Just a tiny review tonight, because it was recently Talk Like A Pirate Day and I talked about this new middle grade novel on my blog.
I read The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates in only a few hours, and while there are bits of it which I thought could have been done better – the setting was a little vague with elements of fantasy mixed in with traditional old-fashioned English references, and some of the minor characters seemed rather one dimensional – I must say that I heartily enjoyed the novel’s message and admired the heroine’s spirit. It was also quite refreshing to read a middle grade book about a young girl defying high society’s expectations in which characters who wanted to be governesses or accomplished ladies were treated with respect rather than scorn. Not all of us want to be rogues, and Carlson did a marvelous job of encouraging her readers to follow whatever path truly calls to them by including a governess with as much mettle as the fiercest pirates and a fishmonger’s daughter whose wit and compassion is never dampened by the effort she puts into finishing school. Even though I wish there had been a bit more detail to the actual piracy than mere treasure hunts and violent exclamations, I can safely say that my nine year old self would have adored this book! I’ll be recommending it to boys and girls alike who like quick witted characters and rollicking adventures. There’s also a talking gargoyle who may have been my favorite character.