Friday, June 17, 2011

Fish (fiction)

Ahoy, and welcome aboard on Fun Friday! But 'twere no fun for Maurice Reidy to give up country life and become an errand boy for his uncle in Dublin. The only swimmer in his large and impoverished family, he's known as "Fish" and would certainly rather swim than fight.

How was Fish to know that he'd be kidnapped by pirates during his very first errand? And what a crew of pirates! A captain who'd rather search for treasure than capture other ships, a gunner who's expert in cannons and cheese, and a girl cook!

Life on board a pirate ship challenges both Fish's swimming skills and his conciliatory abilities, as he tries to stave off mutiny while the captain solves an intricate puzzle, then "The Scurvy Mistress" must outrace other would-be pirates to the treasure.

A rollicking read on the high seas, and a great addition to any pirate's library of fantastic fiction - with nary an Arrrggh in sight!

Book info: Fish / by Gregory Mone. Scholastic, 2010. [author's website] [author's blog] [publisher site] [book trailers one and two]

Recommendation: Living in bustling Dublin or a poor country farm? At age 11, Fish (nicknamed for his swimming skills) will soon find out which he prefers as he leaves his large family's small farm to work for his uncle as a courier. But his first parcel is snatched just as he is delivering it to Mr. Swift on the city dock! Chasing the thieves, Fish watches them row toward a menacing ship across the harbour and decides to swim after them to recover the bag of coins.

The sailors aren't going to give up their prize easily, and Fish finds himself kidnapped - aboard a pirate ship! A good captain (and his wife!), a skilled ship's cook (a girl!), a silent giant, a first mate plotting mutiny, and Fish's own determination to survive without fighting make life aboard ship complicated. The coins are part of a treasure map that must be unpuzzled...

Ahoy! "The Scurvy Mistress" is being pursued by Mr. Swift and his ship full of treasure hunters who shoot first and talk later! And they want those coins so they can complete the treasure map!

As they race to find the treasure predicted by the mysterious coins, Fish and crew must overcome treacherous waters, nefarious plots, and terrible smells. Who will discover it first - the honest pirates or the dishonest treasure hunters?

Travel the high seas with a young man who's true to himself in this tale of adventure and danger (and really funny characters!). (One of 5,000 books recommended on


  1. Tia - The pirates are a bunch of funny characters; this would be a good family read-aloud, especially if you have fun with all the different voices. And you don't have to Arrrgghh at all!

    **Katy M
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