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The Pirate Captain's Daughter (Eve Bunting’s Pirate Series) (edição 2011)

por Eve Bunting (Autor)

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Upon her mother's death, fifteen-year-old Catherine puts her courage and strength to the test by disguising herself as a boy to join her father, a pirate captain, on a ship whose crew includes men who are trying to steal a treasure from him.
Título:The Pirate Captain's Daughter (Eve Bunting’s Pirate Series)
Autores:Eve Bunting (Autor)
Informação:Sleeping Bear Press (2011), Edition: 1st, 208 pages
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Etiquetas:2011-reads, historical-fiction, juvenile, pirates

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The Pirate Captain's Daughter por Eve Bunting

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    The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle por Avi (kthomp25)
    kthomp25: Another book about a young girl at sea.
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I'm not sure who this book was meant for. The writing's lack of depth is a problem for teens and adults and the content is too mature for a younger audience. The denouement of the plot near the end of the book comes pretty much out of nowhere and feels like a betrayal of the author to her readers. The heroine was also weak and her first-person narrative quickly became tiresome. As I read I couldn't help but compare the book to one of my favorite YA books, "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle," by Avi. I got the impression that this book was trying for what that one did effortlessly and failed miserably. If you haven't read "Charlotte Doyle" yet I suggest picking that one up and reading it instead. It's an exciting, thought-provoking adventure story with a strong female protagonist. In other words it offers everything this title does not. ( )
  bugaboo_4 | Jan 3, 2021 |
Following her mother’s death, fifteen-year-old Catherine disguises herself as a boy to join her father’s pirate crew. After the ship, the Reprisal, sets sail, she finds life on board a pirate ship is not for the faint of heart. If her secret is uncovered, punishment will be swift and brutal for both Catherine and her father.
  KilmerMSLibrary | Apr 29, 2013 |
Almost unreadable. The language is stilted, the characters cardboard and utterly predictable, the setup ridiculous. To be meticulously honest, I did not read the whole book. I stuck it out for as long as I could, but there was no one, absolutely no one to care about here. Give it a miss. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
Sixteen year old Catherine DeVault lives in a small coastal town with her mother Maggie. Over the years Catherine has come to realize that her father is not a Royal Navy Officer, but a pirate. She has always longed to go sailing and would often daydream about what her father's ship would be like. After Catherine's mother dies she begs her father to allow her to join his crew, but women onboard bring bad luck. So she cuts her hair, trades her dress for boy's clothes and changes her name to Charlie. Once she arrives on her father's ship, The Reprisal, her job is to play her flute along with the other musicians. She befriends Red, a pirate who plays the violin, and he tells her about the different parts of the ship and the tasks that the crew must carry out. Catherine also takes the pirate code and if she breaks it the punishments are flogging, leg irons or keelhauling. Catherine's father warns her that he can't give her any special treatment and if his crew finds out both will be killed. Catherine notices how her father's personality changes. When he came home to vist he was both loving and kind to her and her mother, but once on the ship he is stict and cruel, using force to keep his men in line. She witnesses her first sea battle and sees how the pirates capture their prey. Two of the men, the McDonald brothers Herc and Hooper, do not like Catherine at all and they take it upon themselves to harass her. William, the cabin boy, eventually figures out that she is a girl after coming to defend her against Herc. Afterwards, they begin to show romantic feelings toward each other. Catherine later discovers that the McDonald brothers are after something her father has. She finds out from Red that it is a stone called the Burmese Sunrise. Hec finds out that Catherine is a gril and he plans on revealing her to the crew if her father doesn't tell him where the stone is.
I have read a lot of pirate books in the past and this one disappointed me somewhat due to a slow start and less action throughout the book. However, it ended on a cliff hanger so the author may write a sequel. ( )
  ckalinowski | Dec 4, 2011 |

Catherine's mother has just died - and her father is a pirate. Dealing with grief, Catherine must convince her father to allow her to go on his next cruise with him. He is the only hope she has left; she doesn't want to be left with her Aunt. She has wanted adventure all her life, and this is finally the chance. And then there's the question of the man who was prowling around their house the night before her mother died. He'd gotten in, looking for something, and Catherine barely managed to scare him away. If she stays, something like that could happen again. So when her father accepts, Catherine is thrilled. But pirate life is not what Catherine - now Charlie - bargained for. And the danger of her request may cost her the lives of those she loves.

