illustrations to liven up the pages it was very enjoyable.  I like that the Halloween lore used seemed to be fairly historically accurate (from what I remember of history class).  Elsbeth was incredible likeabele and there were even a few non too subtle lessons thrown in for good measure.  This was a very fun read.

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