LILY AND THE PIRATES by Phyllis Root
TREASURE MAPS AND FRUIT FLIES
Sea fears, shipwreck, search.
Library. Bravery. Great
uncle. Pirates. Rescue.
Middle grade (ages 8 and up)
Fantasy fiction / adventure / pirate story!
Third person close POV
Main character – 10 year old Lilly
Pirate adventure – mystery as well
Ordinary world presented with nautical detail
Sensory – smells, sounds, sights
Dialogue – unique and witty
Themes – fears, timidity, list making as soothing balm, secrets, rescue missions, saviors, transformation
Tongue in cheek allusions – bedtime, bad language, etc – designed by author to make adults smile while reading out loud to younger audience?
Humor, adventure, action, excitement
Courage earned and learned leads to happy ending – transformation from bookish fearful little girl to adventurous, mystery solving pirate girl