My thoughts -
If this book hadn't been so short, I would have put it down half way through. Or maybe, if it had been longer, it would have been better, with more meat and substance and intrigue. But the fact of the matter is: it was short, underdeveloped, and even stupid.
I know Eve Bunting was trying to create a pirate world that was based off reality more than romanticism, but I'm sorry, it just didn't work. There was nothing working in her favor here. The events were real, perhaps, but not beneficial to the story. Things must happen for a reason, or else all falls apart. Writing a realistic story does not mean having characters die for no reason. (Well, if there was a reason, I must have missed it...)
With that said, here is a little explanation for why I finished this book (it's not much, I can assure you; how did I manage?!):
1. I liked the writing.
2. It had potential. By potential, I mean I was able to, in my mind, picture things the way I wanted them to be or to go. Other than that... Yah. That's pretty much it.

Character notes -
There was very little character development. Charlotte was a sweet girl who meant well and learned a lesson, but she fell flat. William was the best character, but he was so underdeveloped it was sad...I wanted to get to know him more. The rest of the characters felt forced and unnatural. Like, maybe Bunting was trying to create interesting and unusual characters. Maybe trying too hard. Because basically, it lacked. Someone's distinct, strong, and disgusting smell should not be his only distinguishable character trait.

Story notes -
I was so looking forward to a story about pirates that's actually good. (The other one I read was Steel by Carrie Vaughn. Come on, people! Step it up a notch!) Unfortunately, I discovered not too far into this story that that was too much to ask. I felt like there was seriously no adventure. Danger, maybe a bit. Lots of talking and explaining. Quite a bit of useless details and hurried explanations packed into tiny sentences. Within seventy pages or so, she was already on the ship. At seventy-five pages or around there, William figured out she was a girl. Wait, there are only 125 pages left - how's she going to tie up everything and finish it off well, when not much as actually happened?!
Truth is, she didn't. She didn't let the suspense build and explode in the end. Instead, she'd let you think about some mystery for twenty pages or less and then explain away the suspense.

Disappointing, much?

Summing it up -
Flat. Boring. Fast. Too fast. Too short. Too uninteresting. I wish it had been more, but unfortunately it wasn't.

For the parents - Recommended to ages 11+. But it was stupid because at the end it was implied that Catherine and William have sex on the beach where they're marooned, after they've practically starved for two weeks. It was weird to say the least - they hadn't even developed a relationship! Ugh!

So, basically I'm looking for a good, solid, realistic and still romantic pirate story. Anyone have any suggestions? ( )
  yearningtoread | Nov 26, 2011 |
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Carolyn Phelan (Booklist, Feb. 15, 2011 (Vol. 107, No. 12))
After her mother’s death, 15-year-old Catherine declares that she wants to disguise herself as a boy and join her father, the captain of a pirate ship, on his next voyage. He agrees reluctantly, warning that “a female on a ship can only be disaster.” Though there are villains aboard, Catherine (now called Charlie) finds friends as well, and she falls into the rhythm of shipboard life. When her secret is discovered, though, disaster strikes again and again. The first-person narrative reads smoothly. A subplot of hidden treasure runs through the story, motivating the best and worst in the men aboard the ship. Readers looking for rollicking pirate adventures may want to look elsewhere, for though Catherine finds adventure and romance aboard the ship, the story’s frequently dark tone is more in keeping with realistic piracy than the cheerful, choreographed swashbuckling familiar to moviegoers. Still, this historical novel delivers action, intrigue, and mild romance while hinting that a sequel may follow. Grades 6-9
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