Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Review: Elspeth and the Pirate's Adventure by J. Bean Palmer

Title: Elspeth and the Pirate's Adventure (Cape Cod Witch Series #2)
Author: J. Bean Palmer
Source: Author Request
Genre: Middle Grade
Release Date: January 28 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Book II in the popular award winning Cape Cod Witch Series featuring ElsBeth Amelia Thistle, the youngest witch on Cape Cod. 
On an innocent field trip to Boston's historic Freedom Trail, ElsBeth and her classmates become entangled in the fateful kidnapping of another student - a young Arabian Prince. 
Under the Old North Church they meet the famous freedom fighter, the pirate ghost Captain Thomas Jacques, who leads them on a daring rescue attempt across treacherous waters to Nantucket Island. And along the way ElsBeth and her friends get a real-life lesson in fighting for freedom and caring about something bigger than themselves. 
Readers also discover a treasure chest of historical nuggets and Cape and Islands lore, together with a brief sketch of the authentic pirates featured in Books I and II. 
Originally in print as The Cape Cod Witch and the Legend of the Pirate, this enhanced and expanded edition includes twenty-five original, full-color illustrations and other stylized graphic art.

Once again Elspeth finds herself caught up with a pirate - only this time they are on the same side.  When another boy is kidnapped she enlists the help of everyone (man and animal) that she can find.  Full of some very exciting things - boat chases, underground tunnels, Arabian princes, and ghosts - Elspeth has quite a day.

Again there is a little bit of history mixed into the story in a way that makes it fun and exciting (along with some nice vocabulary words).  While we didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first, it was still a whole lot of fun.  Some of the illustrations are duplicates, but there are a few that are new and they were very beautiful.

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