Sunday, September 6, 2015

Book Review: Arrgh!

Welcome to Day 6 of Children's week!

Join Christopher and Lucy, Leo the Attack-Mouse-for-Hire, Sugar the Monkey, and a throng of talking bats--as they battle pirates on the high seas. When 13-year-old Christopher runs away from an orphanage, he is kidnapped by undercover pirates who force him to pretend he is a relative who cannot speak, as they sign on to a merchant ship they are plotting to plunder. Trapped in silence, Christopher discovers he can talk with a highly skilled mouse who will teach him Five Life Lessons. The Captain's 12-year-old daughter Lucy discovers the truth about Christopher and befriends him. But can they stop the pirates? This thrilling tale piles on the fun, hidden treasure, swashbuckling swordfights, terrifying storms and island paradise adventures that make pirate sagas so enjoyable. What sets Arrgh! apart is its hero's heartwarming wish for family, and how he comes to find the family he will treasure forever.

My Review:

I got this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

At first I thought this was going to be a graphic novel. Can you blame me, with that cover? But once I got past that fact, I really enjoyed this book and it's loose parallels to the Orphan Annie story. To me, Annie was an important tale of self strength, confidence, and who your real family is--especially when you have none by blood near you. As I thought about it more a lot of stories were out there to do that for me. A little Princess, Matilda...but none I could think of that did the same thing for boys. Aargh! is a very much needed tale of bravery and friendship that was enjoyable to read even at 22 years old.

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