Sam Silver: Undercover Pirate

There used to be a bit of a gap in the market of great stories for younger boys. This has been admirably addressed in recent times, and now there are some fabulous books around. A wonderful addition is a new series by Jan Burchett and Sara Vogler about young Sam Silver, a regular soccer-loving fellow who lives with his parents in a small seaside town. One day, while he’s playing on the beach he discovers an old bottle which he thinks would be perfect for his collection of interesting things. On further investigation, he finds it contains a letter written by none other than Joseph Silver, captain of the Sea Wolf, and a distant relation of Sam’s! It also holds a gold doubloon which turns out to be magic, and transports Sam back in time to the 1700s. What follows is much swash-buckling, treasure-hunting and rollicking adventures before Sam returns to the present in time for his shift at his parent’s fish & chip shop. The first two in the series have been released: Skeleton Island and The Ghost Ship. Great fun for 7-10 year old adventure lovers! Paperback $13