A Pirate Voyage with Captain Drake
Sir Francis Drake (1542–1596) became well-known among pirates and privateers. He was an experienced and daring seafarer. One of his most famous voyages was his successful circumnavigation of the world between 1577 and 1580 which ensured that he would be one of the best remembered figures of Tudor England.
Emmet never knew he had a cousin–a significant discovery for anyone, but for Emmet, life-changing. Within moments of meeting Captain Francis Drake, Emmet is invited to be his cousin’s servant aboard The Pelican on a glorious trading expedition to exotic Alexandria, Tripoli, and Constantinople. It is a chance to go on a great voyage and to escape the angry mobs who now threaten him and his home.
Reviews and Comments
“Lawlor paints her characters with a fine-tipped brush. Francis Drake, a brilliant naval hero was also a cruel pirate driven by greed as well as glory. … Lawlor has ably done her research.” (Chicago Sun-Times, 24 Jul 2005, 9B)
“…a captivating and compelling adventure of a young man caught in a whirlpool of terrible, traumatic events.” (Evanston Round Table, 24 Aug 2005, p 17)
“…the story is authentic and harrowing, and the historical details are well done. This book would be perfect for older teens who love historical fiction, or want more on pirates.” (School Library Journal)
“This is darker than most YA fiction, but highly realistic; it will certainly appeal to YAs who like realistic historical fiction, especially sea adventures.” (KLIATT)
“Realistic, well-researched historical novel … [provides] vivid insights into the character of Francis Drake.” (VOYA)
“Based as closely as possible on the sometimes-scant historical record, Lawlor’s work is full of adventure and lively detail; a solid afterword and author’s note continue the story.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“…ambitious Francis pushes forward to achieve his goal of ‘girdling the globe.’ Lawlor’s obviously exhaustive research comes through. [Lawlor’s account] will appeal to readers…” (Booklist)
written by Laurie Lawlor
Simon & Schuster,2005
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