Reviews for Pirate Captain's Daughter

VOYA Reviews 2011 June
Bunting has a skill for crafting historical fiction with magnetic and inspiring characters. The Pirate Captain's Daughter is no exception. Fifteen-year-old Catherine is very familiar with being on her own. For the past few years, she has been caring for her ill mother while her father has been on long trips at sea. Catherine suspects that her father is a pirate captain from the looks of his clothing and associates when he returns home for visits. When her mother passes away, rather than be sent away to live with her aunt, she begs her father to take her with him on the next voyage of his ship, The Reprisal. In order for him to do so, she must pretend to be his son, as females are thought to bring bad luck to the ship. She soon discovers that pirate life is bloody and violent, and there are certain members of the crew who are conspiring against her father. Catherine is tested both physically and mentally as she tries to protect herself and her father. There is an element of romance when she meets William, a young crew member. She must struggle with concealing her identity while still maintaining her composure as his peer The ending is a bit too neat and predictable, but, despite that flaw, this is a gripping and entertaining novel that will have readers sucked in until the last page. Even teens who are not fond of historical fiction will enjoy The Pirate Captain's Daughter.--Victoria Vogel $8.95 Trade pb. ISBN 978-1-58536-525-8. 4Q 4P M J S Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.