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LILY AND THE PIRATES by Phyllis Root

Posted in reviewku: pirate (all), reviewku: plunder, middle grade

TREASURE MAPS AND FRUIT FLIES

Sea fears, shipwreck, search.

Library. Bravery. Great

uncle. Pirates. Rescue.

 

Nitty Gritty:

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