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Author: Adrienne Kress

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Publisher: Weinstein Books,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Alexandra Morningside never liked the Wigpowder-Steele Academy ... until sixth grade, that is. When Alex learns that Mr. Underwood, her teacher, is a descendant of the Infamous Wigpowder, founder and pirate, she volunteers to help him claim his inheritance. Not as easy as it sounds, especially when Mr. Underwood is kidnapped! And so her journey toward finding (and becoming) a pirate begins. This is a fantasy adventure for Tomboy heroines everywhere.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, family reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 12 and up

Interest Level: 8 and up

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: I felt like the book was corny, especially the end. The whole book can be summarized as someone's friend is kidnapped, she goes on an adventure to find him, she finds friends to help her, and in the end, the two friends are reunited. Since this book does not feel very unique, I would not recommend this book. A book that I would recommend that is very similar to this one is Alice in Wonderland,because it is practically the same thing. I would also recommend Peter Pan because it is similar as well.

Adult Reader Reaction: Refreshing! Finally, a fantasy that DOESN'T involve magic and sorcery! The story is captivating, Alex is endearing, and the author doesn't take herself (or you) too seriously! The book offers fantasy, adventure, and humor all in great balance!

Pros: Teens and adults can enjoy this fantasy adventure, as it has something to offer everyone.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This one will get dog-earred as everyone in the house takes a turn reading it. It is available as an audio book ... what a delight this would be on a long trip.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE AZURA STONES   THE JOURNEY (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Book Two)   CYNTHIA'S ATTIC: THE MAGIC MEDALLION

Educational Themes: This is just a fun book to read.

Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, adventure

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2007, December 2011

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